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That continuing trend...

Rocking the Boat


The following is from the editorial page of the Jan. 7, 1988 Seward Phoenix LOG.

THAT CONTINUING TREND... After several years of dramatic growth, as determined by the borough’s quarterly taxable sales, it looks like we’re in for a breather. But it won’t be for long.

The state is moving forward with their plans for Spring Creek. While some are anticipating a gradual opening, it may look more like a surge in early May.

Spring Creek Correctional Facility’s opening will coincide with one of Seward’s busiest seasons. There may be more coal moving out of the terminal. Fishing and tourism will be gearing up and construction of the new dock at SMIC should be in full swing.

Let’s take advantage of this slow period.

Let’s be thinking about how we’re going to accommodate new friends and neighbors. We’re known as a friendly community and with new people moving into Seward we’re going to have every opportunity to show the state how nice we really are.

Let’s stop and think about local government – how we can work better together. With a city manager to be appointed, now’s the perfect time. We have a reputation as a stable community and a new person hired should plan on being here for a long period of time. How that person should work with residents in the area (both inside and outside the city limits) and city employees should be addressed now.

Let’s think how we can work closer with state government, since it’s presence will be much larger.

Let’s consider the positive impact of Kenai Fjords National Park and Caine’s Head State Park, and how we can make them more accessible, to fulfill the intent of what they were created for – to give common citizens the opportunity to enjoy the wilderness.

Let’s think about fine tuning those ideas and plans for business expansion. With more people in the community shopping we should be ready to be more of service. We should support the Chamber of Commerce as it continues to work to provide more services to its members and the community.

Let’s use this period of quiet economic activity to our advantage. It’s up to us to chart our own course. After all, who else can do it better? And, at what better time?


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