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April 25, 2008

$11.535 Million in Grants and Loans for Boating Facilities Approved

SACRAMENTO -The California Boating and Waterways Commission has approved $11.535 million in boating facility improvement grants and loans. The grants and loans awarded by the commission today will go toward five boat launching facilities and small craft harbor improvement projects. The grant and loan recipients are:

Buckhorn Boat Launch Facility, Black Butte Lake -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
The commission approved USACE request to combine funds from previously approved funding for the Eagle Pass and Buckhorn boat launching facilities to complete the Buckhorn boat launching facility (BLF). The Buckhorn BLF is the primary facility on Black Butte Lake, located in Tehama and Glenn counties. The project is anticipated to cost $1.8 million.

Ventura Harbor - Ventura County
The commission approved a phase-one grant of $450,000 to the Ventura Port District for improvements to the Ventura Harbor BLF. The project will demolish and redesign the existing concrete ramp, add an accessible boarding float and stabilize the shoreline. The total project cost is $4.5 million. Previously, the commission consented to grants totaling $1,089,000 for improvements at this location.

Santa Barbara Marina- Santa Barbara County
The commission approved a phase-one loan of $720,000 to the City of Santa Barbara Waterfront Department to fund improvements to Marina One in the Santa Barbara Harbor. The total project cost is $6,700,000. Replacement of Marina One is needed due to the deteriorating condition and age of the dock system, which is over 30 years old. The commission previously consented to loans totaling $7,291,000 for improvements to Marina One between 1961 and 1985. The loans have been paid in full.

Santa Cruz Harbor - Santa Cruz County
The commission approved the initial loan funding of $1,365,000 to the Santa Cruz Port District for improvements and rehabilitation to the berthing facilities in the North Harbor of Santa Cruz Harbor. The district with its own forces has rebuilt 81 berths to date, but program funding is too slow and the docks are deteriorating faster than the district has dollars and the crew to replace them. The total project cost is $9.2 million. The commission previously consented to loans totaling $15,654,000 for improvements to the North Harbor between 1961 and 2001. The first four loans, totaling $6.2 million, haven been paid in full. The district is current on all other loans.

Dana Point Harbor Marina - Orange County
The commission approved a second phase loan of $9,000,000 to the County of Orange for improvements to the Dana Point Harbor Marina as part of a larger Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Project. The total project cost is $15,000,000. This loan covers the demolition and reconstruction of berths in the West Marina, installation of gangways, replacement of dock utilities, repairs to the bulkhead, and installation of gates, fencing, a security system and parking area improvements. The commission previously consented to loans totaling $15,500,000 to the County of Orange for the construction of and/or improvements to the Dana Point Harbor Marina.

Grant and loan applications are submitted to the California Department of Boating and Waterways 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 grants to a county, city, district or other public agency for the construction and development of small craft boat launching facilities and loans to local agencies for the construction of small craft harbors. These grants and loans require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission.

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