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Vote yes on Ballot Measure 2 to give Alaskans a voice on coastal management

 


I urge you to join me in voting YES on Ballot Measure 2 on Aug. 28 to restore Alaska’s coastal management program. Ballot Measure 2 gives Alaskans a voice by bringing back a strong coastal management program for Alaska.

For over 30 years, the Alaska Coastal Management Program served the state and its communities. During that time, the North Slope and Cook Inlet oil and gas fields, the Red Dog Mine, cruise ship docks and thousands of other projects were all responsibly developed. Now Alaska is the only state without a coastal management program.

With coastal management, Alaska’s communities have a say in development decisions that affect local coastal resources – habitat, air, land and water, subsistence and hunting, recreation and tourism. Coastal management is an important tool that gives us state and local control against the federal government.

Please join me in voting YES on 2 on Aug. 28!

Coastal Zone Management Program Initiative Information

The citizens’ coastal management program initiative creates the Alaska Coastal Policy Board in the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. The board is comprised of three resource agency commissioners and the DCCED commissioner and nine public members. The Governor chooses the public members from a list of names submitted by the coastal district of each of the nine regions represented on the board.

In addition, the initiative outlines the boards powers and duties; creates the division of ocean and coastal management in DCCED; establishes a criteria for development of the coastal management regulations; establishes objectives that addresses the use, management, restoration, enhancement, development, protection, government coordination and public participation; establishes the criteria, requirements and process for development of district coastal management plans and implementation; requires municipalities and state agencies act in conformity with the approved district coastal management plans and establishes superior court jurisdiction for enforcement of lawful orders; establishes the process for creation and functioning of coastal resource service areas in the unorganized borough; and states nothing in the act shall be construed to diminish state jurisdiction over land or water resources, submerged land, or navigable water, affect any state requirement imposed under federal authorization or federal waiver of sovereign immunity or diminish municipal zoning or planning authority.

Currently, Alaska is the only coastal state without a coastal management program. Our state has more than 38 percent of the entire U.S. coastline and is the only state that borders two oceans. A state coastal program gives Alaskans a powerful voice in balancing potentially competing uses and activities along our coasts.

For more information, you can go to http://www.elections.alaska.gov/ei_primary_bm.php.

This initiative will come before the voters in the Primary Election on Aug. 28.

 

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