The rapidly growing visitation of cruise ships and their passengers necessitates additional facilities to serve the industry. Since the opening of the new floating berth at Alaska Steamship Wharf, dockings have increased 44% and the number of passengers visiting has increased 182%.
Cruise ship vessels exist to take passengers on vacations, and their sole purpose for entering the port of Juneau is to allow passengers to disembark for the day and to enjoy walking about downtown and/or getting on ground transportation to their tours. This project would provide necessary services to the vessel, to the passengers, and will advance the marine enterprise of the cruise ship industry.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that the provision of the same services as are proposed in this project was lawful. Barber v. State of Hawaii, 42 F.3d 1185, 1196 (1994) (providing restroom facilities, parking, trash disposal, and security services to boaters in exchange for moorage and anchoring fees did not violate the Tonnage Clause).
This ordinance would authorize the Manager to enter into an agreement to purchase private property and sell municipal property resulting in a net cost to the CBJ of $922,175.