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November 8, 2005

Nearly $6 Million Considered for Boating Facilities

MONTEREY -- Nearly $6 million in grants and loans for boating facilities will be considered by the California Boating and Waterways Commission on November 17 and 18. During the two-day meeting in Monterey , the Commission will evaluate and vote on $5,994,400 in Department of Boating and Waterways recreational boating facility loans and grants. Both sessions are open to the public and will take place at the Hyatt Regency Monterey , Windjammer Room, 1 Old Golf Course Road , Monterey .

On Thurs. Nov. 17, Bill Douros, who is Superintendent of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, will discuss upcoming sanctuary management regulations related to invasive species, abandoned watercraft, personal watercraft, and ?shery issues for coastal sanctuaries in California .

The second session, during which commissioners will vote on proposed loans and grants, convenes Fri., Nov. 18 at 8:30 a.m. Projects being considered are:

San Francisco County - San Francisco Marina West Harbor

The commission will consider a loan of $3,700,000 in phase two funding on a $16,500,000 project to improve the West Harbor at the San Francisco Marina. The loan covers demolishing and constructing berths, upgrading dock utilities, installing barrier-free access gangways with security gates, constructing a new breakwater and revetment, removing mole, dredging, and improving buildings.

San Mateo County - Port of Redwood City Boat Launching Facility

The commission will consider a grant of $1,080,400 to the Port of Redwood City to make improvements to the Redwood City Boat Launching Facility. The project entails removing and replacing the boat launching ramp, installing a boarding float, constructing a retaining wall, adding slope protection, constructing a concrete turnaround and ready-lane, relocating utilities, adding walkways, curbs and storm drainage, renovating a restroom, adding lighting, and installing a pay station, information kiosk and signage.

Sacramento County - Broderick Boat Launching Facility

The commission will consider a grant of $653,000 to improve the Broderick Boat Launching Facility in West Sacramento. The project includes widening the existing boat ramp, installing anchoring systems and a new boarding float, installing lighting and security gates, constructing a fish cleaning station, upgrading the sewer system, installing backflow device cages, constructing shade gazebos and a trash/recycling area, and adding picnic tables, barbeques, a drinking fountain and a project sign.

Sutter County - Live Oak Riverfront Park Boat Launching Facility

The commission will consider a grant of $561,000 for the first phase of a $1,118,000 project to improve the Live Oak Riverfront Park Boat Launching Facility on the Feather River near the city of Live Oak . The proposed project includes replacing a single-lane boat launching ramp with a new two-lane boat launching ramp, installing a boarding float, rock slope protection and a project sign.

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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