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December 18, 2007

$7.5 Million in Grants and Loans for Boating Facilities Approved
Commission Officers Elected


SACRAMENTO—At its December meeting, the California Boating and Waterways Commission approved $7.5 million in boat facility improvement grants and loans and elected two new officers.

Warren E. Rupf, of Martinez, was elected as the Chairman and Douglas W. Metz, of Coronado, was elected Vice Chairman for 2008.

Rupf was initially appointed to the commission by Gov. Pete Wilson to serve a four-year term from 1997-2001.  He was re-appointed to two subsequent four-year terms by Gov. Gray Davis in 2001 and by Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2006.  Rupf currently serves as the Sheriff for Contra Costa County and is responsible for an urban law enforcement agency of more than 1,200 employees and a budget of $170 million.

Metz was appointed to the commission by Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2006. He currently serves as president of Metz & Associates and as senior counsel to The King Law Group providing professional and general management consulting services to businesses and non-profit organizations.

The grants and loans awarded by the commission will go toward three Southern California boat launch and small harbor improvement projects. A description of each project is attached.

Grants and loans require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission. Loan applications are submitted to the California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) and funding for approved projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of vessel gasoline and the repayment of principal and interest on department-made loans.

The department may provide grant funds to a county, city, district or other public agency for the construction and development of small craft boating launching facilities and loan funds to local agencies for the construction of small craft harbors. 

Grant applicants must complete an application and submit it by April 1 of each calendar year. 


Attached: Loan recipients


Loan recipients

Oxnard Marinas — Ventura County
The commission approved a recreational marina loan of $2,287,000 to the Oxnard Marinas, a Limited Partnership (Oxnard Marinas) for improvements to the Peninsula and Bahia Marinas. The total project cost is expected to be $12,131,000. Loan funds will be used to make improvements to marina berths, utilities, gangways, security gates, and the harbormaster/restroom building, plus construction of two small dinghy docks.  The commission previously approved $1,755,000 in loans to the Oxnard Marinas in fiscal years 2005/06 and 2006/07.

Channel Islands — Ventura County
The commission approved a phase-one grant of $430,000 to the County of Ventura for improvements to the Channel Islands Harbor Boat Launching Facility. The total project cost is expected to be $4,940,000. The proposed project entails demolition of the existing six-lane boat launch ramp and construction of a new six-lane ramp, construction of a turnaround and ready lanes, installation of three new boarding floats, slope protection, reconfiguration/repaving of the south parking area, sidewalks and curbs, storm drainage, demolition of the existing restroom and construction of a new restroom, utilities, lighting, a boat wash down area and a project credit sign.  The existing boat launch facility was funded by DBW and constructed in 1977.  Since then, the commission has consented to the county two grants totaling $680,000 for improvements to boat launching facilities and loans totaling $11,840,000 for construction within the harbor.

Dana Point Harbor Marina— Orange County

The commission approved 4.8 million for the final phase of the first of four marina loans anticipated for the Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Project. This loan covers the demolition and reconstruction of 240 berths in the East Marina, demolition and reconstruction of 500 berths in the West Marina, installation of gangways in both marinas, replacement of dock utilities, fortification of the bulkhead, installation of temporary berths and a project credit sign.  Previously, the commission consented to loans for the construction of the Dana Point Harbor totaling $25,200,000.