Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Support helps find speedy solution

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies would like to extend its sincere thanks and appreciation to the Tin Roof and Cottonwood Funds, donor advised funds of the Homer Foundation, for their financial support for the building of a replacement floating dock for the Peterson Bay Field Station. We also would like to thank Petro Marine Services for allowing us to use the area near their storage shed by the deep water dock to stage our project.

Use of this area allowed us to build four 10-by-20 frames which were then moved down the barge ramp, floated and linked together to make our finished 20-by-40 floating dock. We were not anticipating having to build a new floating dock this season, but the extreme snow load coupled with ice and tidal influences caused our existing floating dock to collapse and be determined unsafe for continued use.

This unexpected discovery came just two and a half weeks before our first large school group was scheduled to arrive at the Peterson Bay Field Station for a 2 day Alaska Coastal Ecology program.

In addition to the financial support of the donor advised funds of the Homer Foundation, hours of volunteer labor, including foreman-type oversight by Bill Wells and design work by Dave Beck and Ben Gibson, and many other community members lifting and pounding we were able to complete the project in an amazing short time span. Folks at local businesses, such as Wakeen Brown with Spenard Builders Supply, Shea Robinson with Alaskan Coastal Freight, Lance Haggerty with Makos Water Taxi and Brian Hawkins with the City of Homer Harbormasters Office, went above and beyond to help get materials in a speedy fashion and solve many logistical puzzles.

CACS greatly appreciates such an outstanding show of community support for our organization allowing us to not miss a beat in delivering a wonderful spring program season to hundreds of school children and their teachers and chaperones from around the state.

Beth Trowbridge, executive director

Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies