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What a Busy Weekend on Bainbridge Island!

Bainbridge Island is hopping this weekend with special events!  July 1st is the First Friday Art Walk and the Moonlight Market at Town Square, July 2nd is the Rotary Auction, July 3rd is the the annual Winslow Street Dance, and July 4th is the Bainbridge Youth Services Fun Run, followed by the Grand Old Fourth parade and extravaganza!  Consequently, there will be a lot of street closures.  Winslow Way will be closed on July 3rd between Ericksen and Madison. See the map below for an overview of street closures on July 4th.  Enjoy all the festivities!

2022 July 4th Detour-Closure Map

Fireworks are Prohibited on Bainbridge Island!

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As you enjoy the July 4th weekend, please remember that consumer fireworks are not allowed on Bainbridge Island. The City Council in 2019 approved a ban on the sale, possession, and use of consumer fireworks (e.g., Roman candles, mine and shell devices, aerial shell kits and cone fountains) following concerns related to wildfire risk, noise, safety, and environmental impacts.

Chapter 8.28 of the Bainbridge Island Municipal Code prohibits the possession, use or discharge of consumer fireworks within the city. Violations may be subject to fines and seizure of fireworks that are prohibited by this chapter. Subsequent violations are a misdemeanor offense.

The ban does not include trick or novelty devices (toy caps, toy smoke devices, party poppers, snappers, snakes, glow worms).

Beginning July 1 through July 4th, during the hours of 5:00pm to 1:00am, illegal fireworks complaints can be made by calling the police department directly at 206-842-5211. Calls that include a specific location where fireworks are being discharged will be prioritized over those reporting a general area. 

To report fireworks that pose a threat to life or property, call 911.

If you have any questions related to fireworks restrictions, please contact the Bainbridge Island Police Department at 206-842-5211.

Ground-breaking Ceremony for Police/Court Facility June 3

Forward progress on a new police/court facility is finally underway.  On Friday afternoon, June 3, City Manager Blair King, members of City Council, Chief Joseph Clark, Public Works Director Chris Wierzbicki, former City Administrator Lynn Nordby and other dignitaries welcomed guests, and thanked  the community for their support of the project.  The photo below shows members of council sharing golden shovels to ceremonially break ground.  

Groundbreaking 2Left to right:  Councilmembers Leslie Schneider, Kirsten Hytopoulos, Joe Deets (Mayor), Brenda Fantroy-Johnson (Deputy Mayor), Jon Quitslund. Photo credit BIPD Senior Police Clerk Kelly Eisenhood.

Did you know some police reports can be filed online?

With a few certain caveats, a number of police reports can be filed with just a few clicks. 

Here's what you need to know:

• The incident must have occurred within the Bainbridge Island city limits;

• There are no known suspects;

• The incident involves one of the following crimes:  harassing phone call, identity theft, information only report, hit and run, lost property, misdemeanor incidents (as long as they don’t involve domestic violence, assault, or protection order violations and are not currently in progress), poor or unsafe road conditions, theft, theft from a vehicle, traffic issues, vandalism, and vandalism of a vehicle.

Visit http://www.kitsap911.org/online-incident-report/ to begin your report.  The site can also be used to provide information to a police officer related to a report he or she has already taken for you.

For everything else, call 911 - even for non-emergencies.  Officers are dispatched via radio and by calling 911 there will be a record of the call and officers can respond in real time.

Be safe!

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