PORT ORCHARD — A recent study sanctioned by the Port of Bremerton commissioners shows that the Port Orchard Marina generated $10.7 million in sales revenue and created 66 jobs in 2019.
The marina has 465 moorage slips for liveaboards, tenants and guest boaters, according to port commissioners. The Port of Bremerton is responsible for the operation of the Port Orchard Marina and the jobs, income and sales tax it generates.
According to the study, activities at the Port Orchard Marina also brought in about $3.5 million in labor income for the region and approximately $1.7 million in revenue through boat slip leases. The revenue and jobs are created by visiting boaters, Port Orchard Yacht sales, various engineering firms, fishing charter companies and contractors in South Kitsap.
“We’re looking forward to continuing to expand and improve the marina in the coming years,” said Jim Rothlin, the Port’s CEO. “With the replacement of the breakwater and expansion of tenants such as Freedom Boat Club, we’re working hard to help increase the economy around here and ensure that we enhance the community’s quality of life.”
Port Orchard Marina’s breakwater replacement is scheduled to be completed in 2022.
The Port’s study also researched how its holdings benefited the community through the industrial park, Bremerton National Airport and Bremerton Marina.
The Port’s largest project in the next few years will be the replacement of the Port Orchard Marina breakwater, which was originally constructed in 1973. The breakwater replacement is expected to be completed by 2022.
Port tenant gives two scholarships
EAA Chapter 406 – The Rainbows, a Port of Bremerton tenant at Bremerton National Airport, has awarded two $10,000 scholarships to two of its members for flight training.
The Ray Foundation made $1 million in scholarship money available to all EAA chapters. Of that amount, $10,000 was awarded to Daniel Bailey. Julia Fisher also was given a $10,000 scholarship by the EAA Chapter 406, Bremerton Pilots Association and @avianflightcenter.