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Today is the feast day of St. Nicholas. The figure of Santa Claus comes from St. Nick, who in turn comes from the real-life St. Nicholas, a fourth-century bishop from Myra, in what is now Turkey. In many parts of the world, today is the day that children get gifts — on the evening of December 5th, they might put out shoes and get small gifts like fruit, coins, or toys.
Not sure I'd be snacking on anything I found in my shoes....
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PROPOSED TIDE AND SUBMERGED LAND CONVEYANCE TO THE CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU (WITHIN JUNEAU HARBOR)
In accordance with AS 38.05.035(e) and AS 38.05.825, the Division of Mining, Land and Water has prepared a preliminary written decision requested conveyance of a parcel of state submerged land in Gastineau Channel, containing approximately 17.87 acres, for the purpose of developing two offshore cruise ship berths associated with an expansion of the existing Juneau downtown cruise ship dock. The requested parcel is within Subunit 6a8 of the Juneau State Land Plan (JSLP) and is located within Section 23, Township 41 South, Range 67 East of the Copper River Meridian, USGS Quad Map Juneau B-2, Latitude 58° 17’47.27” North, Longitude 134° 24’07.28” West. Related to this preliminary decision is a proposed area plan amendment to the JSLP and a land classification order (LCO), number SE-93-00-004A07.
You are invited to comment on the preliminary decision. A complete copy of the preliminary decision and related documents are available via a request to the following email address. Additionally, any comments you submit must be in writing and must be submitted to Anne Johnson, 400 Willoughby Ave, 4th Floor, Juneau, AK 99801, by fax to 907-465-3886, or by electronic mail to Anne.Johnson1@alaska.gov. The submission deadline is 5:00 p.m., December 9, 2013. Please include your mailing address, email and phone number.
Following the comment deadline, all written responses will be considered before final action is taken on the proposed action. If DMLW determines that public comments in response to this notice indicate the need for significant changes to the decision, proposed plan amendment or land classification order, additional public notice will be given. If no significant changes are required, the preliminary decision, plan amendment and LCO will be issued in final incorporating any necessary minor changes. A copy of the final documents, including appeal instructions, will be sent to those persons who timely commented in writing on the preliminary decision; those not commenting timely or in writing will have no appeal rights ( AS 38.05.035(i)-(j)).
DMLW complies with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. DMLW is prepared to accommodate individuals with disabilities by providing auxiliary aids when requested. Individuals with audio impairments who wish to respond to this decision by telephone may call the Department’s Public Information Center in Anchorage between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. M-F at TDD 907-269-8411.
DNR/DMLW reserves the right to waive technical defects in this notice.
/s/ David L. Kelley, Regional Manager, Southeast Regional Office
Juneau dock bid opening delayed until ownership of submerged tidelands is resolved
By Casey Kelly
Posted on November 15, 2013 at 5:40 pm
Category: Business, Featured News, Local Government, State Government, Tourism
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A consultant’s drawing of Juneau’s proposed floating cruise ship docks. Image courtesy CBJ Docks and Harbors Department.
The City and Borough of Juneau’s Docks and Harbors Department announced Friday evening that it will delay opening bids for a $54 million floating cruise ship berth project until the city is granted ownership of submerged tidelands by the State of Alaska.
Bids had been scheduled to be opened on Tuesday, November 19th. But now they will remain sealed until at least January, according to Port Director Carl Uchytil.
“The new bid opening date will be announced following the Final Finding and Decision of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to convey tidelands to the City & Borough of Juneau,” Uchytil said in a press release.
DNR’s preliminary decision recommends transfer of the nearly 18 acre parcel to the city. But Uchytil said the bid opening will be delayed out of “an abundance of caution.”
The city this week received four bids for the project. However, they were to remain sealed until next Tuesday’s opening.
The Port Director could not be reached for comment late Friday. He and Port Engineer Gary Gillette came under fire this week by the Juneau Assembly and concerned citizens for their decision to move forward with the project despite the unresolved land conveyance and for not revealing the matter before a state public comment period started last week.
Interested parties have until December 9th to comment on DNR’s preliminary decision approving the land transfer. After that there will be a review period before the final decision is issued. DNR officials say the review period could take several weeks.