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Commissioners get an earful about proposed NASCAR track

PORT ORCHARD — Last week’s announcement of the International Speedway Corp.’s intention to bring NASCAR to Kitsap County has generated widespread county reaction, including a flurry of e-mails to the Board of Commissioners.

While the track was not on the agenda for Monday’s commissioners meeting, it was discussed during the comment session. At that time, North Kitsap Commissioner Chris Endresen and Kitsap Alliance of Property Owners Executive Director Vivian Henderson, who rarely agree about anything, reached common ground: An informed opinion is impossible until all the facts are available.

After initially selecting a site near Marysville in Snohomish County, ISC publicly announced its decision to build a track near Bremerton National Airport on Thursday. Its next step is to present a formal proposal, which will clarify the specifics and outline the workings of the public/private partnership, including the amount ISC is willing to spend on the estimated $200 million project.

At that point, hearings sponsored by the county’s Department of Community Development will encourage public input.

ISC is planning a less official effort, with a public informational meeting planned for the end of July. ISC spokesman Stann Tate said there were no specifics yet, but South Kitsap Commissioner Jan Angel suggested using the Pavilion.

Angel said she expected attendees would have several different ways to provide feedback about the proposal.

“I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing for Kitsap County,” Endresen said. “But it’s

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