As part of the upcoming port development plan, the borough’s consultant, Bermello Ajamil and Partners, is surveying Skagway residents on what they would like to see for waterfront use and development.

Bermello has been working on a potential development plan for how Skagway could proceed if it does not renew the borough lease with White Pass & Yukon Route when it expires in 2023, covering docks and uplands.

Initial drafts of the plan turned in to the borough assembly detailed impacts of tourism and how to handle more cruise ship passengers. The assembly returned the proposal in July for a rewrite requesting more information on other areas of port development, including ore shipments and industrial use.

The survey is the latest portion of Bermello’s work in ranking the importance to the community of different industries that use the municipally owned waterfront area.

The survey asks residents to rank their areas of interest in the port: tourism, cruise ships, state ferries, commercial development, cargo (freight, fuel and mining), pedestrian access and environmental issues, recreational marine and general recreation, with rankings.

Additionally, the survey asks participants their concerns and opportunities they see for port development. The survey also asks people to define their vision for the port in 20 years. The survey is available on the municipal website under the government tab, or go to No date has been given for closing the survey.

The team from Bermello visited Skagway in November and hopes to have an updated proposal in January, detailing the next steps ahead of a public meeting.

The Miami-based consulting firm is working under a contract with the borough for about $160,000.