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14 • August 15 - 28, 2014 • The Log

The Irvine Co. proposes updated plans for Balboa Marina

The Irvine Company presented plans to insert an additional 12 public slips and a public dock into the recreational boating area of Balboa Marina. The proj- ect, in its early phases of being presented to city officials, also calls for 24 additional private slips to added within the marina

involves a lot of consideration. You have different authorities that you have to work with.” The Irvine Company first proposed

a marina expansion and installation of a public dock to the Newport Beach Harbor Commission on Sept. 9, 2011, but excessive planning and studies have slowed the plan’s progress. Following a complete renovation of

By John W. Scafetta

NEWPORT BEACH — The Irvine Company, owners of the six-decade old Balboa Marina located across the chan- nel from Linda Isle, recently revealed updated plans to insert an additional 12 public slips and a public dock into

the recreational boating area. “This is a joint project between us and the city of Newport Beach,” said Michael Lyster, the Irvine Company vice president of communications. “The main goal of the project is to expand the public and private boat slips at the marina. Any project like this

Notice to Mariners: August update

CDIP/SCCOOS: NOAA’s latest forecast model predicts that we are approaching a weak to moder- ate El Niño year. The Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) is establishing the infrastructure for long-term, baseline observations. The SCCOOS funds underwater gliders measuring sea surface temperatures off- shore Dana Point. These observations strongly agree with the El Niño/ Southern Oscillation Diagnostic Discussion. The Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP) provides data on wave models

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U.S. Coast Guard: The San Diego Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy SD is missing from its charted posi- tion. The Coast Guard will attempt to recover it on Aug. 6-7 and deliver it to the Coast Guard buoy facility in San Francisco for repairs. The Coast Guard will set a temporary buoy on station until the permanent buoy is repaired and reset. The temporary buoy will not have a RACON or whistle sound signal. The Coast Guard has established an electronic Automatic Identification System

(AIS) aid to navigation marker at the buoy location. The AIS buoy symbol is dis- played on electronic navigation charts at position 32-37-20.192N, 117-14-45.128W. It can be viewed on NOAA’s on line chart viewer on NOAA charts 18740, 18765, and 18772. Office of Coast Survey Check the date for the latest editions of NOAA nautical charts. For example, the

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the marina back in 2009, the company added four community slips. But as the popularity of the public spaces grew, so did frustration among private slip hold- ers in the marina and residents of near- by Linda Isle. While the slips provided easier access to the area’s nearby attractions, residents complained of late-night disturbances and time- coded gate locks which often kept pub- lic boaters from returning to their boats at night. “Since then, we’ve gotten more clari-

ty,” Lyster said. Shortly thereafter, the slips, which

are currently located near Sol Cocina and 3-Thirty-3 Waterfront restaurants, were moved closer to the gangway and eventually gated off, according to Newport Beach Harbor Resources Manager Chris Miller. With an ultimate goal of employing the water area near where the former Reuben E. Lee river- boat restaurant once rested, the Irvine

Company plans to move the slips to the Westside of the marina. “Something like this is not a quick

project that can easily be done,” Miller said. “It takes on a life of its own, but it’s a rather slow life especially when you factor in the other components that one has to work with.” The project calls for 24 additional

private slips to be added within the marina, as well as the construction of a retail services building on facility grounds. Lyster said this will help meet the growing demand of the boaters in the harbor. A pedestrian walkway that runs on the landside of the marina and will extend along Coast Highway is also proposed. “The goal of this is that it connects to the public slips and provides a nice pedestrian walkway where folks can get out of their boats and walk to restau- rants in the area,” Lyster said. Since 2011, Miller said the city has

contributed $125,000 toward environ- mental work, which has included stud- ies on wave currents, water flow and traffic associated with the prospective project. According to Lyster, the Irvine Company has also partnered with the community to fine tune and outline the scope of the project. Company representatives presented

the restructured plan to the Harbor Commission during an Aug. 13 meet- ing, and officials are also scheduled to speak before the Newport Beach Planning Commission in September and the California Coastal Commission in early 2015. Miller added that representatives could submit a plan to the Coastal Commission prior to the end of the year. The Irvine Company did not pro- vide a cost associated with the project, though sources noted the venture will be privately funded.

Everard Ashworth Reappointed to Ventura Port District Board

VENTURA — The Ventura City Council has reappointed Everard Ashworth to a second term on the Ventura Port District Board of Port Commissioners. At its June 16 meet-

ing, the Ventura City Council appointed Ashworth, an environ- mental consultant, to serve a second term on the board, expiring June 30, 2018. “I am especially excited at the

ongoing work to make Ventura Harbor a premier destination on the West Coast.”

Ashworth is a principal Everard Ashworth

with Ashworth Leininger Group, an environmental consulting firm based in Camarillo that specializes in air-quality permitting and environmental manage- ment and consulting servic- es to a variety of public agencies, trade associations and private industries,

including marine operations. He is also an avid sailor, a member

prospect of expanding our Harbor’s commercial fisheries to include sus- tainable, premium commercial shell- fish operations, which will leverage our Harbor’s unique location, existing commercial operations and infrastruc- ture,” Ashworth said in a prepared statement. “This exciting opportunity will complement our Port District’s

of the Ventura Yacht Club and an active member of the Ventura Sail and Power Squadron. “Commissioner Ashworth under- stands the needs of recreational boat- ing and believes in fostering new com- mercial fisheries in the region,” said Oscar Peña, general manager for the Ventura Port District.

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