So the city of Kenai has raised there fees. I have no problem with that.
They also want to look into the feasibility of a free pass for Kenai residents. I agree with that 100%. This in my opinion is warranted for all the trouble and hassle Kenai residents have to put up with come dipnet season. For not being able to walk their dogs on the beach or take their families there like they do for free the other 340 days a year.
For 20 days they loose the use of their local beaches to the wave of dipnetters that mob the beach and leave it a wreck.
The State of Alaska created this fishery with out giving the city of Kenai a method or means to maintain and controll what goes on on city beaches. They do now give the City some money but it is far short of what is needed to properly manage this area and keep it from being completly destroyed.
Yes these beaches are public property but they belong to the City of Kenai not the State of Alaska or the federal government.
If people don't like the fees there are other beaches without fees to dipnet on. These Would include the dipnet and setnet on the Kasilof beach,The dipnet at Chitna and the Homer setnet fishery.
Anybody could become a resident of the city of Kenai and get the free pass.
IMHO if people don't like the fees or the residents free pass then they can go elsewhere or stay home.