Alaska Supreme Court resolves riverboat dispute

Posted: Monday, May 24, 2010

FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Supreme Court has settled a long-standing dispute between the state and a Fairbanks riverboat operator.

The court has preserved the state's authority to charge rent for commercial docks on navigable waters. But the decision says a fee based on passenger head counts violates federal law.

The court set the rent charged to Alaska Riverways, Inc., at $1,000 per year for docking its riverboats above the state-owned riverbed.

The state had requested a fee of $1,000 a year or 25 cents per passenger, whichever is more, and anticipated collecting as much as $75,000 a year.

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