On August 28, Alaskans will have an opportunity to vote in the primary election for local and state participation in the management of our coastal zone by voting “Yes” on Ballot Measure 2, “An Act Establishing the Alaska Coastal Management Program.” This Measure is strongly supported by the League of Women Voters at the local, state, and national levels. The League firmly believes in local and state management of natural resources in concert with federal authorities.
The coastal zone management program described by Ballot Measure 2 encourages the most basic form of participatory democracy. By allowing the voices of those most closely impacted by coastal zone issues to be heard and their concerns addressed, coastal development plans can reflect the best ideas of local expertise and knowledge. Measure 2, when fully implemented, will streamline the process of coastal development while at the same time making sure that development is carried out in a responsible manner that reflects local and state concerns.
Voters may want to spend a few minutes at www.alaskacoastalmanagement.org <http://www.alaskacoastalmanagement.org/> to review information on Ballot Measure 2. At this website, you will find a valuable FAQ section, a copy of the full initiative, and a history of Alaska’s coastal zone management. Measure 2 is not an effort to hamper development, but rather to make development work in an efficient manner that allows all participants to be heard. The League of Women Voters encourages voters to review ballot Measure 2 and vote “Yes” for state and local participation in the management of our coastal resources.
Judy Andree, President
Juneau League of Women Voters