Re: Illegal Charters: Elusive Activity or Lax Regulations? (Feb. 9-22 issue)
Watch out for pirates
Just wanted to take the time to point out that there are legal operations that rent boats and operate charters from dock locations in the Dana Point Harbor. I own and operate Harbor Boat Rentals and OHANA Sportfishing Dana Point (six-pack charters) in Dana Point Harbor. We are licensed and insured to legally rent and operate six passenger charters through Mariners Yachts. While I agree that illegal charters should be handled accordingly, I disagree with the viewpoint that anyone operating without a location or from a dock is “rogue” or illegal. Be sure to ask questions about insurance and captains and operators having the proper licensing, and your next rental/ charter will hopefully be safer and much less “rogue.” And by all means ask us who the “rogue” operators are and we will tell you. It is a small, tight-knit community and we all know who is on the up and up and who are pirates.
Re: The Rise of San Pedro Public Market: Residents Bid Adieu to Ports O’ Call Village (Feb. 9-22 issue)
Good riddance to Ports O’ Call
Some anecdotal information: All my neighbors and friends in San Pedro are looking forward to the new San Pedro Public Market. Not one of them will miss Ports O’ Call. Every time I went down there, it was a sad, depressed, run-down place. The silent majority of San Pedro is saying good riddance to Ports O’ Call.
Anticipated infrastructure development
Glad to see the project move forward. It is a much anticipated infrastructure development. On a broader scale, I think most Americans are realizing how old our infrastructure has been. So, I kind of agree [with Dan’s statement] that “All my neighbors and friends in San Pedro are looking forward to the new San Pedro Public Market. Not one of them will miss Ports O’ Call. Every time I went down there, it was a sad, depressed, run-down place.”
Re: When things go wrong at the marina (Jan. 26-Feb. 8 issue)
Helpful reminder of respecting harbor rules
As a Marina Manager, I loved this article! Obviously, if a safety issue needs to be addressed, or a boater needs to be reminded/informed of marina or harbor rules, we want to know ASAP. I think most boaters are very conscious of their neighbors, though we have few squabbles here and there. We simply remind those boaters that all want to come to relax on the water, and to treat other boaters with respect.
Re: Popular dine-novel author’s writing led to bison arrival on Catalina (Feb. 9-22 issue)
Correction by Catalina Island Conservancy
Please note that it is the Catalina Island Conservancy – not the Catalina Conservancy – and that there was not a concern about a lack of food for the bison but a concern about the impact the herd has on the Island’s resources that led to the use of contraceptives.