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Slaton sees Bremerton as crown jewel

Steven Slaton sees the Brem-erton marina and surrounding waterfront as potential crown jewels of the Puget Sound.

“I would love to be part of a project that resulted in making a world-class marina,” Slaton said. “I look at it as crown jewel in the waterfront.”

As a self-proclaimed “wharf rat,” who did only three shore tours in a 29-year Navy career, Slaton said his new position is a perfect fit.

“One thing I did when I retired from the Navy was decided that I wanted to make an impact, so this is an extension of making an impact,” he said.

Boaters speak highly of the Port Orchard marina and Slaton said he has similar plan for its Bremerton counterpart.

“My vision is take the appearance and customer service and the attitude from the Port Orchard marina and just transplant that to the Bremerton marina,” he said.

The first steps toward that goal are finalizing the project and moving to the build phase, he said.

As the port’s director of facilities, Slaton said his responsibilities for the marina expansion are to ensure things are done time and underbudget.

“I ran large projects in the Navy including the overhaul of a submarine,” he said. “I’m confident have the management skills to oversee a large project like this.”

The marina expansion and improvement is a long-term project, and the schedules are being adjusted according to budget and

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