2nd Class City
in the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area
- Area Type
- Current Population
- Population Comment
- 2013 DCCED Certified Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (koff' man)
- Census Designated Place (CDP)
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Election, Recording, and Judicial Districts
- Senate District
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Facilities and Amenities
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- Piped Water, Piped Sewer, Volunteer Fire/EMS, Harbor/Dock, Post Office (federal contract), Gravel Sales, Parks & Recreation, Roads, Library, Internet
Geography and Climate
- Coffman Cove is on the northeast coast of Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska. It lies 73 miles northeast of Ketchikan and 42 miles southeast of Wrangell.
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- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
- The area is dominated by a cool maritime climate. Summer temperatures range from 46 to 70 °F. Winter temperatures range from 32 to 42 °F.
History and Culture
- The site was named in 1886 by Lt. Comdr. A.S. Snow of the US Navy for Lt. Dewitt Coffman, a member of his party. Coffman Cove was first settled as a logging camp in the 1950s and was owned and operated by Mike and Leta Valentine. Land was made available for private ownership through selection under the Alaska Statehood Act. Coffman Cove's pioneer lifestyle and clean, safe environment were featured on ABC's "20/20" program in 1984, prompting a deluge of mail from persons around the country wanting to relocate. The city government was incorporated in 1989.
- Although most residents previously lived in mobile homes, these have mostly been replaced with houses residents built themselves. There is a general store, liquor store, gift shop, gas station, post office substation, RV park, and two churches.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Incorporation Type
- 2nd Class City
- Public Education
- Not permitted to provide this service.
- Planning, Platting and Land Use Regulation
- Not required to exercise the powers in any circumstance, but may be permitted in all cases in the manner described for first class cities.
- Property Tax Powers
- May tax up to 20 mills, except where a higher levy is required to avoid default. Voter approval required.
- Sales Tax Powers
- No limit on the rate of levy of sales taxes; however, voter approval is required.
- Other Powers Not Prohibited
- May exercise other powers not prohibited by law.
- City Council or Assembly Composition and Apportionment
- 7 members elected at-large, except the council may provide for election other than at-large.
- Election and Term of Mayor
- Elected from the city council for a 1-year term, unless a longer term is provided by ordinance. Mayor selected by council (or by voters upon adoption of ordinance).
- Vote by Mayor
- Votes on all matters.
- Veto Power of the Mayor
- Does not have veto power.
- Power of Eminent Domain
- Permitted, but requires voter approval.
- Ability to Attain Home-Rule Status
- May not adopt home-rule charter without first reclassifying to a first-class city.
- The Inter-Island Ferry Authority provides access to the Prince of Wales Island road system by operating a daily service from Ketchikan to Hollis. There is a ferry terminal located in Coffman Cove with service estimated to start in 2015 between Coffman Cove, Wrangell and Petersburg. A state-owned seaplane base is available, and there is scheduled air service from Ketchikan three times a week. The nearest landing strip is in Klawock where wheel plane service is available thee times daily. The Coffman Cove Boat Harbor can accommodate boats up to 200 feet with fresh water and shore power available. Freight arrives by float plane or barge via the port in Thorne Bay or Craig.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection