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Before giving port money, demand answers
COMPASS: Other points of view
Read more: http://www.adn.com/2011/09/24/2086654/before-giving-port-money-demand.html#ixzz1Yzs0c2Gn
By LISA DEMER
Published: 09/11/11 23:21:00
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It's been said that 80-90% of all goods consumed in Alaska come through the Port of Anchorage. The port is Alaska's door to the world, from what we drive, eat and to what we furnish our homes with. This vital asset has been mismanaged for the last decade. Necessary improvements have given way to grandiose vanity plans that aren't justified by past growth patterns. Federal, state and local money has been requested and received again and again without much to show for it.
In 2002, the port expansion was estimated to cost $147 million. Now, in 2011, the cost is estimated at $1 billion. At this point, $279 million in public money -- federal, state and city -- has been spent or committed. It's not clear who will pay for the rest, more than $700 million. Read More...
The completion date has changed numerous times. The latest date has gone from 2011 to 2021. Read More ...
From the beginning, engineers have understood the massive challenges posed by Cook Inlet tidal action. Questions about the construction, oversite and defective work continue to pile up. Much of the work done in 2010 involved dismantling construction from just a year earlier! Read More ...
IS AN EXPANSION THIS ENORMOUS REALLY NECESSARY?
The Port's own annual dock tonnage report from 2001-2010 doesn't show a sustained increase in any portion of shipped goods over the past ten years. Read More ...
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?
MARAD? Private contractors? Belugas? Bill Sheffield? Municipality of Anchorage? Read More ...
WHAT DO WE DO NOW?
As Albert Einstein said, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. It's time to move forward. Read More ...