Council launches new permit policy

One permit fits all on Bainbridge when it comes to launching boats off island shores.

The city council unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday that sets a new boat launch policy for the island. The city and the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District will now honor each other’s boat launch permits.

Islanders looking to cruise or sail the waters around Bainbridge formally had to choose between the boat ramp at Fort Ward, or the ramp at Waterfront Park in Winslow. But each ramp is managed by the two different agencies and separate permits were required for both.

Now, islanders don’t have to choose.

The city sells weekend permits for parking boat trailers along Bjune Drive for $8 per day, or $80 per year. The parks district sells passes to use the Fort Ward boat launch at $5 per day, or $80 for an annual pass. Both will be honored at either location over the remaining year.

A new pass will now be sold by both the city and the parks district and would be valid for one calendar year. The city has already sold passes for the Waterfront Park launch that expire in April 2013. It will now offer discounted passes to cover the remainder of 2013 at $60.

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