By Leigh Armstrong 

The Miami-based consulting firm that will help Skagway figure out a plan for the future of the tourism-dominant port will also assess the potential for freight, fuel and mining uses, along with forecasting the need for more housing in the community.

“I think this is a more comprehensive proposal that’s looking at our waterfront as we need, rather than exclusively through the prism of cruise ships,” Assemblymember Orion Hanson said. 

The consultants, Bermello Ajamil and Partners, have added Juneau-based McDowell Group as a subcontractor on the work, with McDowell to assess the freight, fuel and mining industries in Skagway.

The borough assembly Aug. 1 approved the $192,140 contract with Bermello. The assembly had postponed action at its July 18 meeting, pending discussions with the consultants to expand the scope of their work.

The consultants also will look at strategies for possible early termination of the municipality’s lease to White Pass & Yukon Route, at the request of assembly members. The lease for the ore dock and surrounding property expires 2023.