New float debuts at Port Orchard Marina

Port of Bremerton Commissioners have not only decided to let their loyal boaters eat cake, but also enjoy a new, expansive float at the Port Orchard Marina that will offer much more room for both guests and tenants to enjoy all their waterfront property has to offer.

“The activity float is very popular with guest boaters,” said Chief Operating Officer Tim Thomson, explaining the float offers a place not only for people to meet other boaters or tie up their vessels, but also gather for social events as well.

Installed last week, the new 80-foot-by-40-foot float triples the space formerly available for events. It provides side-tie moorage that can handle three to four large vessels, and moorage for a boat 60 feet long or larger.

Port Commissioner Mary Ann Huntington described the float’s amenities such as power, water and area lighting as top-notch and said she was pleased the board and staff were able to offer the expanded float to their boaters.

“Our marina has the reputation around the area for having state-of-the-art amenities, and this just adds another reason why the boating public will enjoy their stay in Port Orchard,” Huntington said in a prepared release.

Huntington and the rest of the commissioners will celebrate the new float with a ribbon-cutting at the marina’s guest moorage today at 5 p.m., and offer cake and barbeque to those who attend.

Also this week, the commissioners are hosting a Transportation and Economic Development Summit.

Starting tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Gateway Center in Bremerton, the summit was designed by commissioners to “start a dialogue (about) transportation improvements that will be needed” along Kitsap County roads over the next couple of decades.

The commissioners said these improvements will be needed to accommodate future economic growth, citing in particular the new employment opportunities that the 3,400-acre South Kitsap Industrial Area will create.

Federal, state, county and city representatives and local business owners have all been invited to attend the summit.

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