WEDNESDAY! Fairbanks hearings on Coastal Management Initiative
The Lt. Governor's will be hosting a public hearing on the Alaska Coastal Zone Management Plan Initiative. Come out to support the coast!
Alaska's Coastal Program operated successfully for over 30 years. In 2011, the Legislature and the governor failed to agree on conditions for extending the coastal program and the program expired. Now, Alaska is the only coastal state without a coastal management program. YOU have the power to change this. Come to the hearing!
WEDNESDAY, July 11
at the Fairbanks North Star Borough Council Chambers
(809 Pioneer Road)
Here are some talking Points:
- Local residents need a mechanism for direct input to the federal government, rather than relying on the state to protect residents' interests
- Federal permitting decisions must be consistent with state rules, even if state rules exceed federal requirements
- The coastal zone management program worked well prior to Governor Murkowski's changes. Ballot Initiative 2 essentially would reinstate the best aspects of the old program and enable Alaska to obtain federal funding for running the program; it was wrong for the state to let the program lapse and now to claim that the program has high start-up costs
- Communities will not have veto power over projects, merely input
- Smaller development projects will benefit from the permit coordination provided by the coastal zone management program.
The Alaska Sea Party, the Initiative sponsors, will be at the hearings and will work with local people to coordinate events in each community.
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