Citizens for Ketchikan's Future
- Right on!
By Bobbie McCreary
May 22, 2007
Thank you to the members of
the CKF initiative! First, for speaking out and letting us know
WHO is speaking. And then, most importantly for thinking to the
future of our community. Yes, tourism is here to stay (we hope)
and to keep our visitors happy we need to provide them with a
unique glimpse into Alaska and its rich heritage.
Yesterday I watched a terribly long line of cruise ship passengers
winding its way on the new promenade to be tendered back to the
ship at anchor. My estimate is it must have taken at least an
hour for these people just to get to the float. Yes, we are working
on a solution for this...as the construction in front of my bay
windows so attests.
The point is, however, I want the people in that line to be talking
about the really cool city they visited and how interesting it
was to meet locals and learn more about the history of our town
and THANK GOODNESS they got their act together and cut down on
the jewelery stores so there is something more to do than buy
I greet every visitor I meet on the street with a friendly "hello."
I like to have them here. As a result I get to talk to them.
One couple this week asked if there was anything on the other
side of the tunnel, and I explained what was happening with the
construction and the boardwalk streets they could walk. I also
said "and there are no jewelery stores there." They
responded "thank goodness" and continued through the
tunnel to see what they could see.
You know where I come from...Newtown has a chance to make a positive
impact on our visitors...with a historical perspective to offer.
Of course there is a lot of work to do there...and how valuable
it will be if that work is done consistent to a theme that will
THANK YOU Tom Ferry for your work on the Beck Building (front
and back) to make your improvements consistent with a historic
theme...what a difference that makes when compared to others!
Other property owners can follow your lead to look to the future
of our town and how we want to be remembered by our visitors.
I challenge all of us to care as much about our community as
our personal interests. (It takes longer term thinking to get
the results and in the long run, we will only benefit!)
In the meantime, as Ketchikan Youth Initiatives, I'm working
with others to help our youth and young adults become "job
ready" and I encourage you all to create jobs to keep our
youth in town and give them an adequate wage to live on and support
Enjoy the nice weather (and the nice tourists)
Received May 19, 2007 - Published May 22, 2007
About: "An advocate for
displaying Ketchikan at its best to our visitors, resident of
the Newtown area"
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on Viewpoints are the opinions of the writer
Citizens' group asks, "What fate
do we choose for our community?" - Citizens for Ketchikan's Future (CKF), a newly
formed citizens' group, has submitted a voters' initiative to
the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Clerk's office to limit the density
of stores exclusively selling jewelry within the City of Ketchikan.
Upon approval by the Borough Clerk, the group will collect the
required signatures of the 533 registered voters necessary to
have the item placed on the regular October ballot. - More...
Friday - May 18, 2007
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