Last Chance To Save Public
By Eric Muench
March 04, 2007
We are coming very close to losing over one and one quarter miles
of our high value public recreational beaches to private developments.
Coast Guard Beach, South Point Higgins Beach, Whipple Creek
beach and Mountain Point boat launch and beach are properties
that were always public land but were given to the Alaska Mental
Health Trust in a terrible mis-calculation by the State to settle
a lawsuit. The Trust manages their land for maximum revenue
and that means eventually all of these sites will be leased or
sold off and the public will be kicked out. Coast Guard Beach
is being planned for subdivision now.
Ketchikan Beaches Association has put an agenda item on the March
5 Borough Assembly meeting at which the Borough will consider
getting involved to find ways to compensate the Trust for the
value of their lands while keeping them public. The Borough
manager does not want to deal with the issue. It would be easier
for the Assembly to just pass. The public needs to make our
Assembly members realize how important this is.
There is an ad on
the Sitnews' front page that will direct you to an online
petition to the Assembly. Also write, call and email them.
The more personal the better. And you can speak at the meeting
at 5:30 Monday evening. You don't have to know everything about
the issue to tell them you are concerned. If there is no action
taken on Monday there probably never will be.
Received February 28, 2007 - Published March 04, 2006
About: "I am a long term
resident of Ketchikan who is tired of seeing valuable public
interest lands taken over by special interest groups"
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