Port to consider extending marketing contract

An extension of a contract with Marsh Andersen LLC of Bainbridge Island is on the agenda for Bremerton Port commissioners to consider when they meet Tuesday.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the Bill Mahan conference room at the Port Administrative Offices, Bremerton National Airport, 8850 Highway 3, in Bremerton.

For the past year, the port has had a professional services contract with Marsh Andersen to market the Bremerton Marina.

Bob Wise, of Marsh Andersen, received $9,000 a month for services for the first five months, and then his fee was renegotiated to $4,300 a month. The extension of the contract calls for him to receive $4,000 a month, or $48,000 through June of 2015.

Thus far Wise has been paid more than $80,000 and in that time occupancy rates at the Bremerton Marina have gone from 30 percent to 50 percent.Summer occupancy rates average about 60 percent, port officials said.

Wise also has added several functions to the marina's events including participation in National Marina Day, and special value offers such as the Olympic Cruising Club which allows boaters who keep their boats at Bremerton to have free moorage at some participating marinas in the area.

Port CEO Jim Rothlin said to build on the success of the recent efforts of Wise to increase occupancy, he is recommending the extension.

He said the extension is a 36 percent decrease in what has been paid to Wise during the previous 12 months.

In addition, under the new contract, Wise will market the Port Orchard Marina as part of the scope.

The goal of the work will be to fill vacancies, increase awareness of the facilities and create new marketing strategies.

Commissioners are expected to make reports and hear staff reports as well.

The meeting is open to the public and the board will take public comment.


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