HOONAH, Alaska (AP) — The predominantly Alaska Native village of Hoonah is preparing for a new dock that is expected to bring thousands of more tourists.
The village hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the dock Wednesday at Icy Strait Point, the Juneau Empire reported.
Work on the new structure could begin in June with the hope of welcoming passengers in the 2020 season
Icy Strait Point is owned by Huna Totem Corporation, a for-profit Alaska Native corporation. The new dock is a collaboration with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. The City of Hoonah has supported the project.
Icy Strait Point will be able to handle the influx of visitors that will come with the new dock, said Huna Totem Corporation CEO Russell Dick and Norwegian Cruise Lines Executive Vice President Howard Sherman.
"We've got the infrastructure here to handle it," Dick said. "We were pretty strategic about the dock location we picked. It will keep people spread out."
Hoonah is a community of more than 750 residents about 40 miles (about 64 kilometers) southwest of Juneau.