Santa Cruz Port District
Newsletter - July 2019

On June 12, 2019, the Port District ceremonially "broke sand" to mark the beginning of construction of the Aldo's Seawall Replacement Project. The ceremony marked the culmination of a three-year long collaborative effort between the Port District and Aldo's Restaurant, and was also a celebration of Granite’s involvement in renewal of this important infrastructure. Granite Construction was the original contractor for the Santa Cruz south harbor basin which was completed in April 1964, and originally constructed this seawall, the jetties and berthing areas.

The seawall replacement, which was designed by Mesiti-Miller Engineering, is estimated to cost $2.4 million. The construction window for the seawall is June 15, 2019, to November 30, 2019. Work to demolish the existing restaurant building is anticipated to start in the coming weeks, and will be followed by seawall replacement which will involve driving coated sheet pile seawalls in front of the existing structure. Construction updates will be posted on the Port District website, as they become available.

While seawall construction is underway, the Port District Commission, harbor staff and Aldo’s proprietor Mauro Olivieri will continue to collaborate on a new lease, design, and permitting for future reconstruction of the restaurant building.
Left to right: Vice-chairman Stephen Reed, Facilities Maintenance Engineering Manager Matt Kerkes, Port Director Marian Olin, Commissioner Toby Goddard, Granite Construction Project Manager Brian Hussar

Dredge operations ended for the season on June 7, 2019, following two extensions authorized by regulators. Demobilization, planning, and preparation for off-season maintenance tasks are currently underway. Mariners are advised that some areas outlying Santa Cruz Harbor, and shoulder areas along the east and west jetties of the marked federal entrance channel, may be shallow. Mariners transiting the entrance channel are advised to continue to use caution and be aware of shallow conditions, especially during low tides and large surf. All boaters are advised to check the most recent entrance sounding prior to transit. Boaters with deeper draft vessels are advised to be especially vigilant, particularly at lower tides and when operating along the east/west margins of the channel.
Pictured above, some of the dredge crew staff planning for off-season operations. Left to right: Josh Wagoner, Jason Laine, Steven Tandoi, Chris Sengezer.
48 spaces of kayak rack storage on J-Dock are coming soon! Port District maintenance staff recently completed construction of a new kayak storage facility at J-Dock. Staff will begin assigning spaces soon. 

For more information, please contact the Harbomaster’s office at (831) 475-6161. 

The Santa Cruz Harbor is now on the Pumpout Nav app! The Port District met with Environmental Planners, Liz Juvera and Natasha Dunn, from the San Francisco Estuary Partnership to review the Clean Vessel Act Grant Program and discuss how the Santa Cruz Harbor can participate in keeping our waters clean by educating boaters on properly disposing boat sewage and finding the closest pumpout station.

For more information on the Clean Vessel Act Grant Program, click here.

Find the closest operational sewage Pumpout Station for your boat, learn how to use the pumpout to empty your holding tank, and report non-functional units thanks to this Pumpout Nav App! Download your version of the app below.
Sun, Oct 13, 2019 9:00 AM PST
6th Annual Santa Cruz Harbor Classic Car Show
Santa Cruz Harbor, Santa Cruz