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Ketchikan Dock Expansion: Vote Yea
By Robert McRoberts


August 10, 2005

Well I can not vote on the docks, but you are hearing my vote. I have debated both sides of the issues and I came up with this. I hate these big tour companies policies and I really hate the way some of the tour bus drivers drive. But I do appreciate the drivers that take their foot off the accelerator when they fly past us working along the road. It really depresses me to see these shops jump on the tourist to get them in their shops and I really do not like to have to go into one of the stinky bars to use the restrooms because there are no public restrooms. I would even like to see some restrooms at the airport ferry terminal - but back to the topic. We've only got one thing going that is going to improve our downtown and that is to spread out the impact of these ships on our streets.
My friend calls this area Newtown. Well if you vote yea then it will be again. In the days when city float was developed there were fishing boat tied up 20 abreast, there were grocery stores close by. Old Log Cabin was in the Annabelle's building when we moved here in 67. Rollogs market was some where by the new Pioneer Pantry. The Nordby building was selling fishing gear and there was the Honda shop in in the Taquan Building before Ken's dad owned it. Water front storage had just closed down. - what I am getting at is that big of a harbor is not needed there any more because the boats only have Murray's Pacific there now. The boat docks need to be closer to food and fuel. If we shrink that harbor down, we  can in the future build more docks or add fill to develop places to get these buses and lost people out of the middle of the damn road.
I am not sure on this old wise tale that for every bar there had to be a church was the rule. Well I think we should only allowed local kinds of shops in this area. Nothing exported from other countries however it might not bring your property values up to the downtown scale.

Look at what we had at the Blueberry Festival. That was great. Maybe Dale can make the old Marine Bar into the old dance hall bar with a old player piano and dress the dress - or even the First City Saloon. That part of town is just dying and only has this hope to lessen the gap. Besides, how many more times can Chaz, and Don, and Don remodel the buildings downtown?
As a community we should build these docks.

As for a bridge... well I am still not for that for reasons previously stated. But I do not blame the property owners over there for wanting it. I would be in favor of it too. Give me a deal on a rock quarry and I will change my opinion.

It's getting late so here are two other things that have been brought up in conversation with two men who definitely do not "smoke pot". What is going to stop this bridge from icing up? I can see someone dying on the way across the bridge because they're late for the plane.

And port security... we have to stay 300 yards from the cruise ships in the channel. What's to stop a loaded fuel truck from driving off the thing or a bomber from dropping something down a stack. Pearl Harbor all over. I guess we could just shut the thing down every time a boat went under. 
And last, Karen I am different than Don Hoff. He is for his family.

Maybe you get tired of seeing my poor writing style but I am not afraid to say what I think needs to be said. And I thought Rob Glenn, David Rettke wrote very good letters. I think your approach has improved. Wish I could do as good.

So have a nice day. I would have to vote yea.
Robert McRoberts
Ketchikan AK - USA



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 Ketchikan Port Berth Expansion Bond Initiative

Ketchikan Port Berth
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 Ketchikan Port Berth Expansion Bond Initiative

Vote August 16, 2005

 The City of Ketchikan is proposing to expand and improve facilities along the waterfront to provide enhanced public use and additional economic benefit to residents, business owners, and the City. A bond initiative will be placed on the August 16, 2005 ballot to gain approval for up to $70 million to fund the project. - More... Port Expansion Project Information



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