The old Homer Halibut Derby Shack is refreshed and updated to open as the new Spit Visitor Information Center, as seen here on Friday, June 25, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Christina Whiting)

The old Homer Halibut Derby Shack is refreshed and updated to open as the new Spit Visitor Information Center, as seen here on Friday, June 25, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Christina Whiting)

New Spit visitor center opens

Ribbon cutting is today for new Spit Visitor Information Center.

An open house and ribbon cutting for the remodeled Homer Spit Visitor Information Center happens at 1 p.m. today, July 1, at the former Halibut Derby Shack near Ramp 4 on the Homer Spit. Sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, the Spit VIC repurposes the former weigh-in headquarters for the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby that ended in 2019. Chamber Director Brad Anderson and Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins will share information about the history of the log cabin and the vision for moving it forward.

The Spit VIC will be open and staffed Thursdays through Sundays, beginning July 1 and through Labor Day Weekend. According to a press release, the VIC will serve visitors as well as locals, including those who walk, run and bike on the Homer Spit Trail. Stop by to ask questions, get visitor guides and other miscellaneous information.

For more information, contact the central office of the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center at 201 Sterling Highway. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Harbor employees on Friday, July 25, 2021, remove the Jackpot Halibut Derby sign at the former derby shack in Homer, Alaska. The sign will be repainted by Homer artist Dan Coe. (Photo by Christina Whiting)

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