The closures are causing what’s expected to be at least three dozen vessels to skip the tourism-dependent port by the end of summer.
Skagway’s largest tour outfit, the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad, says its trains won’t cross the border this season.
The conversation about the future of Skagway’s waterfront is taking a new turn. The city is exploring an economic partnership with a cruise company and suspending negotiations with White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad.
The Skagway Assembly took a step forward at a meeting Tuesday in waterfront negotiations with White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad. The group unanimously approved a draft memorandum of understanding with the private company. But, the next day, the mayor put on the brakes.
The Skagway Assembly met for the second time this week to review a document that could provide a way forward on port improvements. The group made some notable edits to a memorandum of understanding with White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad.
A rockslide near Skagway’s largest cruise ship dock Saturday didn’t injure anyone. But it drew attention to the potential danger of an active slide area neighboring a bustling port.