State Certifies Initiative for New Coastal Management Plan

Ready, set, gather. A grassroots committee called the "Alaska Sea Party" is clear to gather signatures in order to get coastal management on next year's ballot.

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by Megan Mazurek

Ready set, gather. A grassroots committee called the "Alaska Sea Party" is clear to gather signatures in order to get coastal management on next year's ballot.
The move comes after Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell certified the application for the initiative entitled "An Act establishing the Alaska Coastal Management Program". The committee's sponsor is Mayor Bruce Botelho of Juneau. In a press release sent out he says, "Alaskans now have the opportunity to make their voices heard to bring back an important program that gives the state and local communities a meaningful say in decisions that affect coastal development and resources."
Botelho said the goal is to have 27,000 signatures collected by January 17th, the start of legislative session.
Supporters say they want to revive Alaska's coastal management program and will take the issue to the people if the legislature doesn't act.
The program allows the state to control certain activities on federal lands and waters. It ended June 30 after lawmakers failed to pass it.

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