KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly will let voters decide in October whether to purchase South Point Higgins Beach.
A bond ordinance would allow the borough to purchase the beach for $1.17 million from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office.
The vote also directed staff to prepare ordinances to set up a fund to acquire and maintain public beaches.
During public comments before Monday's vote, Evan Bolling said there was no reason the borough couldn't invest in a beach for $1.7 million, because it was the wish of the people.
Bolling says it's a rarity that people in every generation agree on something, but "the elders and the youth agree on this."
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