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Kitsap moving ahead with sports council

The creation of a Kitsap County Sports Council moved one step closer this week when its executive committee scheduled the development of a business plan.

“We need to do what we can to get this up and running,” said South Kitsap Commissioner Jan Angel. “We’re looking to get any kind of sporting events, to consider taking place in Kitsap County.”

Aside from Angel, the committee includes Public Facilities District Member Steve Stagner, McCormick Woods owner Shawn Cucciardi, and Visitor and Convention Bureau director Grant Griffin.

Griffin and Stagner will develop the business plan by the end of March and hope to implement the plan by April 15. Griffin said he will study similar plans in use by locations around the state as examples of how to accomplish the task.

“We can host any kind of play, or playoffs,” Griffin said.

There are several countywide facilities that could be appropriate hosts for a variety of events.

The Pendergast Facility in the City of Bremerton i perhaps the most versatile. The Bremerton Ice Rink is also first rate. And Griffin would like to get local high schools involved.

Griffin said he expects the council to bring events into Kitsap beginning in 2006.

“We’ve gone back to the basics on this idea,” he said. ”Everyone involved agrees with this concept and its worthiness.”

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