The city is asking for input from city departments and the public on how it should spend money from the marine passenger fees.
The measure could allow Alaska port communities to receive large cruise ships later this year. But first it needs to be signed by President Biden.
Juneau’s city manager said there are no strings attached, but the Juneau Assembly will have to accept the money.
The federal government held its ground on Wednesday against calls to roll back restrictions on cruise ship sailings.
It’s a complete turnaround from the company’s policy just a month ago when UnCruise Adventures planned to keep passengers in a bubble away from Alaska communities.
The Petersburg Economic Development Council released its final version of a community plan for responding to growth in the visitor industry. That plan presents a range of recommendations for managing more tourists and cruise ships.
It’s the latest in a string of early cancellations that are chipping away at Southeast Alaska’s cruise season, a major engine for the region’s visitor economy.
Norwegian Cruise Line will not have any trips to Alaska until the end of April at earliest.
The cancellation of this year’s cruise ship season has been a boon for marine mammals in one of Alaska’s most protected destinations. Federal scientists say humpback whales are enjoying the relative calm in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.
The increase comes a month after the CDC lifted its 7-month ban on cruise ship travel and released its plan for the industry to resume safely.