Kenai borough assembly introduces ordinance for Kachemak ferry study

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2002

KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has introduced a measure to fund a study of daily ferry service between Homer and one or more communities on the south side of Kachemak Bay.

The assembly introduced an ordinance to spend $75,000 on a study. The proposed ordinance will get a public hearing March 12. It is expected to go to the borough Planning Commission before then.

Mayor Dale Bagley put the matter before the assembly. He was responding to a resolution from the Seldovia City Council appealing for federal, state and borough help developing the ferry service.

''Many members of these (south bay) communities believe that a ferry which is capable of transporting vehicles and passengers across Kachemak Bay would significantly impact the economies of those communities in a positive way,'' Bagley said in a letter to the assembly.

The study would establish the actual demand for a ferry, its probable size, speed and capacity, and locations from which it would operate.

Seldovia likely would be a port of call.

''About the only disadvantage of living in a remote community such as Seldovia is the inability to leave the area when one needs to,'' said Peggy Boscacci, secretary-treasurer for the city of Seldovia in a letter to Bagley.

''Having a ferry that would run on a daily basis would certainly be an enhancement.''

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