Cal Boating OKs $2 Million for Santa Barbara Harbor Projects

Byline: Log News Service

SANTA CRUZ (LOG NEWS SERVICE) — The California Boating and Waterways Commission has approved $2 million in state funds for two recreational boating facility projects in Santa Barbara Harbor.

The projects, which were proposed by the Department of Boating and Waterways (Cal Boating) and approved by the commissioners during their meeting in Santa Cruz Oct. 26, include:

• A $1.7 million loan from the state Harbors and Watercraft Revolving Fund to the city of Santa Barbara to complete the removal of the existing dilapidated docks on fingers L and M at Marina One and replace them with new concrete docks. As part of the project all new utilities will be installed, including electrical, communications (telephone and cable), potable water and fire suppression systems.

• A grant of $350,000 from the state fund to Santa Barbara to make improvements to the city’s boat launching facility. The project includes the demolition of 62 feet of the westernmost portion of the existing ramp area and the construction of two more 15-foot-wide V-groove launching lanes and a boat washdown area. When the project is complete, there will be a total of six V-groove lanes at the facility.

Cal Boating regularly provides loans and grants to local government agencies and loans to private businesses for the construction and improvement of recreational boating facilities. Funding is derived from fuel tax paid by boaters and the repayment of principal and interest on existing public and private loans.

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