Conflict of interest?

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, August 25, 2003

Many people have wondered how we came from a waterfront planning process that showed wide support for the goals of improving waterfront access; providing for a balance of uses and activities; alleviating downtown congestion; and making the waterfront more interesting year-round (Harbor Board press release, "What Have We Found") to the recent survey, laden with large dock alternatives.

The planning process, overseen by the pro-industrial docking interests on the Harbor Board, hired the consultant firm of Bermello, Ajamil. Their Web site (bamiami.com) makes it clear in their "about us" section they are in the business of taking "a project from concept to completion."

In other words, they are about construction. Bermello, Ajamil has a subsidiary, BAM Development, for large construction projects, including tourism-related projects (www.skyscrapers.com).

Perhaps it is no surprise the waterfront planning process has puzzled participants by moving increasingly toward construction solutions to community goals.

Margo Waring

Juneau



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