"NO" on limiting
By Rob Holston
September 06, 2007
I will vote "NO" on limiting jewelry stores. Here
are some of my reasons:
Jewelry stores are beautiful and like the hanging flower baskets
that historically adorned our streets, they bloom in the spring
and fade in the fall. That they be shuttered in the winter is
better than they be shuttered permanently like the pulp mill
and the spruce mill. To me they are better than the good old
days of strip joints and the drunk seducing, drunk inducing and
drunk producing bars of Ketchikan's "golden age".
The only LOGICAL argument that I have heard or read predicts
that a bad reputation of Ketchikan having too many jewelry stores
will cause tourists to convince their friends and neighbors to
never go to Alaska because of the horrible experience of encountering
jewelry stores. Well, when I attend ATIA (Alaska Travel Industry
Association) meetings and read reports produced by the McDowell
Group out of Juneau, the statistics show that Ketchikan is noted
foremost for "SHOPPING". These reports don't distinguish
"jewelry stores" but I'm sure the McDowell Group could
formulate a questionnaire to determine the "damage"
caused by "too many jewelry stores." Would it actually
be more desirable if we had half the jewelry stores and twice
the "t-shirt, hat & mug shops?"
I do have two suggested requirements for the city father's consideration
after the vote either passes or fails:
#1. All businesses with store
fronts within the city limits shall have one hanging flower basket
per store front or per each 50' of store frontage....and
#2. All businesses selling
tourist related items shall provide 10% of their display areas
for exhibiting; artifacts, photos, sculptors, carvings, artwork,
etc representing historic Ketchikan &/or the wild life or
scenery surrounding our lovely town.
For every tourist that is disgruntled
over the abundance of jewelry stores, I am betting that you will
find 100 who are enthralled with Ketchikan because they chose
to enjoy one of these fine Ketchikan excursion activities or
attractions: flight seeing to Misty Fjords, flight seeing to
view bears, Misty Fjords cruise, Misty Fjords cruise/fly, Misty
Fjords kayaking, kayaking Tatoosh, Whiskey Cove Kayaking, Guard
Island Lighthouse, Ketchikan UnderSea Adventure, Lumberjack Show,
Saxman Native Village, Cape Fox Tours, Rainforest Expedition,
bicycle tours, Snorkel Alaska, Crab Feed, Wilderness Fish &
Feed, zip line adventure, jeep safari, Hummer tours, Limo Tours,
charter fishing for salmon, charter fishing for halibut, West
Rock Tours, fly fishing, motorcycle tour, hike, Totem Bight State
Park, Ketchikan Walking Tour, Duck Tour, '57 Chevy Classic Tours,
Horse Drawn Trolley, Canoe Safari, Alaska Boat Racing Tours,
Canopy Adventures, Lighthouse, Totems & Eagles Excursion,
Northern Tours, Rainbird Tours, Snow's Cove Tours, Allen Maine
Tours, Ak. Specialty Tours, Bearing Sea Crab Boat, rent a cab,
rent a bike, rent a scooter, Discovery Center, Ketchikan Museum,
Creek Street, Orca Beach Nature Walk, Back Country Jet Boat,
George Inlet Cannery, Adventure Kart Expedition, Totem Heritage
Center, many fine restaurants, pop-corn or coffee shops, art
and clothing stores or just watch kids catching fish from the
Ketchikan Creek Bridge. Every tourist has a choice.
Thanks for reading this letter of my opinion.
Received September 06, 2007
- Published September 06, 2007
About: "Owner of Guard
Island Lighthouse Excursion Tour"
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