St. Paul Harbor
may take another step into the digital world this spring by offering 24/7
guided cell phone tours. For years the downtown harbor has offered walking tours
when cruise ships were in town, but members of the Kodiak Maritime
Museum are pushing to
make those tours available to anyone at anytime, as long as they have a smart
phone. Toby Sullivan is the executive director of the museum and presented the
project to the borough assembly during Thursday’s work session.
-- (Marine Grant 1 :37 “This
harbor mobile website...running, by this spring.”)
tour will feature stories and information about people and events related to
the harbor or Kodiak’s waterfront. Sullivan said the website will use personal
accounts, maps and photographs to also share information about the 1964
earthquake and tsunami. He said the museum hopes to work with the company
Guide by Cell to implement the project.
-- (Marine Grant 2 :33 “While
it has been offering...king crab fishery exhibit.”)
asked the assembly if they would be willing to help the museum with the initial
$1,500, and said the hope is for the program to be self-sustaining in the
-- (Marine Grant 3 :26 “With
user fees and...of the dynamics of the tour.”)
Sullivan’s presentation on Thursday, Assemblywoman Carol Austerman said the
assembly should be consistent in its nonprofit funding.
-- (Marine Grant 4 :26 “I’m
in no way saying I’m...wait until budget time.”)
was requesting the $1,500 come from the assembly’s bed tax fund, an account
created to aid the tourism industry in Kodiak. Assemblyman Aaron Griffin said
he understood Austerman’s concerns, but wondered if an exception could be made
for this project.
-- (Marine Grant 5 :33 “That
I agree that as...for the next regular meeting.”)
the end, the assembly decided to include the project as an agenda item for a
future meeting, and put the question of funding to a vote.