Personal Watercraft

City of Homer

  The Homer City Council put into code the launching procedures for motorized personal watercraft within city limits at its meeting Monday night. It also introduced an ordinance to expand the “no wake” zone around the spit and Beluga Slough.
 

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The weather on January 9th may not be conducive to riding a jet ski in Alaska waters, but that’s the date the State of Alaska has chosen for the return of personal watercraft to Kachemak Bay.
    In an order signed by an aide in Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer’s office on his behalf, the state law that prohibited personal watercraft use in Kachemak Bay and the Fox River Flats Critical Habitat Areas was repealed.
    The order came from Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Doug Vincent-Lang.

Alaska Department of Natural Resources

The Kachemak Bay State Park Advisory Board held their regular meeting on Wednesday night at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer.

The board opened the meeting by taking public comment on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s proposal to repeal its ban on personal watercraft in Kachemak Bay and Fox River Flats Critical Habitat Area. Currently there is a boundary from Anchor Point to Point Pogibshi which personal watercraft may not cross . 

State of Alaska

  

The ban on personal watercraft in Kachemak Bay and Fox River Flats is up for public comment until January 6, 2020. Personal watercraft have been banned from Kachemak Bay and Fox River Flats  since 2001.

Public comments are all directed through one person, Rick Green, appointed by Governor Dunleavy to serve as Special Assistant to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Comminssioner Doug Vincent-Lang.
KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson spoke to Green about the proposed repeal.
 

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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game proposes to repeal the ban on personal watercraft use in Fox River Flats and Kachemak Bay Critical Habitat Areas.
The ban was enacted in 2001. 

Robert Archibald is the chair of The Kachemak Bay State Park Citizens Advisory Board.  Their next meeting is on Wednesday, December 11 at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer. Archibald says the watercraft repeal is going on the agenda.

"We will be discussing that as a board, whether to pass a resolution for or against that," said Archibald.