California Local Boating News
Developers are looking to develop multimillion-dollar projects on prime waterfront real estate between Ventura and the U.S.-Mexico border. Some projects are small in scale and specific in use, while others would dramatically alter the current landscape.
SANTA BARBARA — Last year, a Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol officer was seriously injured after a burglary suspect was asked to stop for questioning.
Spicer drives his white pickup with his Yacht Docktor logo emblazoned on the side, while Stella, her head hanging over her name painted on the passenger’s door, serenades everyone with her distinctive howling before barking loudly.
NEWPORT BEACH — Boating interests in Newport Beach earned a key victory Feb. 10, with the City Council voting to reduce dock rates for those who own U-shaped residential piers in the harbor.
Another segment of the California coast could soon be federally protected waters, as the Northern Chumash Tribal Council nominated a stretch of Pacific Ocean between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo to be declared a National Marine Sanctuary.
NEWPORT BEACH — The Fourth of July is several months away, but the Newport Beach council chamber was filled with fireworks Feb. 10 as freshly elected council members and veterans of the dais exchanged barbs for 20 minutes during a discussion and vote on a bid for concrete docks at Marina Park.
SAN DIEGO — All eyes are on San Diego Bay. Specifically, recreational boaters, legislators and many government agencies are watching how Shelter Island keeps pace with a regulatory order requiring port officials to reduce copper levels 76 percent by 2022 in the northwestern corner of San Diego Bay.
For the past 69 years, the annual Fred Hall Fishing Tackle and Boat Show has been a season-starting tradition for Southern California outdoor enthusiasts.
LONG BEACH — Shortly after Robert Garcia took office last year as Long Beach’s youngest and first openly gay mayor, he pushed forward a baker’s dozen of political appointments to fill openings in several commissions.
Birds trill from perches in low-growing bushes while water ripples through the creek and waves lap the nearby shore. Hikers explore nature trails along San Diego Bay, catching glimpses of resident wildlife and wildflowers, while investigating an old gunpowder factory’s remnants.
NEWPORT BEACH — A request by Newport Beach Councilman Kevin Muldoon to hire a firm to audit the Tide and Submerged Land Fund, or Tidelands Fund, was tabled until a later date.
SANTA ANA — Lisa Bartlett was sworn into her new post as Orange County supervisor a few weeks ago. When she took office, the Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Plan was still as much a concept on paper as it was when it was first drafted almost 20 years ago.
SAN DIEGO — Dozens of marina operators and maritime interests met with officers of the San Diego Harbor Patrol at its headquarters on Shelter Island Feb. 3 to discuss how to monitor suspicious activity as part of the port’s iWatch My Bay program.
SANTA BARBARA — A local business’s request to add guided standup paddleboard (SUP) tours to its waterfront offerings in Santa Barbara Harbor was unanimously approved by harbor commissioners at their Jan. 22 meeting.
Recreational boating traces back hundreds of years, but only in the past decade has copper antifouling paint covering a boat’s hull become a significant issue.