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NOAA MOC-P Homeport Groundbreaking
The Port of Newport celebrated a long anticipated groundbreaking for the new NOAA Marine Operations Center-Pacific on Thursday, June 3, 2010. The ceremony was held at the new NOAA MOC-P site in South Beach, with the sound of heavy equipment working in the background. Oregon's senators, congressmen, state legislators and governor were there, along with community leaders and 400+ of their constituents. The groundbreaking came just one day after NOAA announced its final determination, in a Public Notice Final Determination dated June 2, 2010 (see below), that there is no practicable alternative to relocating its Marine Operations Center-Pacific to the Port of Newport, Oregon. Co-hosts for the groundbreaking were: the Port of Newport, OSU-Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Rotary Club of Newport, City of Newport, Lincoln County, JC Market, and many local volunteers and donors.