Catalina Island

New Fuel Dock Permitting Process Continues

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The City of Avalon has been facing a very challenging task to acquire the proper permitting from the Army Corp of Engineers (ACOE) and the California Coastal Commission (CCC) for the fuel
dock reconstruction. The fuel dock suffered significant damage to its pilings during the ocean surge and high tides caused by Hurricane Marie, August 26, 2014. This damage caused this season’s the closure of Casino Dock Cafe and not allowing the gas docks to be installed.  “It appeared that each time we saw some light at the end of the tunnel, we experienced another setback,” wrote City Manager Ben Harvey in his Friday Update, June 12. “When we felt we had satisfied the ACOE requirements, we were next informed that we had to produce additional studies of various natures. Then the log process of acquiring the CCC permit got stalled during the plan review, and clarifications had to be submitted to satisfy the agency’s engineers.”

Presently, the City now believes it has met all the permitting requirements of the two agencies and that the City’s permitting process may be considered for approval at the CCC monthly meeting
in August 2015.  If approval is received, it is anticipated that a public bid for the work will be advertised within a month thereafter.

Story and Photo credit: Karen Meadows