Cruise Ship Industry Tax
By Dave Person
August 20, 2006
I agree with Eric Muench concerning ballot initiative #2 and
regulating the cruise ship industry. On several occasions, prominent
supporters of industrial tourism have told me that the industry
is just in its infancy in Ketchikan. I think about that every
time a floatplane carrying tourists to see bears at Traitors
Cove or Neets Bay flies below 1000 ft over my house at 6:00 AM
on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Sometimes they come in waves.
I think about that when I see motorcycle, bicycle, and bus tours
driving through my residential neighborhood. I think about
that when I observe tourist industry staff gearing up to begin
commercial use of our hiking trails around Ward Lake and Creek.
I also think of that when my good neighbors, who run a very
low-key and unobtrusive tour business near my home, tell me the
cruise lines have not paid them for their services since May.
As the cruise industry grows
so will the density of cheesy, industrial attractions because
those are where the cruise lines earn their money. That will
make it impossible for them to remain "good neighbors"
and the quality of our lives during the precious summer days
will continue to decline rapidly.
A tax won't deter industrial
tourism in Ketchikan because there is too much money to be made
by the cruise ship companies and too many locals willing to be
exploited. At least, however, the initiative will make the cruise
lines pay more of their fair share, reduce their polluting of
our waters, and make it a little harder for them to cheat and
manipulate our local businesses.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: "A resident of
SE Alaska since 1991 and of Ketchikan since 1998."
on Proposition 2 Cruiseship Initiative By Eric Muench - Ketchikan,
AK - USA
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