Sitka shops offer free coffee for comments on ferry system

  • Thursday, November 12, 2015 12:13am
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SITKA, Alaska (AP) — Three cafe owners are working together to raise support for improved ferry service in Sitka in res ponse to cuts in next summer’s Alaska Marine Highway schedule.

The Sitka owners of Highliner Coffee, the Backdoor Cafe and Homeport Eatery offered a free coffee Monday to customers who filled out a comment card on ferry service to Sitka.

The cuts to Sitka’s ferry service include no fast service to Juneau, and only one northbound and southbound stop in Sitka each week.

Highliner owner Melissa Thorsen-Broschat says the reduced service will have a negative impact on school and independent travel as well as tourism and business.

The coffee owners collected nearly 200 comment cards Monday.

The comments will be submitted to the Alaska Marine Highway System.

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