Daily Archives: July 25, 2008

Gov. Gregoire storms island beach

Gov. Chris Gregoire sunk her feet in Waterfront Park’s gravel beach on Friday to give a campaign speech awash in the politics of Puget Sound.

“Four million folks live around Puget Sound,” she said, speaking to about 45 people sitting along the beach banks. “When people ask me who is responsible for Puget Sound, I tell them it’s four million folks. It’s every one of us.”

Running for re-election against Republican Dino Rossi, Gregoire’s noontime stop on Bainbridge was part of a boat tour of the Sound. Other stops on Friday included Bremerton and Twanoh State Park in Mason County.

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$1 million a year for open space?

Islanders have said loud and clear they want more parks and open space.

Now the Bainbridge parks district wants to see if islanders are willing foot the bill.

Spurred by recent surveys that identify the preservation of open space and creation of new parks as top priorities for residents, the park officials have proposed a November ballot measure that would boost property taxes to generate about $1 million a year for the acquisition, development and maintenance of new properties.

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