Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Can Governor Palin see Prince Rupert from her office?

The state of Alaska has its eye on a piece of land in Prince Rupert, hoping to take over the shoreline, terminal and dock that houses the Alaska Marine Highway location on the North coast.

The Alaska Ferry system chief Jim Beedle, claims that the Alaska system needs to takeover the dock in order to operate their system in an effective and successful manner, especially as Canada at the moment doesn’t seem inclined to spend the seven to eight million dollars that Alaska estimates is required for a proper repair and long term enhancement of the dock in Rupert.

On Alaska public radio, Beedle outlined the Alaska system’s wish to either purchase the dock or gain a long term and user friendly lease on the property, all in order to seek out American Federal funds to refurbish and improve the southern terminus of the Alaska system.

Details were provided in Governor Palin’s Capital budget for the Alaska Ferry system introduced last week in Juneau.
The proposed Rupert Dock purchase was listed under the title of Terminal Acquisition, Reference Number 47871, the submission offers up the opinion that in the eyes of the Alaska Marine Highway System, taking over the terminal would be the best case scenario for long term success of the operation. (Read the submission here)

The proposed plan was outlined in a story from Alaska Public Radio which can be listened to here.

No comments: