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Contact: June Iljana
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August 26, 2005

Nearly $12 Million Approved for Boating Facilities

At a meeting in Long Beach Friday, the California Boating and Waterways Commission approved $11,925,000 in Department of Boating and Waterways loans and grants for boating infrastructure improvements. The approved projects are:

Orange County – Dana Point Harbor Marinas

The commission approved a loan of $3,700,000 in phase two funding on a $15,000,000 loan to improve the East and West Marinas at Dana Point Harbor. The project includes demolishing and reconstructing 240 berths in the East Marina and 500 berths in the West Marina, installing gangways in both marinas, fortifying the bulkhead, replacing dock utilities, reconfiguring a parking area, and remodeling and expanding the harbormaster/public restroom building.

Los Angeles County – Long Beach Downtown Marina

The commission approved a loan of $8,125,000 as the final phase of funding for a $31,718,000 project to improve the Long Beach Shoreline Marina and the Rainbow Marina, collectively known as the Downtown Marinas. This includes replacing dock utilities and pile, and widening or replacing gangways and docks for barrier-free access.

Los Angeles County – Bonelli Park Boat Launching Facility

The commission approved a grant of $100,000 in phase one funding on a $1,303,500 making improvements to the Frank G. Bonelli Regional County Park Boat Launch Facility. The facility is located on Puddingstone Lake in the San Gabriel Valley. This entails extending a pair of two-lane powerboat launch ramps, installing two boarding floats, and adding a new parking area, restrooms, utilities and signage.

Department loans and grants require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission, appointed by the governor. Funding for the projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of gasoline for their vessels and from the repayment of loan principal and interest.

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