Haines, Alaska (KINY) The Haines borough Assembly moved ahead with a tour permit for Alaska Excursions
The decision didn't come without controversy and discussion. Borough Manager Debra Schnabel said they discussed the issue at length. "The issues had to do with the perception of the companies safety consciousness and culture and attitude and the ability to deal with that volume of people that was projected for the tour. The application was for 15,000 people."
The Assembly agreed to a one year permit and will allow up o 8,000 tourists to visit the site near Glacier Point.
The biggest environmental concern was a turn colony near the project and possible impacts. There were also typical concerns about ATVs like safety, noise and property damage.