On April 12, 2021, three ballot initiatives were submitted in Juneau in an attempt to place limits and to some extent a ban on cruise ship visits in the popular Alaskan port. Activists are seeking to impose a limit on the time of day cruise ships with 250 or more passengers can be docked or anchored, and an outright ban these vessels on Saturday. Additionally, the group is seeking to ban ships based on gross tonnage.
Submitted Juneau, Alaska Ballot Initiatives
- Limit cruise ships with 250 or more passengers to the hours of 7 AM to 7 PM
- Ban all cruise ships with more than 250 passengers on Saturdays
- Ban all cruise ships larger than 100,000 gross tonnage after January 1, 2026.
This is just the beginning of the efforts spearheaded by Juneau’s Karla Hart, co-founder of the Global Cruise Activist Network, to get these ballot initiatives on the ballots during Juneau’s next municipal election on October 5, 2021. Beginning May 3rd, supporters will begin seeking the nearly 3,000 signatures required for each initiatives to make it onto the ballot.
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- KINY Radio: Proposed charter amendments reigning in cruise ships drawing reaction
- KINY Radio Morning Show: Interview with Karla Hart, Cruise Ship Activist
The Disney Wonder has been calling on Juneau since 2011 during the summer Alaskan sailings and would be subject to two thirds of the potential charter amendments. The good news, is the Disney Wonder comes in well under the proposed ban of vessels larger than 100,000 gross tons which at the most would just require Disney Cruise Line to adjust her arrival and departure times as the Disney Wonder typically visits Juneau on Fridays.
We will continue to monitor these ballot initiatives in Juneau and provide updates as they become available.