PORT HUENEME : Fosse Hopes to Keep Post on Harbor Panel

Raymond Fosse, a retired harbor pilot in Port Hueneme, has announced that he will seek reelection to the Oxnard Harbor District Board of Commissioners.

Fosse, 55, was first elected to the five-member board that oversees the port in 1990. More than $200 million in cargo is shipped out of the harbor each year, Fosse said. The district takes in about $6 million annually in revenue from shipping companies that use the harbor.

Fosse said that if reelected, he would work toward completing an agreement with the Navy to share the use of its wharf with commercial carriers. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who supported legislation that allowed the military-owned wharf to be used for commercial purposes, recently visited the port to show her support of the joint-use plan.

"We're very close to completing the (agreement with the Navy), and I'd like to make sure it happens as planned," he said.

Fosse worked as a ship's captain for close to 40 years, including 20 years as the Port Hueneme Harbor pilot. He is currently serving as president of the Harbor Commission.

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