Juneau Cruise Control submits letter rather than signatures for cruise ship charter amendments

    Karla Hart (right) and city clerk, Beth McEwen (left). Hart turned in a letter instead of petitions.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau Cruise Control has come up short in its effort to present voters with a series of charter amendments aimed at restricting cruise ship visits.

    Three thousand signatures of registered voters were due this week to meet that end.

    Instead, sponsors presented a letter to the clerk's office that calls on the Assembly to take actions to address what they consider to be adverse impacts of the cruise ship industry on Juneau.

    The letter submitted to Mayor Beth Weldon and Assembly members suggested that potential signers feared retribution if they signed their petitions.

    There was no indication in the letter how many signatures the group was able to gather and sponsors refused to say how many were gathered during a press availability.

    Protect Juneau’s Future, which opposed the proposed changes,  shared in a communication to the media said that they had a "icefield sized sigh of relief" that Juneau Cruise Control had failed to collect the signatures necessary to add the initiatives to this fall’s ballot.



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