Come Sail Away . . . from Bremerton

The Port of Bremerton has plans to build a bigger marina. Some critics say there isn’t the demand and that the design hasn’t proven itself able to block the wake the ferries create.
The added slips has been part of the vision for downtown redevelopment from the beginning, according to supporters.
I’m assuming most of us are not boaters, so the biggest differences would be more people walking downtown and a different view over the water.
Perhaps there are things you think a new marina adds. Or maybe you have thoughts about the port’s plans. The biggest question asked in the near future will be how to pay for it. The port could bond against existing general funds, or could add a six-year tax that would almost double the amount of property tax going to the port while it’s paying off the debt.
I’ll be paying close attention to the port’s ongoing discussion.

One thought on “Come Sail Away . . . from Bremerton

  1. There is an economic boon to the Port’s expanded marina. In an interview I read with Bill Mahan, the current Port Orchard marina generates a little over ~$1 million in local business revenue. These are dollars spent by people on board the vessels who come to Port Orchard to moor, visit friends, have friends visit, load up on supplies, have meals at local restaurants, watch movies, rent hotels, etc. It is expected that Bremerton’s expanded marina will generate over $2 million in local business revenue.

    The Port of Bremerton is also working very closely with the City of Bremerton and the Kitsap County Housing Authority in purchasing and developing the uplands next to the expanded marina.

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