Cordova residents to vote on cruise ship passenger fee

Posted: Tuesday, December 12, 2000

CORDOVA (AP) -- Cordova residents in March will vote on a whether to approve a $5 fee for on cruise ship passengers.

Kelly Weaverling, one of the sponsors, said the petition is modeled after a similar passenger fee in Juneau. The group also looked at visitor fees in Whittier, he said.

While Cordova doesn't see the number of cruise ships that stop at some Southeast Alaska ports, Weaverling said residents want to be prepared.

''Cruise ship tourism is growing in the state and we think it's just a matter of time before they start to call here,'' he said.

Sponsor Natasha Edwards said supporters of the petition don't want to discourage tourism but do want cruise ship operators to contribute to the community.

Juneau implemented a $5 fee on cruise ship passengers this year. A $5 passenger fee petition also is circulating in Ketchikan.

Cordova sponsors began gathering names in July and turned in about 165 signatures, enough to secure a place on the ballot. Voters will go the polls on March 6th. If approved, the fee would take effect Jan. 1, 2001.

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