Alaska badly needs a Coastal Management program again, the Juneau Chamber of Commerce was told Thursday.
Where the two debaters disagreed, politely, was on whether Measure 2 on the August ballot is the way to do it.
Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, a supporter of the initiative petition that would bring back a Coastal Management program, said under federal law, states with such programs get control over federal activities on their coastlines.
“We rule over the federal government,” she said. “This is the only program that does that, this is an incredible power,” she said.