Appropriation for Tourism Programs and NCL Tidelands Lease to Highlight Assembly Agenda

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - An appropriation measure up for Assembly approval Monday night would allocate $42,300 of marine passenger fees for tourism related services this summer.

      The proposal is in response to the lifting of pandemic related restrictions that allow cruise ships to stop in Juneau.

      Travel Juneau would receive  $27,300 for crossing guards and $15,000 would go to the Downtown  Business Association for the Ambassador Services Program.

      An ordinance up for approval would rezone a 15-acre parcel near 4650 North Douglas Highway to allow for 30 dwelling units per acre.  The developer

      Manager Rorie Watt recommends the adoption of both measures.

      Under news business, the Assembly will take up an application from Norwegian Cruise Lines to lease CBJ owned tidelands. The tidelands are adjacent to the Subport lot the cruise line purchased from the Alaska Mental Health Trust.  It's where the company wants to build a dock.

      The manager is recommending that the Assembly approve a motion of support to work with the company which will allow it to apply for permits.  The motion will also outline the public process and allow the manager to negotiate the terms and conditions of a lease.

      Members could opt to invite other entities to submit competing proposals.  The body could also make a determination that a lease should not be considered.

      An ordinance up for introduction would appropriate $150,000 to hire a Tourism Manager as recommended by the Mayor's Visitor Industry Task Force.

      Two new marijuana licenses will be before the Assembly.

      Alaska Vibes is seeking a retail store license and a limited cultivation facility license

      The sixty-day comment period ends Thursday.

      The manager is recommending that the Assembly waive its right to protest issuance of the licenses by the State Marijuana Control Board.
      The panel will be asked to take up an appeal of a Community Development Department action that determined three properties owned by A&S Rentals near downtown Douglas were non-compliant which spurred enforcement action.  The Planning Commission upheld the department's decision which spurred the company to file an appeal.

      The Assembly must decide whether to accept or reject the appeal.

    CBJ's attorney recommends the Assembly accept the appeal and assign and assign a member of the Assembly as the presiding officer.

    The Assembly meeting is scheduled to convene at 7 p.m. Monday.


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