Monthly Archives: June 2016

Hearing Tuesday on indoor vaping ban

0203_KSLO_Vape5-300x249UPDATE: The Health Board unanimously approved the indoor vaping ban Tuesday afternoon. No comments were given during the formal public hearing. 

Kitsap Public Health District Health Board will hold a formal public hearing Tuesday on a proposed ordinance that would ban vaping in indoor public places.

The board meeting is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. at the Norm Dicks Government center in Bremerton.

The ordinance would prohibit vaping in any interior space available to the public in Kitsap County, including workplaces, bars, restaurants, stores, buses and elevators.

The ordinance wouldn’t affect vaping in vape stores.

The health district had been developing a much broader set of vaping regulations before the Legislature approved an overarching state vaping law.

You can read the proposed ordinance here.

Kitsap hotels doing brisk business this spring

casinoresortopen03_18446453_ver1.0_640_4802015 was a very good year for Kitsap County hoteliers. 2016 is looking even better.

Kitsap posted the largest percentage increase in lodging revenues among major Washington counties this spring, according to a market survey by Smith Travel Reports made available by Visit Kitsap Peninsula.

Revenue was up nearly 30 percent, a change of about $2 million, January through April this year, compared with the first four months of 2015. Demand for lodging (the total number of room sold) was up 18 percent.

casinoresortopen02_18446452_ver1.0_640_480Visit Kitsap Executive Director Patty Graf-Hoke said the jump in revenue was partially driven by hotels raising room rates.

Hotels charged an average daily rate of $93 in April, up from $84 in April 2015.

Federal employees and contractors fill many Kitsap hotel rooms, particularly in the Bremerton area. The federal per-diem for lodging is currently $89.

But Graf-Hoke said hotels have enjoyed a recent influx of tourists, as well as construction workers employed at large developments in the county.

“The hoteliers are having the ability to charge higher room rates because of an increase in leisure travel,” Graf-Hoke said.

Kitsap Bank reports record-breaking first quarter

KBsm_CMYK_BlkT_logoKitsap Bank enjoyed the best first quarter in its 107-year history this year, according to a news release.

Holding company Olympic Bancorp reported a 55 percent year-over-year increase in earnings in the first three months of 2016. Net income totaled $2.64 million, compared with $1.70 in the same period of 2015.

Loans grew by 22 percent, from $485 million to $591 million. Deposits were up 13 percent, from $873 million to $989 million.

“Our performance continues to be robust in this economy, producing record results for the bank,” Kitsap Bank CEO Steve Politakis said in the release.

Port Orchard-based Kitsap Bank operates 21 locations in Western Washington. The bank topped $1 billion in assets for the first time last year.

Lender foreclosing on Stetson’s Heights development land

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A lender is foreclosing on more than 100 acres of Port Orchard land slated for residential development.

A notice of trustee’s sale was issued May 25 for the Stetson’s Heights property, which includes four parcels west of the Glenwood Road/Sedgwick Road intersection (see inset image).

According to the notice, Stetson Ridge Partners, LLC. of Tacoma owes more than $1.86 million in principal, interest and fees on a loan issued in 2013 by Fratelli’s LLC. of Auburn.

The combined assessed value for the parcels is $1.67 million.

The sale is scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 26 outside Givens Playfield at Tacoma Avenue and Sroufe Street in Port Orchard.

Previous owners of the property submitted a preliminary plat application to the city in 2007 but later requested officials hold off on approval. Stetson Ridge Partners acquired the land in 2013 and submitted a 362-lot, single-family subdivision.

Port Orchard Community Development Director Nick Bond said the city is currently reviewing a new application for the property.

New Eagle Harbor Marina owner plans overhaul

eagle.harborA new owner has acquired majority interest in Bainbridge Island’s Eagle Harbor Marina, and plans a major rebuild.

The new owner of the 105-slip marina is Eagle Harbor Partners, LLP, headed by islander Bob Wise. Wise said the popular facility was built in 1980 and needs some work.

“Our first effort will be to completely rebuild the facility,” Wise said in an announcement. “The current facilities are literally worn-out. When finished, the marina will offer industry leading amenities and environmental protections as part of Washington State’s Clean Marina Program.”

eagle.harbor.marinaThe overhaul will include new docks, pilings, electrical hardware, Wi-Fi and in-slip pump out, along with an upgraded security system. Wise said the work will be completed this winter.

Slips at the marina range from 30 feet to 90 feet. The onshore property includes bathrooms, showers, laundry storage and a 50-stall parking lot.

Separately, Wise owns the Home Port Marina in Brinnon, and Port Hadlock Marina. He’s the director of the Recreational Boaters Association of Washington and member of a number of other boating association. Wise also serves a marina marketing consultant for the Port of Bremerton.