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By Kathleen Wiechelman


July 07, 2008

On Monday, July 7th, beginning at 5:30 p.m., the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly will consider two items relating to the Borough s proposed purchase of South Point Higgins Beach. Item 9e would put a bond issue before the voters of Ketchikan in October 2008, which, of course, may or may not pass. If it does pass, it would cost the people of Ketchikan $5,000 in attorneys fees, in addition to other related costs. Item 9d would take $400,000 from the Borough s land trust account towards the purchase of South Point Higgins Beach and leave the remaining nearly $800,000 of the purchase price mandated by the owner Alaska Mental Health Trust to be raised by community organization Ketchikan Beaches Association and its partner Southeast Alaska Land Trust. This option would give the citizens of Ketchikan a much better chance than the bond issue option of turning South Point Higgins Beach into a public park for the use of current residents, as well as future generations.

If you feel strongly about the future of South Point Higgins Beach and/or favor the use of money from the Borough s land trust account rather than a bond issue in the Fall, please either show up at the July 7th Borough Assembly meeting to make your feelings heard or just to help out by being a physical presence in support. Another very useful thing to do would be to contact the following Borough Assembly members who voted against the acquisition of the Beach using land trust funds at the last Borough Assembly meeting and make your opinion known to them:

Mike Painter:

Mike Salazar:

Jim Shoemaker:

Glen Thompson:

Kathleen Wiechelman
Ketchikan, AK

About: "Co-chair of Ketchikan Beaches Association"

Received July 04, 2008 - Published July 07, 2008



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