The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

Rocking the Boat


The following is from the editorial page of the April 17, 1986 Seward Phoenix LOG.

THE FOURTH AVENUE DOCK... There was good news Monday night for those who have long advocated the reconstruction of the downtown dock. Though $5,000 isn’t much, we agree that it is a good solid first step in what we hope will eventually lead to the full utilization of the dock that was the economic heart of Seward before the earthquake.

Since 1964, industrial activity has shifted to the head of the bay. Today the future is bright for tourism and the dock could play a key role in its development, especially since Seward has become a destination spot for the cruise ships.

The downtown core need to be preserved and revitalized as the historic center of Seward which is one of the few remaining old time Alaskan towns with character and flavor in its business district. It’s something the tourists come to see. It’s an asset that should be recognized.

The city manager said that the preliminary study will give the city a conceptual plan on what can be done and how much it will cost to reconstruct the dock. The engineers will be contacting the cruise ships’ operators and others, such as the state ferry system, to find out how they would like the dock redesigned.

In time, there will be other business districts in the area, but there will be only one downtown. Downtown will continue to be what our visitors want to see and experience. The Fourth Avenue Dock reconstruction will go a long way in preserving Seward’s historic downtown. We were please to see the City’s action.


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