Buying it could save millions of dollars and shave years off of a plan in development to cash in on summer cruise ship visitors and eliminate the need for local taxpayer support to run Eaglecrest Ski Area.
It wasn’t discussed much during the meeting, but a defined end point and the idea of letting personal choices prevail are in the latest version of the city’s framework.
Assembly members asked City Manager Rorie Watt to go back to Norwegian, suggesting the company donate directly to an organization like the Juneau Community Foundation, instead of the city itself.
City officials estimate that there have been about a dozen instances of what’s known as “Zoom bombing” or disrupting a meeting. Zoom bombers have successfully hijacked other public meetings in Alaska and throughout the rest of the world, often with lewd, racist or pornographic material.
Assembly members and the public expressed support for rooting out systemic racism. But there were also concerns that the proposal would introduce a major hurdle to local policymaking.
Some travelers in Alaska have seen airport screening lines being bypassed en masse or unstaffed. Screening officials looked into it and think they know why.
The Juneau Assembly failed to pass an emergency resolution Tuesday that would provide $3 million in loans. But it could decide to revisit the proposal Wednesday.
The meeting to discuss local issues and priorities with Gov. Mike Dunleavy was originally advertised as a public Juneau Assembly meeting, but city officials changed their minds.
Mayor Weldon wants the task force to focus on are whether the city’s current approach to managing tourism is effective and to tackle the controversial topic of capping the number of cruise ship visitors to Juneau.
Even though Juneau voters passed two out of three ballot propositions, the Juneau Assembly has the final say on how they are implemented.