AIDEA Board Approves Loan for Southeast Cruise Ship Facility
Development project financing provided for Icy Strait Point expansion
Officials from Icy Strait Point, Huna Totem Corporation, and Norwegian Cruise Line at groundbreaking in May 2019.
ANCHORAGE–The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) Board unanimously approved a resolution that authorizes AIDEA to provide a loan of up to $15 million to Duck Point Development II LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Huna Totem Corporation (HTC), to expand cruise ship facilities at Icy Strait Point (ISP) as part of a long-term partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line to develop a second cruise ship pier at ISP.
“We are pleased to move forward in support of this continued development of Icy Strait Point cruise ship facilities,” said AIDEA Chief Investment Officer Alan Weitzner. “AIDEA’s participation in this project with HTC and the City of Hoonah creates job opportunities and helps advance the region’s economy in a very significant way.”
The project, Phase 2, includes a new 500-foot floating dock to be constructed and located approximately one-half mile north of the existing ISP dock. Development to support the new dock includes a 3,500 square foot welcome center; a 600 square foot tour sales booth with a covered waiting area; two 1,600 square foot tour assembly buildings; and a tram and bus loop.
The new dock and uplands development will create forty-five construction jobs. The expansion of this cruise ship facility is planned to create 60 new jobs at ISP, increasing employment to approximately 220 positions in 2020.
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Jack Amon and Richard “Van” Hale opened the doors of the Marx Bros. Café on October 18, 1979; however, the two had already been partners in cuisine for some time, having created the Wednesday Night Gourmet Wine Tasting Society and Volleyball Team Which Now Meets on Sunday, a weekly evening of food and wine. It was actually the end of the weekly event that spurred the name of the restaurant: hours after its final service, Amon and Hale were hauling equipment and furnishings out of their old location and to their now-iconic building on Third Street, all while managing arguments about equipment ownership, a visit from the police, and quite a bit of wine. “If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘A Night at the Opera” starring the Marx Brothers, that’s what it was like,” Hale explains.