CFK JEWELERY STORE ORDINANCE
By Charles Edwardson
May 22, 2007
With all due respect for the citizens for Ketchikan coalition.
I think we should keep in mind the residents of Ketchikan, the
"LOCAL" building owners who lease and sell their stores
and buildings to "those darn Jewelers" had the first
opportunity to identify a market, recognize a market or create
a market that the hundreds of thousands of tourists that visit
Ketchikan each year, want.
The buildings did not just all of a sudden magically appear as
jewelry stores. The LOCAL owners negotiated prices ,befriended,
and helped finance in some cases those jewelers, and in many
cases inflated the prices to the maximum amount and cashed in
(in a big way). I SAW IT. The jewelers are not the only ones
making the most of the American tradition of capitalism.
The CITIZENS OF KETCHIKAN who own these buildings have not only
exploited this market,they have also encouraged it by overinflating
the building prices, and rent to make it seem to a market that
first explored this community that, "KETCHIKAN IS THE PLACE
TO BE". Ketchikan citizens perpetuated and encouraged this
I have watched this town grow into a jewelry store mecca. I have
torn down historical monuments - if that is what they are being
referred to as now, such as the Alaska Bar or the PBAR (Pioneer
bar ), June's cafe on Creek street, THE Old Union Room's Hotel
. Not one Ketchikan citizen with the exception of the owners
of the old June's cafe. (now named Somthin' Fishy), stepped up
to the plate and said "wait" I will invest any where
from 1/2 to 1 million of my hard earned money and renovate this
run down old building" and turn it in to an authentic Alaskan
what??. Not one Ketchikan citizen, including myself, had enough
faith in tourism to invest in the particular stores I have built
(no less than eight stores I have personally turned into jewelry
stores). It is not the over utilization of this industry by foreigners
that is at fault here. It is the under utilization of this industry
by locals that is responsible for what you do or do not see downtown.
To me this initiative looks
like a case of misguided ,local patriotism and unfair business
practice. Instead of trying to crush free trade, think of a better
business. Buy an old run down building yourself, go get financial
backing , and take over the town. Call 254-9000 and ask for the
owner of Edwardson Enterprises for a free quote.
Received May 20, 2007 - Published May 22, 2007
About: "lifelong ketchikan
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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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