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Downtown Seattle sees influx of new, returning residents

Months after COVID-19 created a mass exodus, it appears more people are now moving back to the area.


To enter Canada, US visitors need to be vaccinated and this requirement is expected to remain in place for years. Cruise ships will not be welcomed back to Vancouver BC before November. Details at #waterfrontbiz

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COVID-related restrictions to enter Canada could last for years, health minister says

British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix said COVID-19 vaccinations will likely be required for years.


A court has ruled that cruise lines can require proof of vaccination from passengers. Full FDA approval of covid vaccines is expected to further bolster the authority of other businesses to do the same. #waterfrontbiz

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Judge rules Florida can't ban Norwegian Cruise Line 'vaccine passport'

A judge ruled on Sunday that Norwegian Cruise Line is permitted to ask customers to show proof of vaccination be…


Today marks the re-opening of Canada for travelers and visitors from America (not including cruise ships). The US reopening for Canadians is expected on August 21, but this is not yet confirmed. Details at #waterfrontbiz

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Vaccinated Americans can enter Canada starting Monday. Here are 11 things to know before a trip.

Canada is opening its borders to vaccinated U.S. travelers on Aug. 9, but tourists will notice a few differences compared to pre-pandemic trips.


Seattle Times reported today on a new study that analyzes the causes of delays and high construction costs in US transit projects. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/transportation/why-building-rail-transit-in-u-s-seattle-costs-so-much-and-takes-so-long/ #waterfrontbiz

A coalition of Seattle maritime organizations is asking the city to restore and maintain the Harbor Patrol, which helps keep people safe on/from the water. Read more at https://komonews.com/news/local/concerns-about-crime-boating-safety-behind-push-to-restore-seattle-harbor-patrol-staffing #waterfrontbiz

Canada is ready to open the border for non-essential travel on August 9. The US will be ready to follow suit on August 21, at least that is today’s latest announcement. Stay tuned. Northern neighbors, we await you:-) https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/07/21/canada-us-border-closed-biden/ #waterfrontbiz

Word on the street is that Canada may re-open its borders with the US for leisure travel in mid-August. #waterfrontbiz

Seattle Design Commission – 7/15/21 Agenda — Pier 58 is on the Agenda! Open for public comment. More at http://www.seattle.gov/designcommission/project-reviews/meetings #waterfrontbiz

Trees lining Seattle streets are having a tough time between the heat, drought, and now a newly found fungus. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/newly-discovered-fungus-spores-spurred-by-heat-and-drought-are-killing-seattle-street-trees/ #waterfrontbiz

The Puget Sound Partnership’s Science Panel will meet on Wednesday, July 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Thursday, July 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Details at https://psp.wa.gov/board_meetings.php #waterfrontbiz

SDOT is seeking approval to charge more for street parking during large, public events. A proposal is expected for the city council in the coming days. Details at https://komonews.com/news/local/seattle-transportation-agency-seeks-steep-increase-in-hourly-parking-rate-for-large-events #waterfrontbiz

The 1,000-foot long Norwegian Encore is at Pier 66 for provisions today. Completed in 2019, it is practically brand new. At full capacity, it can carry 4,000 passengers. It is set to sail from Seattle to Alaska on August 7. More at: https://www.portseattle.org/places/bell-street-cruise-terminal-pier-66 #waterfrontbiz

Trip of a lifetime for $100K pp with National Geographic and Wall Street Journal? Depart on a private jet from Seattle in September 2022. Details at https://www.nationalgeographic.com/expeditions/destinations/around-the-world/private-jet/explore-tradition-and-innovation-around-the-world #waterfrontbiz

Today marks the arrival of Ovation of the Seas in Seattle (pier 91) to prepare for the start of the 2021 Alaska cruise season with new crews and provisions! #waterfrontbiz

The revitalization plan announced today between the city of Seattle and community partners will include direct assistance to businesses, graffiti cleanup, and cultural activities. #waterfrontbiz

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Seattle announces plan to revitalize downtown after COVID-19 pandemic

To boost reopening and long-term recovery, the city will invest more than $9 million in…


Slow progress. It will be at least one more month until fully vaccinated Americans and Canadians will be allowed to travel freely again between the two countries. More at https://www.politico.com/news/2021/06/21/canada-us-border-reopening-july-5-vaccine-495335 #waterfrontbiz

London’s Oxford Circus is going pedestrian in an effort to rival NYC’s Times Square. The selection process for a designer is underway. Do you have the chops and vision? Throw your hat in the ring!

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£150m project to pedestrianise Oxford Circus seeks “world-class" designers | Design Week

The London thoroughfare is to be redesigned with two pedestrian-only piazzas this year in an attempt to rival New York’s Times Square.


Seattle is the first major US city to reach 70% vaccination rate among those 12 and older! https://komonews.com/news/local/seattle-reaches-70-full-vaccination-first-major-us-city-to-do-so #waterfrontbiz

Coast Guard proposes to triple the size of its Arctic operations on Seattle’s waterfront. Read more at https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/coast-guard-could-triple-base-size-on-seattle-waterfront-as-u-s-ramps-up-arctic-presence/ #waterfrontbiz

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