New article posted in ADN about crowded conditions on the Kenai and what the poor city can do about it. In the article, it stated the city lost "over $8900" from dipnetters. The fees collected did not cover the costs to clean the beaches, man the pay booths, dump dumpsters and toilets, etc. Are you kidding me? The city also charges a sales tax. I'm sure the tax revenue from just these dipnetters was in the neighborhood of half a million dollars. Not to mention the jobs created directly in the city by servicing the dipnetters. The contractors paid by the city to work on the beach. All that, and the parks dept "lost" $8900. I bet the city loses a heck of a lot more on other departments, without nearly as much trickle down benefit as that provided by dipnetting.
Carcasses littering the beach was listed as an aggravation. Oh, cry me a river. If its a problem, find a creative solution, like public cleaning stations where carcasses get hauled out and dumped, or used as fertilizer. How about a fish meal plant on the Kenai? Use waste from sport caught, dipnetted, and cannery fish to sponsor a new industry.
Residents supposedly complained about litter and waste; when we camped at the beach at the mouth of the Kenai, it cost $50 for 12 hours, and unless you camped at the very end of the beach in the tent city, there wasn't an outhouse within a mile, nor a dumpster. Access to the beach was very loose sand that was burying 4 wheel drives. It seemed there could have been a lot more that the city did with its half a million in direct parking revenue than what it was doing.
State campgrounds charge $10 to camp, (24 hours) $5 to park (12 hours) in most of the state. At $35 to camp, $15 to park, with a 12 hour limit on either, the city is charging 3 to 3.5 times as much as the state, and providing fewer, shoddier services. I feel very little sympathy for them.