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$768,000 in Grants and Loans for Boating Facilities Approved

Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

February 27, 2009

SACRAMENTO - The California Boating and Waterways Commission (Commission) today approved $768,000 in boating facility improvement grants and loans.

Sunbeam Lake Boating Launching Facility, City of Seeley -- Imperial County
The Commission approved a $130,000 grant to Imperial County to identify the appropriate scope, estimated project construction costs and complete plans and specifications for the Sunbeam Lake Boat Launching Facility.

Tahoe Vista Boat Launching Facility, Lake Tahoe - Placer County
The Commission approved a $300,000 grant to the North Tahoe Public Utility District for engineering, permitting and planning of 24 pull-through vehicle and trailer parking spaces to support the boat launch completed in 2006 at the Tahoe Vista Boat Launching Facility.

Martinez Marina, City of Martinez - Contra Costa County
The Commission approved a loan in the amount of $338,000 to the City of Martinez for breakwater repair of the Martinez Marina Waterside Improvement Project.

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 provides grants to a county, city, district or other public agency for the construction of small craft boating 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.