the Kodiak City Council regular meeting on Thursday evening, the Kodiak Island
Convention and Visitors Bureau presented a report on the recently completed
cruise ship public forum held in October. The brief presentation took place
during the "citizens to be heard" portion of the meeting.
KMXT's Erik Wander
is the executive director of the Kodiak Island Convention and Visitors Bureau.
She said the forum was a success and provided valuable feedback from members of
the community on the impact of cruise ship visits.
-- (Buckingham 1 15
50 people ... and feedback.")
the city council meeting, Buckingham described the survey process and some of the
results of the survey that resulted from the public forum. She said comments,
both written and verbal, centered on the number of cruise ship visits and the
size of ships visiting Kodiak.
-- (Buckingham 2 45 sec. "It is not a scientific ... certain
size of ship.")
out that many responses included concern about the changing character of Kodiak
to accommodate the cruise ship industry, as has happened in other communities
She also said none of the largest of cruise ships are scheduled for the coming
-- (Buckingham 3 52 sec. "Over and over, we heard ... scheduled
said that a varied range of concerns were expressed at the October forum.
-- (Buckingham 4 52 sec. "Concerns about the cruise ... of water
said that most of the respondents recognized the importance of the cruise ship
industry to Kodiak but were mostly concerned about the possible changing
character of the community, the quality of experience for visitors and the potential
loss of quality of life for Kodiak residents. Buckingham will make another
presentation at the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly's meeting on February 19th.
I'm Erik Wander.