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California Receives $1.25 million in National Boating Infrastructure Grants

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

April 9, 2009

SACRAMENTO - The Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) today announced that California will receive $1.25 million in funding from the National Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program. Proposals from the cities of Redondo Beach and Avalon were among the 14 winning proposals for the BIG grant program, made available through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

"California is very fortunate to obtain these federal funds for needed transient boating facilities. The new facilities funded by the BIG program will help the economies of Redondo Beach and Avalon and will allow visiting boaters to recreate and enjoy their facilities," said DBW Director Raynor Tsuneyoshi. "California's boating population is predicted to increase two percent per year over the next 20 years and funds like these are needed for boating infrastructure to keep up with that pace."

Redondo Beach will receive $250,000 to add 50 transient mooring facilities at King Harbor. The city will match that fund to complete the project. The City of Avalon will receive $1 million in funding to provide a new fuel pier facility and expand the existing transient dingy dock by 50 feet to serve transient boaters at their harbor. More than $1.1 million will be provided by the city to match the BIG grant.

BIG is a competitive program open to both publicly- and privately-owned marinas with funding totaling more than $12.5 million. Eligible projects include installation or upgrades of visitor tie-up facilities for recreational boats 26-feet-long or longer, and renovation or construction of visitor docks, restrooms, gangways and dockside utility hookups.

DBW enhances public access to the waterways and promotes on-the-water safety through programs funded by vessel registration fees, boating fuel tax dollars and boating facility construction loan payments.