residents had a chance to speak out on the August ballot measure that would
create a replacement for the coastal management program that was dismantled
after the Alaska
legislature failed to reauthorize the program.
Maggie Wall attended the Lieutenant governor's meeting and has this report.
Management Hearing 4:29 "Alaska's
Coastal Management Program...the ballot measure. SOQ"
Management Program, which was in effect in some version or another from 1976 to
2011, was designed to give a voice to the state's coastal residents who would
be impacted by development in their region.
Mayor Pat Branson spoke in support of the ballot measure:
Hearing 1 :40 "As
a testament...affecting our coastline."))
Rick Rogers, is the executive
director of the Resource Development Council for Alaska, known as the RDC, which is a nonprofit business association representing Alaskan businesses in
the fields of oil, gas, mining, timber, tourism and fisheries.
Rogers spoke in opposition to the ballot measure, saying
it had a lot of problems, is vague and would hinder business development in Alaska:
Hearing 2 :55 "Ballot Measure 2 ...affects the scenery."
Himelbloom said he was new to the whole coastal management issue, but he liked
what he saw in the voter pamphlet pro statement:
Powers represented Koniag Inc. He said Alaska
needs a coastal management program, but not the one that would be approved
through the ballot process. Instead, he challenged Kodiak residents to insist
that the legislature create a program that works for project development, since
stalled projects can mean stalled economies:
Management Hearing 3
hearing on the coastal management ballot initiative was hosted by Lt. Governor
Mead Treadwell by teleconference from Anchorage.
Bad weather prohibited the lieutenant governor from making it to Kodiak.
Ironically, cancelled flights meant that Kodiak residents got a chance to hear
a different perspective on the issue. Stuck in town because of weather, a
number of off-island professionals representing mining, oil and other
industries were able to add their thoughts to the mix. Many of those were in
Kodiak to attend the recent meeting of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce.
Virtually all those from off island testified in opposition to the ballot