Port of Bremerton Commissioners Reject Proposals to Privatize Marina

By Kitsap Sun Staff, January 8, 2013, Kitsap Sun

The Port of Bremerton commissioners late Tuesday evening unanimously rejected both proposals from private entities to run the Bremerton Marina.

Commissioners also closed the privatization process, for now.

A consultant said he couldn’t recommend either proposal from Marsh Andersen LLC, and principal owner Robert Wise of Bainbridge Island, and Marinas International Inc. of Dallas.

The Marsh Andersen proposal shifted some marina costs back to the port. The other from Marinas International would have incurred more loss than the underperforming, mostly empty marina is incurring now, according to the consultant.

The marina is losing close to $400,000 a year.

The meeting was heavily attended, with about 20 people.

Paul Sorensen of BST Associates of Kenmore was the consultant.

The press and public were not allowed to view the proposals beforehand, which prompted the Kitsap Sun to file a public-documents request.

The port had until Wednesday to respond to the request for public documents.

At the end of the meeting after discussion was shut down, commission President Larry Stokes handed copies of the proposals to the media.

Resident Aaron Lambert voiced his anger during the meeting.

“You need to make the process more open to the public,” he said

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