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

Rocking the Boat

 


The following is from the editorial page of the June 1, 1989 Seward Phoenix LOG.

THE GREENING OF SEWARD... Yes, Virginia, there’s life after the oil spill! And, there’s no more positive statement than Seward Enhancement Association’s planting of trees and shrubs as they work to beautify the community.

The city is providing trees and the volunteer association is assisting with labor and monetary donations. It’s a fine example of Sewardites working together to provide for a nicer looking town in the years to come.

SEA’s efforts could not come at a more opportune time. There’s been considerable negative publicity surround the befouling of the beaches of Prince William Sound and the shores of Kenai Fjords National Park. While we admit the oil has covered many beaches (but not every beach) and will affect the fisheries, we still have one of our more important industries that needs promoting now – tourism.

What we have to show is that Seward still has all it had to offer before the spill. You can still hike and climb, fish in Resurrection Bay and local streams and lakes, walk about town, and do what we have, and every visitor has done for years. Yes, there’s been a couple changes since last year – there’s more people in town because of the spill and there’s more to do.

Each passing year brings more improvements on the visitor agenda. Almost all of it is because of the efforts of the private sector and volunteer organizations like the Chamber of Commerce and enhancement association. Even in the midst of this to be short-lived oil boom, the chamber and SEA have been looking at the future, knowing that there’s economic stability to having guests in our hometown.

VIGILANCE ON THE SEAS... The U.S. Coast Guard gets scant attention and little credit for what they do to protect our fishery resources. Sometimes we notice when they’re in town. At other times we give recognition to the lives they’ve saved and thank them for their vigilance on the seas. But what we seldom realize is the size of the North Pacific and Bering Sea, and the difficulties that come with patrolling thousands of square miles of water.

If there is anything we need to protect our marine resources, it’s a greater Coast Guard presence. It’s no fault of the service, but the few vessels now deployed can barely scratch the surface. We have so much to protect, yet so little to protect it with.

We’ve been fortunate in having a congressional delegation that recognized the need for more patrols and more vessels protecting some the of the world’s most productive marine resource grounds. Any local support can go a long way in helping to affirm that commitment.

 

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