by Jay Jones
February 10, 2005
As far as the land in question, why do you presuppose that the only other use for it would be a "red herring" project? As far as I am aware it has never been made available (sold, not given away) to the private market since pulp mill days, except for a publicly financed fiasco. Publicaly held, it has continually cost the taxpayers money. It also seem that all proposals so far (other than selling the property) would continue to incur more costs to the taxpayers.
If your survey participants so overwhelmingly endorsed the project, why do you suppose there hasn't been any private money interested in such an endeavor? Does the growth of farmed fish have anything to do with it? Will Alaskans be catching most of the fish going to the facility?
You seem to hold some disdain for tourism although many residents have done well from an industry that is projected to double in the next decade. Wouldn't the land at Ward Cove be better utilized in private hands for such a tremendous growth industry? Maybe at the least the Borough would consider a medium cruise ship harbor or charter-only marina and sell off the surrounding land to compliment those uses. It seems to me that there is plenty of money to be made in such a growth area.
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