Group Wants Coastal Zone Management Initiative
If legislature won't enact law before August primary
Proponents of restarting a coastal management program for the state say their ballot initiative is on track to go before voters in the August primary, but that doesn’t mean the issue might not be resolved sooner.
The “Alaska Sea Party,” a group of coastal town legislators, and officials say the 26,000 signatures they got to put their initiative on the ballot is a good sign the people support their plan.
The program allows local input on projects planned for federal waters off Alaska’s coastline.
The group held a press conference Tuesday to urge the state legislature to reinstate the program on its own this session, and avoid the ballot question.
Sea Party officials say a lack of a coastal zone management program creates roadblocks for developers along the state’s shores.
The lieutenant governor’s office must certify that there are enough valid signatures on the initiative project before it goes on the ballot.
Sea Party officials say they have collected more than enough to see their plan before voters in August.