Coastal Management Program Facing Elimination

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

The state’s Coastal Management Program faces certain termination on July first unless the legislature and governor agree to grant an extension during next year’s session.   The program began in 1978 with the goal of facilitating development in the state in a way that supported local communities by allowing them to have input into what happened in their areas.   However, by the time Governor Frank Murkowski moved the agency out of his office and into the Department of Natural Resources – and eliminated the Division of Governmental Coordination portion of the program – its role had diminished.   APRN’s Dave Donaldson reports that its supporters want it back in some form.

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