May 29, 2003

Boating and Waterways Commission Sets New Meeting to Vote on $3,515,000 in Boating Facility Projects

At a meeting today in Sacramento, the California Boating and Waterways Commission was unable to summon a quorum, required in order to vote on three loan projects and one grant project proposed by the Department of Boating and Waterways for improvements to boating facilities around the state. The project vote is now tentatively scheduled to take place at a public meeting on June 9, at the Department of Boating and Waterways, 2000 Evergreen Street, Suite 100, in Sacramento.

During today's meeting, Department of Boating and Waterways Director Raynor Tsuneyoshi conducted a presentation of awards.

The Officer of the Year award was presented to G. Scott Miller, who has been an active peace officer with the Ventura Harbor Patrol for the past twenty years. He is also active in the California Boating Safety Officers Association, having served as the organization's Vice President and President in the past. He was also honored for his boating safety educational outreach work and as editor of CBSOA's The Beacon newsletter.

The National Water Safety Congress Award was presented to two Californians, Cindi Dulgar and Phil Smith. Cindi Dulgar is Operations Manager and Youth Programs Director at the California State University at Sacramento's Aquatic Center at Lake Natomas. Cindi was honored for her 10 years of instruction at the center, her use of the Department of Boating and Waterways' AquaSMART materials in the center's aquatic safety programs for children, and her assistance with various outreach programs and projects of the department.

Phil Smith, Area Ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, received a National Water Safety Congress Award for his efforts to decrease the incidence of drowning deaths at lakes in his jurisdiction through partnering with the Department of Boating and Waterways to distribute safety educational materials to lake visitors and to provide for the local airing of both English- and Spanish-language aquatic safety television PSA's. His efforts resulted in a decrease in fatalities at local Corps lakes last year.

Two Boating and Waterways Education Unit staff members received National Boating Educational Advancement Awards. Gloria Sandoval received a First Place award for overseeing the development of Spanish-language editions of Department of Boating and Waterways boating safety brochures. In an effort to reach the increasing population of Hispanic Californians with aquatic safety information, she had a number of the Department's most popular publications translated into Spanish, including brochures on life jackets, hunting and fishing, personal watercraft, and AquaSMART program materials.

Gloria shared a second First Place award with Phaedra Bota for the 10th annual Safe and Wise Water Ways Poster Contest. The contest was designed to teach aquatic safety lessons to California students in grades K-8, who are then invited to enter artwork based on the lessons in the contest. The winning entries are featured on a poster-style calendar distributed by the Department.

Jana Clarke received First Place in the International Water Safety Summit's 2003 Media Contest for the Department of Boating and Waterways' outdoor billboards, posters, and bumper stickers. As part of the Department's statewide outdoor campaign for safety, safety signs are placed at the state's top waterways for boating accidents, reminding boaters to Boat Smart! and to go to the Department's Website for more information.

Two instructors with the Department's POST-certified classes for boating law enforcement officers were honored:

Jim Mraz is retiring as an instructor having taught the Department's Basic Boating Safety and Enforcement class for the last 18 years. His 30 years of law enforcement experience provided great leadership to the hundreds of marine patrol officers he came in contact with while specializing in the areas of Noise Enforcement, Boating Intoxication Enforcement, and Operational Law.

Wes Dodd is reducing his class load after 11 years teaching Basic Boating Safety and Enforcement for Vessel Registration, Vessel Theft, Vessel Accident Investigation, and Operational Law. He remains as the lead instructor for the Vessel Accident Investigation and Reconstruction class.

The held-over boating facility projects are:

Contra Costa County - Orwood Resort Marina

Orwood Resort, Inc., has applied to the Department of Boating and Waterways for a $1,071,000 loan for improvements to the Orwood Resort Marina, located in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta near Brentwood.

The proposed project includes the construction of 153 dry storage units for boats, grading and paving of the site, utilities, a fire suppression/security system, and storm drainage.

Monterey County - Breakwater Cove Marina

Monterey Bay Boatworks Co. Ltd., has applied to the Department for a loan of $265,000 for a project to reconfigure the Breakwater Cove Marina fueling dock. The project will provide safer egress and ingress for larger craft as well as a safe maneuvering area for craft using the adjacent boat launching ramp.

San Diego County - Sun Harbor Marina

Sun Harbor Marina has applied to the Department for a first-phase loan of $1,875,000 for a proposed $3,165,000 project to improve the marina, located in northwestern San Diego Bay in San Diego.

The proposed project will include the construction of new berths, a marina building, a promenade, and storage lockers; repaving the parking area; repairing a seawall; and adding landscaping.

Santa Clara County - Alviso Marina County Park Boat Launching Facility

The County of Santa Clara has applied to the Department of Boating and Waterways for a first-phase grant of $304,000 for a $2,208,000 project to improve the Alviso Marina County Park Boat Launching Facility.

The proposed project will include dredging of the new boat launching ramp basin; construction of a new two-lane concrete boat launching ramp and boarding float, a new parking area, an access road, surface drainage, and slope protection; and extension of electrical power lines to the parking area; installation of security lighting for the ramp and parking area; and wetland mitigation and monitoring.

Department loans and grants require the consent of the Boating and Waterways commission. The seven-member commission, appointed by the Governor, also advises the Department on matters within its jurisdiction. Funding for the projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of gasoline for their vessels.