ADF&G to install gate at airport beach road

The city won’t object to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game installing a gate at the top of the Airport Beach Access Road off Kachemak Drive, City Manager Katie Koester said in a letter last week.

At the Oct. 24 Homer City Council meeting, Koester told the council of Fish and Game plans to put in a gate at the top of the road. In her city manager’s report, Koester said that unless the council directed otherwise, she would send a letter to the state saying the city had no objection to a gate. The council did not object to the gate.

Earlier this year, the council passed an ordinance prohibiting motorized vehicles from driving on the Mud Bay beach west of a vacated easement formerly known as Shirlene Circle. Driving is restricted from that point on the Mud Bay beach heading toward the base of the Homer Spit, including the area below the Airport Beach Access Road off Kachemak Drive. City policy allows driving on the beach east of Shirlene Circle, although there is no city access to the beach. The gate will have a universal access key available to emergency responders.

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