Alamitos Marina rebuild remains on track

LONG BEACH – The Long Beach City Council approved a $9.6 million contract with Bellingham Marine to complete Phase 5 of the Alamitos Bay rebuild during an Aug. 19 meeting.

According to staff reports, an increase in appropriations by $10.9 million in the Marina Fund and the Tidelands Operations Fund will cover the costs of Phase 5, which includes the replacement of Docks 11, 12, 13 and 14 in Basin 2. Dredging and the installation of concrete docks is included in this phase that is slated to begin in September with completion in May 2015.

The next phase of the extensive marina rebuild will include Basin 3 and the remaining docks in Basin 2. The city will also issue a $34 to $40 million bond in 2015 funded from slip fees, which are expected to increase by at least 2 percent per year and additional funding from the Tidelands Fund.

Phase 4, which consists of the electrical infrastructure upgrade for Basins 2 and 3, is scheduled to be completed by the end of October 2014.

In February 2010, the city began the rebuild of Alamitos Bay Marina, selecting Bellingham Marine for the design, engineering and construction of the project. The project was divided into phases with Basin 1 in the first phase, Basin 4 in phase two and Basin 5 in phase three. Basin’s 2 and 3 round up the five-phase project.

Construction began on Sept. 17, 2011 with the removal of the 1950s-era docks and piles in Basin 4, which is home to the Long Beach Yacht Club slips, and dredging the area to its original design depths. When completed, Alamitos Bay will contain 605 fewer slips, losing many in the 20- to 30-foot range, while gaining slips in the 35- to 50-foot range. Alamitos Bay’s current 1,967-slip total will be reduced to 1,646.

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