Coastal Communities weigh supporting ferry system plan

    KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Kodiak officials are considering a funding proposal to support the development of a strategic plan for the Alaska Marine Highway System.

    The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports that Mayor Pat Branson says there have been requests from the state's Marine Transportation Advisory Board for coastal communities that receive ferry service to provide financial assistance for the AMHS plan. He says some communities have already pitched in.

    Branson discussed the matter at a City Council work session Tuesday.

    In May, Gov. Bill Walker signed off on a memorandum that established the creation of a 25-year strategic plan for the ferry system. Southeast Conference, a regional development nonprofit organization, is developing the plan that seeks to find alternative revenue sources and identify potential partnerships for the ferry system.

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