June 28, 2006
$3.5 Million in Loans Approved for Boating Facilities in Oxnard and San Francisco
VENTURA -- At a meeting in Ventura Tuesday, the Boating and Waterways Commission approved $3.5 million in loans for boating infrastructure improvements and elected new officers.
The Commission elected H.P. “Sandy” Purdon, of San Diego, to the post of Chairman. Purdon was initially appointed to the Boating and Waterways Commission by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004. He was appointed to another four-year term in April. He is the president of H.P. Purdon & Company, Inc., a management firm handling San Diego tidelands marinas, and a general partner of the Shelter Cove Marina, Ltd.
Lenora Clark, a retired United States Postal Service executive from Discovery Bay, was elected Vice Chairman. She is a member of the Ebony Boat Club where she coordinates boating activities for inner-city youth. Since 2001 she has served on the Board of Director’s for Recreational Boaters of California. Clark was appointed to the Commission by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004.
The Commission approved the following boating facility loans:
Ventura County — Oxnard Marinas
The Commission approved a phase one private loan of $1,125,000 to Oxnard Marinas Ltd., to improve the Peninsula and Bahia Marinas in Channel Islands Harbor. This is the first of six proposed separate loans to fund improvements to marina berths, utilities, gangways, security gates, the harbormaster building restroom and to construct a small dinghy dock.
San Francisco — Pier 38
The Commission approved a private loan of $2,375,000 to construct a fuel dock and additional floating docks for transient boaters at the Pier 38 Maritime Recreation Center in San Francisco. This loan is paired with a $1,500,000 grant the Pier 38 Recreation Center has been awarded from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant program.
Also during the meeting, the Commission approved an extension for existing loan agreements with the City of Martinez for the Martinez Marina.
The one-day meeting included a field trip to view the proposed boating facility project at Oxnard Marinas, a presentation on environmental issues such as the “Clean Marinas California” program, and an update on state and federal programs related to copper-based anti fouling paint and invasive species.
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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