The recall election of Unalaska Mayor Frank Kelty is set for March 6. A recall petition signed by 172 community members seeks to remove him due to allegations of misconduct in office – specifically attempting to sole-source land use agreements for the Unalaska Marine Center positions 5-7.
Petersburg Borough Assembly heard Monday from mostly supporters of proposals to charge two new fees in the borough. One would be an administrative fee for senior citizens who apply for an exemption from local sales tax. Another would be a fee on cruise ship passengers visiting the area.
The City and Borough of Juneau has appropriated $847,000 to date to defend itself in a lawsuit brought by the cruise ship industry. At stake is the city’s passenger fees that raise millions for port infrastructure and other tourism-related projects.
Buffers prohibiting development as close as 50 feet from an eagles nests during nesting season have been scrapped by the Juneau Assembly. City planners argued that a shortage of qualified federal biologists had made the law too hard to effectively enforce.