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My final words on the bond
By Thomas Ferry


August 15, 2005

I have been following this dock debate for a long while. Many people have come up with many valid and non valid reasons for the docks to go north or south or not to be built at all. Someone the other day came up with the lack of parking as a reason not to go north, so I drew up a parking scenario that shows how the area where the old Civic Center used to be could be made into a multi purpose area like the one behind Madison Hardware to access City Float and have additional parking. The lot just north of Nordbys could have a zero lot line sheetpile wall and add more parking. The area south of Sockeye Sam's will have additional parking for the average citizen. People should come up with solutions not put up walls for development.

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I like to draw stuff and plan things whether or not they are used. I drew up the plan that first showed the Tongass Dock Expansion, KPFF then copied it and now it looks like P.N.D. will actually use it. Anyone that has ideas about where future parking could go or how Newtown could be enhanced please speak up. I hope to form a Newtown Business Owners Association to preserve the history and architectural integrity of the area.

Right now the retail price per square foot in Newtown is less than 80 cents that is why the property owners cannot afford to fix up their buildings. The price per square foot will never go as high as downtown but hopefully it will go up enough so the area will get fixed up.

Some people say they talk to tourists that complain about not seeing the real Alaska. Maybe some tourists have a preconceived vision that they would see dozens of loggers strolling down the street wielding axes and old miners running around screaming "I've hit the mother lode".The tourists that just stroll around downtown will never see the real Alaska they have to get out of town and into the countryside.

I think fifteen million dollars of the bond goes directly into downtown improvements. That is a good thing anyway.

Get out and vote yes and in two years you will see a great part of town once again come to life.

Thank you,

Thomas Ferry
Ketchikan, AK - USA


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audioKetchikan: Listen to this KRBD story... After years of debate, City of Ketchikan residents Tuesday will have their say on the city's proposed port expansion project. As Deanna Garrison report, the city is asking voters for permission to issue up to $70 million in revenue bonds to increase the city's cruise ship moorage capacity.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - - Friday - August 12, 2005


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 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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