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Coast Guard Beach
By Ken Arriola


December 13, 2010
Monday PM

Not quite sure what Eric Muench's point is, but a few points should be brought to light. First, Mental Health Trust owns and legally has every right to develop the land adjacent to Coast Guard beach.

Second, Coast Guard beach is publicly owned and will remain so.

Third, Coast Guard beach is the only public recreation beach on the island inaccessibly by road, which pretty much eliminates a lot of folks from enjoying the beach.

Fourth, I don't hear an uproar about Buggie, Refuge Cove, Point Higgins, Settler's Cove, and Ward Lake beaches being surrounded by development, i.e. shelters, houses, roads and parking lots.

While I can appreciate Eric's desire for preservation, would it really be wise to advise the Borough government to pick a fight, only to lose, to an entity who has proven to be conscientious to the needs of the community, or to suggest that "100-150" developed lots wouldn't benefit Borough revenues?

Seems to me that Mental Health Trust (MHT) will be doing the entire community a favor by putting in a road and paying for it, I see it as a win for everyone. Remember, MHT previously owned the entire Coast Guard beach, then graciously relinquished that right to the community.

Ken Arriola
Ketchikan, AK


Received December 12, 2010 - Published December 13, 2010


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