A stadium might be in Kitsap's future

"After four years of discussion, wrangling and shifting interests, the Kitsap County Commissioners Monday adopted a resolution creating a Public Facilities District.Commissioners Chris Endresen and Tim Botkin both said the time had come for the move. Charlotte Garrido was absent from the meeting while attending a family wedding in Europe. County Administrator Malcolm Fleming said the facilities district would have the power to acquire, control and operate sports and entertainment facilities within the county.Fleming added that the commission would be comprised of representatives from each of the county's four cities, plus one representative from each of the three commissioner districts.None of the representatives have been named officially yet, but Botkin, who represents Central Kitsap, said he hoped all seven representatives would be named at the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council's June meeting.We hope this provides a vehicle to create additional sports and recreational opportunities (within the county), Fleming said.Rick Smith of Silverdale, a prime mover behind the creation of the Public Facilities District, expressed his gratitude to the commissioners.Thanks for sticking with this. It will hopefully make our area more livable, the Silverdale attorney said.Smith has hopes of bringing a minor league baseball team to Kitsap County and hopes to get help with building a stadium. He was also a member of a county advisory committee, appointed in 1996, which studied the need and cost of new public facilities.That group discussed the viability of several facilities, including an ice arena, performing arts center, indoor soccer facility and trails.This has been going on for nearly four years, which is longer than I'd like to see, Endresen said.A lot of people put a lot of effort into this as volunteers. There are people in this county who do a lot of good things (for free) and this is one of those (good things), Botkin said.The resolution allows the PFD to own any facilities alone or jointly with public or private parties or entities and for imposing charges or fees for the use of these facilities."

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