Dock Vendor Ammendments pro's
By Sid Browne
January 18, 2008
I am writing this letter in response to the article "Rate
Hikes" in the Ketchikan Daily News 01/17/08, in the end
of the article after even more bad news of higher moorage fees,
with fuel prices running wild, it seems boat owners are not only
getting pounded by our strong southeast winds but by the forces
of politics and fiscal dilemmas. Though the "rate hikes"
probably will help the the city complete very much needed improvements
in their facilities such as Bar Harbor 2,3,4 and Hole in the
wall. After that storm passes, I go check the boats buckle down
the hatches all is almost well. Then you find another storm on
the agenda after "Rate Hikes" and they label this storm,
"Dock Vendor Amendments". Now like every storm there
will be highs and lows, this one is no different.
The second article starts by stating that these amendments were
devised by City staff & some Vendors, I must have been fishing
on my turn to comment on some of these issues that the city staff
and a few Dock Booth Vendors have come up with, On the other
end others have some problem with these restrictions that will
be up for vote by the City Council [last night] . Keep in mind
the bidding process in which the City uses to select the Vendors
can be very competitive to say the least, since there are only
six on the dock a lot of people are viewing for, some of which
are also sold onboard the Cruise ships.
Amendment 1: Change amount of area you can stand outside your
booth and Sell your tour(s)? from being able to touch your booth
to six feet around your booth.
This Vendor's Response: That's fine gives a little more bang
for my buck, don't know how much of a difference it would make,
but I personally don't feel people come to Alaska to get stalked
and yelled at to do a tour.
Amendment 2: Require sign age meet City's code.
Response: Didn't know that this was not in place already, seem
to remember the Port Authority enforcing it several times.
Amendment 3: Restrict number of employees a vendor may employ
in their booths to two.
Response: I definitely feel this is over governing, as that
two thousand people try to influx our town each ship that pulls
in to our berths there are two booths for each existing berth,
a majority of those 2,000+ come off when the gangway is set,
you can imagine where the restriction will hurt vendors, might
I add jobs are good for the community.
Amendment 4: Restrict tour sold from any one booth to those
that are least 51% owned by the Vendor (me).
Response: Well this is huge, and the City should really take
a good look at this one, this one is probably backed by those
sold onboard as well as the dock. I sell fishing charters that
last 4-6 hours long, seeing as how the cruise ships average port
of call is around 6 hour that give me a little window to sell
my tour. This amendment ties my hands behind my back, and for
the price these booths are bid out at myself and other vendors
with lengthy tours will have tough times ahead of us, if we manage
to stay afloat.
Amendment 5: Expand the definition of "SELLING" to
include brokering, referrals, advertising and promoting.
Response: Wow who devised this combo of 4 & 5 is either
trying to monopolize the dock, open it up to favoritism -- in
short this opens a huge can of worms, you may as well paint information
in big letters on everyone's booth so they can either help their
fellow vendors or detour them to their supporters, whomever they
may be. All in all very ridiculous plan.
Alaskan Experience Charters
About: "I am the owner/mgr
of Alaskan Experience Charters, for goin into its tenth year
of business. I was born and raised in Ketchikan I am 29 yrs
of age have been in the charter fishing industry Since I was
14 years of age."
Received January 17, 2008 -
Published January 18, 2008
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