Gustavus to keep floats out longer

    Gustavus, Alaska. Photo credit to Glacier Bay National Park.

    Gustavus, Alaska (KINY) - The Gustavus Marine Advisory Committee asked the city to keep floats out longer this year to help residents do more hunting and late season food gathering.

    The Alaska Department of Transportation recently completed work that requires the city to move the large steel float in the winter months for protection of the float infrastructure.

    The council supported keeping the floats out until at least November 1.

    Councilman Joe Clark said he wanted to help hunters and possibly save a life, "If they shoot a deer and have to process it in the field, they could miss the tide and have trouble coming back in. They could really be put into a situation of danger."

    He suggested extending it into December.

    The Gustavus city council also is interested in using unallocated CARES Dollars to secure a vendor to provide COVID 19
    tests in 2021 when the state testing could end.  The airport testing is scheduled to end on October 31.

    The city has received 97 applications for individual assistance.  The CARES Act program is called the Resident Emergency Economic Stimulus Program.  The program will distribute funds to Gustavus residents that demonstrate harm and or negative impacts from the pandemic.

    City Administrator Tom Williams said the city is also ready to spend $21,000 to help businesses with web marketing and help them recover from the pandemic.




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