Story last updated at 6/19/2013 - 2:05 pm
PETERSBURG - Alaska's Little Norway has a new claim to fame: Yachting magazine (http://bit.ly/11f7GjS) has named Petersburg one of the best yachting towns in the nation.
Each year, Yachting magazine's asks its readers to nominate waterfront towns and from that lengthy list the magazine editors select the top 10.
"Petersburg offers the unique Alaskan experience that visitors are looking for," said Glorianne Wollen, Petersburg's harbormaster. "We are very proud of our history of being able to successfully mingle the yachting world with an Alaskan commercial fleet, encouraging a greater respect for both cultures."
Casey Flint, president of the Petersburg Economic Development Council, said, "This recognition is a result of a community-wide effort: our outstanding harbor facility and marine services, and new marketing programs from our economic development council and chamber of commerce.
Flint hopes the designation will attract more visitors to the area. "Hopefully, it will translate into increased boat traffic and a boost in the local economy," he said.
Marilyn Meucci at the Visitor Information Center said, "Petersburg is a very special destination. Not only are we surrounded by spectacular scenery, we have all the amenities visiting yachters need within walking distance of the harbor."
Petersburg is also in contention to be named the nation's Best Yachting town. Yachting magazine encourages readers to vote for their favorite via Facebook by Aug. 30. The winner is announced in a fall issue. Vote for Petersburg at http://bit.ly/179KXu5
Petersburg is located among the forested islands and mountains of Alaska's beautiful Inside Passage. Petersburg is a small, vibrant community of 3,200 residents where the commercial fishing culture is distinguished by a strong Norwegian heritage, and boaters and sailors are always welcome! For more information on how to make the most of your stay in Petersburg, Alaska, visit petersburgak.org or call 907.772.4636 or toll free 866.484.4700.