Port of Kingston ordered to pay $166K in public records lawsuit
Nathan Pilling, February 10, 2017, Kitsap Sun
A Kitsap County judge has ordered the Port of Kingston to pay out roughly $166,000 to a former Kingston business owner.
Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Bassett ruled Friday afternoon that the port owes Beth Brewster about $75,000 in penalties and about $91,000 in legal fees and other costs resulting from her public records lawsuit.
Brewster said in a statement Friday that she was pleased with the court for recognizing that the port “repeatedly violated the Public Records Act by withholding information from me,” and said she was weighing her options for any additional legal action.
Boaters warned about fraudulent vessel documentation renewal letter
Port of Edmonds, February 10, 2017, My Edmonds News
The Port of Edmonds is sharing as a public service this fraud alert regarding a bogus vessel documentation renewal letter coming from a company called U.S Vessel Documentation. The letter looks like an official letter from the United States Coast Guard, but it is not.
Bob Jacobsen, Fleet Commander for the Edmonds Yacht Club, sent a email to members warning them about the fraudulent letter, noting it requests a renewal fee of $75 when the actual fee from the Coast Guard is $26.
Bremerton council, mayor spar over roles
Josh Farley, February 12, 2017, Kitsap Sun
Some members of the Bremerton City Council bristled last week when they were asked to approve $25,100 for dry dock maintenance of the USS Turner Joy museum ship.
The Vietnam-era destroyer, a familiar sight on the waterfront, is in dry dock. The money’s already being counted on among the $800,000 for the total work.
That led a visibly frustrated Councilman Dino Davis to ask Mayor Patty Lent at the council’s meeting Wednesday why the council was being asked “after the cow’s left the barn,” he said.
Little Anderson Parkway seawall undergoing repairs
Terryl Asla, February 12, 2017, Kitsap Daily News
When most people walk along the Little Anderson Parkway waterfront between the SEA Discovery Center and the Brass Kraken, they may not give any thought to the seawall beneath them that holds back erosion.
Unfortunately, that sea wall needed repair.
Under an interlocal agreement between the City of Poulsbo and the Port of Poulsbo, construction work began in late January on the Little Anderson Parkway parking lot that serves SEA Discovery Center, the port, and adjacent businesses.
Boy Scouts, Port of Woodland to restore community orchard
Marissa Luck, February 10, 2017, The Daily News
Along a rural road in the Woodland Bottoms, there’s a small grove of scraggly, moss-covered trees clustered near the charred remnants of an old burned home. Walnut shells litter the ground and a hawk flies over an empty field behind the trees. If it weren’t for a decaying sign with some missing letters, it would be easy to miss the Guild-Klady Centennial Farm, an acre-or-so sized community orchard that dates back nearly 140 years.
A group of local boy scouts hope to change that.
With finanical help from the Port of Woodland, which owns it, the scouts are restoring the orchard so that anyone from the public can pick the apples, walnuts, pears, plums, cherries and other fruits, for free.