D&H to seek marine passenger funds for Statter Harbor

Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010

The City and Borough of Juneau's Docks and Harbors Department is requesting $2.1 million in Fiscal Year 2012 for part of the Statter Harbor project.

The Dock and Harbors board discussed the request Tuesday night at a special meeting. The funds are being requested for the passenger for hire facility, and are part of the master plan for Auke Bay harbor assets. The facility will be used predominantly by cruise ship passengers.

"These activities currently take place in areas of Statter Harbor that were not designed and are incapable of providing safe and efficient service. The lack of infrastructure also greatly detracts from the local resident's ability to use Auke Bay," a report by Port Director John Stone states.

"There probably will only be about $4.5 million in cruise ship passenger fees available for appropriation this year," Stone told the board. "The Assembly has been appropriating $3 million in operating expenses across the city. That usually leaves us with about $1 million to play with. We're not likely to get it all. The likelihood is the city would give us some money over time to complete the project. I'm sure it will get much more debate as the manager develops his list and presents it to the Assembly."

The board unanimously approved Stone's recommendation for the request.

In other business, Docks and Harbors will hold a public meeting on the proposal to change waterfront sales permit regulations. The board has proposed an amendment that will change sections of the regulation to prohibit ownership of more than one permit, as well as changes in dealing with allowable signage on sales booths and the section dealing with behavioral conduct of people selling tours at the booths. A copy of the proposal is available at www.juneau.org/harbors.proposed_regulations.php. Public hearings on the proposed changes will be at 5 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Aurora Harbor Office and 7 p.m. Jan. 27 in the City Assembly Chambers. Comments may also be left online or at the port director's office in writing.

• Contact reporter Sarah Day at 523-2279 or at sarah.day@juneauempire.com.

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