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Passenger Only Ferry on Ballot
November's general election in Kitsap will include a ballot measure to fund a new Kitsap Transit Passenger Only Ferry system through an increase of 3/10 of a penny on our county sales tax. If passed, this program will replace the Washington State passenger only ferry system which was eliminated on September 21st , as well as 3 auto ferry runs from Bremerton to Seattle. This has caused many peak time auto ferries to be standing room only for the commuters. I am doing all I can to work with the State to get them to agree to run larger boats during peak times. The entire Ferry issue has become a very serious problem for our community and our citizens.
Thanks for Supporting the EMS Levy.
The good citizens of Bremerton gave a resounding 76% yes vote to continue the EMS service for the next six years. This means our Fire Department Medic1 Units will continue to provide emergency care when our citizens need quick attention. Thanks for your support.
Major New Day Care Center for Downtown
The Calvary Chapel Church purchased the old Sears building on 4th street and is remodeling it into a wonderful day care center to care for 50 to 100 children each day. What a great service for parents working downtown. Day care is often a huge challenge for parents and having a first class day care center right downtown will help attract companies that need this type of facility for their employees. Hats off to the Calvary Church for stepping up to help our City.
Mentors Leave Their Legacy
In a shocking turn of events for Bremerton, both Joe and Louis Mentor passed away last month. The Mentor brothers had been active in our community for more than 40 years and both will leave a legacy. Joe will be remembered as a wonderful father and hard nosed developer who bought and built many projects in Kitsap County. Louis will be remembered as a caring father who loved his community. As Bremerton's Mayor, Louis began the development of the Bremerton waterfront by building the Bremerton Boardwalk. Losing Joe and Louis is a loss for our City. Let's not forget their valuable contributions.
Bremerton Harborside is the new name and graphic identity given to our waterfront development area running from 1st to 6th streets, and from the Boardwalk to Pacific Street. The theme of Bremerton Harborside focuses on being a pedestrian friendly place for walking, shopping, visiting, eating, working and living. The fountain and steps extending to the waterfront boardwalk will make this the West Sound version of Victoria BC. The first project is scheduled to open in June of 2004.
City Says Welcome Home to USS Carl Vinson and Hosts 300 at Bremerton CityJazz Concert
City Attorney, Rodger Lubovich and his family joined the celebration on the Bremerton Boardwalk welcoming the crew of the USS Carl Vinson. The City gave away 200 US flags, free cookies and pop. A big thanks to Bremerton Bottling Co. who donated to both the Vinson event and CityJazz.
First Bremerton CityJazz Concert Attracts 300 Fans
The concert was a great success and the weather was perfect for music fans including Patty Lent, Kitsap County Commissioner and Mike Brown, of FPH Construction, Inc., an event sponsor. (shown at right). Thanks to everyone involved especially our partners, Joan Hanten, Director, Olympic College Foundation, Dr. Dave Mitchell, President, Olympic College, and P.J. Santos at OPUS. Let's do it again next year!
Huskies Host Invitational at Gold Mountain
With all the golf courses in King County, why does the University of Washington Golf Team conduct their invitational golf tournament at the Gold Mountain Olympic Course? For two reasons; they believe the Olympic Course is one of the best courses on the west coast and they love working with Bremerton City Golf Director Scott Alexander. Bremerton is a city that is for golf lovers. Within 15 minutes of our downtown are four of the best public golf courses in the state; McCormick Woods, Trophy Lake, and our two Gold Mountain courses, the Cascade Course, and the Olympic Course. Golf will be a major attraction for our the new Kitsap Conference Center. (By the way the Husky team won.)