Chamber announces Feb. 11 ferry protest

The M/V Aurora departs the Cordova Ferry Terminal. (July 21, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times
The M/V Aurora departs the Cordova Ferry Terminal. (July 21, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

A rally in support of the Alaska Marine Highway System is planned for noon on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the Cordova Ferry Terminal.

The rally is part of a statewide campaign protesting cuts to transportation funding, said Cathy Renfeldt, executive director of the Cordova Chamber of Commerce. The Cordova rally will be held simultaneously to a rally at the Alaska State Capitol, as well as other demonstrations throughout the state.

While some legislators, such as Rep. Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, have vigorously defended the AMHS, residents must demand broader support for ferry service from elected officials, Renfeldt said.

“This is an opportunity to stand together with many other communities across the state, and they’re not even all coastal communities,” Renfeldt said. “We’ve been yelling and screaming here in Cordova for months, and now… they’re ready to come out and scream with us. We need to get out there and be part of that voice.”

The next scheduled ferry service to Cordova is April 23.