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August 10, 2009 at 2:31 PM

NOAA operation to relocate to Oregon coast

Welcome to Newport

I grew up in Seattle and retired in Newport, Ore. I have become appalled over these many years to how elitist my birth city has become. How dare anyone leave Seattle for something better and more cost-effective, let alone some small dinky town on the Oregon coast! What is this world coming to?

The answer may surprise some of my former big-city neighbors. Newport is a small town, but what we lack in population we make up in location. As Realtors say it’s “location, location, location.” Newport is a city of 10, 000 located on (this is a clue) the Pacific Ocean, where the NOAA fleet goes to do their research! What a concept!

We also have a world-class maritime-research facility in the Hatfield Marine Science Center of Oregon State University. It costs less to live here as our real-estate prices are paltry compared with Puget Sound, we are geared to the maritime industry as we are home to a major fishing fleet and Coast Guard facility. And, despite those who refuse to look at a map, Newport is only one hour away from Corvallis, two from Eugene and less than three from Portland. You can’t get around the Seattle metro area that quickly!

Besides we have awesome scenery, gorgeous sandy beaches, Wal-Mart, Fred Meyer and two Starbucks!

This is a fabulous place to live and this is coming from a big-city guy. Welcome, NOAA. Newport is thrilled you are coming!

— Jim Myers, Newport, Ore.

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