Santa Cruz Port District
Newsletter - June 2019
Entrance Dredging
An extension of the 2018-19 dredge season was authorized through Friday, June 7, 2019. Crews continue to make progress and are working to deepen the federal entrance channel to design depth, which is 20’ with a 2’ over depth. For the remainder of the season, the crew will work south, concentrating on the center to west channel and areas outside the jaws.
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06/01/19 2:00am - 06/01/19 3:30pm

Boating Safety Tips for Fourth of July
High-Boating Traffic Weekend
The Fourth of July holiday is the highest-boating traffic weekend of the summer. When transiting the Santa Cruz Harbor entrance always check the latest sounding, know what your vessel draws, and check weather and tidal conditions. Remember that bathymetric surveys are adjusted to mean lower low water. Be Courteous. Give hand paddled craft ample room and keep your vessel's wake low.
by National Safe Boating Council

  • Wear a life jacket. Make sure everyone is wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. New innovative styles provide mobility and flexibility during water activities.

  • Check equipment. Schedule a free vessel safety check with the Coast Guard Auxiliary or Harbor Patrol to make sure you have all the essential equipment.

  • Make a float plan. Let family and friends know where you’re going and when you will return.

  • Use an engine cutoff device. An engine cutoff device is a proven safety device to stop the boat’s engine should the operator unexpectedly fall overboard.

  • Watch the weather. Always check the forecast before departing on the water and frequently during your excursion.

  • Know what’s going on around you at all times. Nearly a quarter of all reported boating accidents in 2016 were caused by operator inattention or improper lookout.

  • Know where you’re going and travel at safe speeds. Familiarize yourself with local boating speed zones and always travel at a safe speed.

  • Never boat under the influence. A BUI is involved in one-third of all recreational boating fatalities.

  • Keep in touch. Cell phones, satellite phones, EPIRB or personal locator beacon, and VHF radios can all be important devices in an emergency.

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