Harbor News & Updates

September 2022

Tsunami Recovery Update

I-Dock Restroom & Showers

As a result of the January 15, 2022, tsunami, the I-Dock restroom and shower facility was one of six facilities in the north harbor that sustained prolonged water inundation and was significantly damaged.

To facilitate repairs, the Port District developed preliminary design concepts for the project, which were reviewed by the Port Commission at the regular public session of August 23, 2022. 

To achieve ADA compliance within the existing footprint of the building, the new design will incorporate two single-user facilities, each equipped with shower and toilet accommodations. Electronic key permissions will still be required to access the facility.

Construction is anticipated to commence once all required permits are in place.

CSDA Legislative Tour

On September 13, 2022, as part of a Capitol Staff Tour organized by the California Special District Association (CSDA), approximately 35 Capitol staffers, including legislative aides, legislative directors, chiefs of staff, and committee consultants, got to tour the harbor and learn about the Port District's dredging operations, tsunami recovery efforts, marine search, and rescue program, and commercial fishery activities.  

Security Camera Upgrades

As part of the Port District's mission to improve security throughout the harbor, seven new security cameras have been installed.

Installation of the additional security cameras was identified as a funding priority in the District's FY23 budget for capital improvement projects.

The District now has a total of 23 cameras throughout the harbor. The new cameras provide upgraded features including enhanced resolution and low-light capability.

Cookies for Courage  

On Friday, September 9, 2022, Holy Cross School held their 20th annual Cookies for Courage event to honor local first responders and commemorate the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.

Deputy Harbormaster Peter Melrose, a Holy Cross School alumni, was honored alongside several other Santa Cruz County emergency responders during this year's event.

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2022-23 Dredging Operations

Pending issuance of a new, 10-year dredge permit from the Army Corps of Engineers, north harbor dredging is anticipated to begin in October 2022.

Slip licensees will be notified if their vessel is in an affected area and needs to be temporarily relocated.

Entrance dredging is anticipated to start in early-November. Once Twin Lakes is deployed to the entrance, and all equipment is mobilized, entrance dredging operations will continue through April 2023.

The typical dredge schedule is Monday - Thursday, with maintenance performed on Fridays. Boaters are advised to proceed with caution in areas of the harbor with dredge equipment and pay special attention to all safety notifications. For additional information about dredging operations, please click here.

7th Annual

Classic Car Show


Join us for the 7th Annual Classic Car & Truck Show at Santa Cruz Harbor. Come enjoy an afternoon of festivities and classic cars!

Vintage cars and trucks will be on display from 9 AM to 2 PM on Sunday, October 9, 2022, on the harbor's west side (near Mariner Park Lawn).

There are still a few spaces left to register your classic car, truck, or motorcycle to be in this year’s show! “Day-of” registration is not available for this event, register here.

Please be reminded that parking availability within the Santa Cruz Harbor is limited. Check out the harbor’s parking options.

Port Commission Meeting

Please join us tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27, 2022, at 7:00 pm in person, by computer, or by telephone for the regular monthly Commission meeting.

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Meeting ID: 814 4776 6223

Passcode: 95062

Fueling Pollution Prevention

The Santa Cruz Port District can accept antifreeze, batteries, oil filters, and waste oil at any of the following four waste oil stations located throughout the harbor:

  • Southeast harbor: S-dock
  • Northeast harbor: X-dock
  • Southwest harbor: FF-dock
  • Northwest harbor: G-dock

No other products or wastes should be left at these facilities. Click here for guideline and instructions on hazardous waste disposal.

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