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November 22, 2005

Nearly $6 Million Approved for Boating Facilities

MONTEREY -- At a meeting in Monterey Thursday and Friday, the Boating and Waterways Commission approved nearly $6 million in grants and loans for boating infrastructure improvements.

The two-day meeting began Thursday with a presentation by William Douros , Superintendent of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Douros discussed the mission of the federal marine sanctuaries and upcoming sanctuary management regulations related to invasive species, abandoned watercraft, personal watercraft, and other issues for the coastal sanctuaries in California .

"Mr. Douros' in-depth presentation included questions from the commission and members of the public," said Department of Boating and Waterways Director Raynor Tsuneyoshi. "It was a good flow of information between NOAA and the boating community with representatives from many different stakeholders including, personal watercraft users, harbormasters, law enforcement, surfers, fishing groups and others all weighing in on the upcoming sanctuary management policies."

During Friday's session, the commission voted on proposed loans and grants. The approved projects are:

San Francisco County - San Francisco Marina West Harbor

The commission approved a phase two loan of $3,700,000 to the City of San Francisco for 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 approved a grant of $1,080,400 to the Port of Redwood City to improve 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 approved a grant of $653,000 to the City of West Sacramento 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 approved a grant of $561,000 to Sutter County 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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