Welcome 2022!

Happy New Year everyone! Regardless of what is happening around us, I’m hopeful and looking forward to the next chapter in our journey. Hopeful that by the end of spring, we will have permits and plans in place to solicit bids for the first of several new boat owner restrooms. That we will be able to secure the fiber optic material needed to complete the installation of security cameras at Shoreline Marina. Ready to see the results of refurbishing Shoreline Marina parking lots. Eager to review design options for gates at Rainbow Marina and new customer counters at Alamitos Bay Marina. And finally, working with the Boat Owner Association and City Attorney’s Office on an updated slip rental agreement. This is just the beginning of improvements that staff has planned for the coming years.

On behalf of the Long Beach Marinas staff, Thank you. Thank you for all your gifts of home baked treats, See’s Candy, snacks, fruit, cheese, popcorn, and other delicious treats. These gifts filled our days with joy, and we are humbled by your generosity.

Until Next Time,
Elvira Hallinan
Manager, Marinas and Beaches
Marina Offices are open and accepting new vessel permit applications. To keep you and our staff safe from COVID-19 we are continuing window service at ABM and Shoreline offices. Note – Many requests can be readily handled by phone or email.

Visit Your Vessel – Winter weather is here. Rainfall in recent weeks may be pooling in your vessel. Come and make sure your bilge pump is functioning properly. Check your tender for water and pump out if necessary. Then tighten down your canvas and address any aged or slack mooring lines. Attach an additional spring line to account for high winds. We also recommend you make routine visits to your vessel a habit to avoid becoming an easy target for opportunistic criminal activity.

Unauthorized commercial activity is ILLEGAL IN LONG BEACH – Please do not engage in unauthorized commercial activity at, on or near Long Beach Marinas property. Violators can and will be cited and punished to the full extent of applicable law. Reminder – Unauthorized Commercial activity will put your slip permit in jeopardy of cancellation.
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Inclement weather in late December saw a number of vessels grounded ashore along our Long Beach oceanfront. Several small tenders washed into the beach and were retrieved by owners or removed for disposal by City of Long Beach - Beach Maintenance personnel. Two larger vessels, the 75-foot Newport Princess and a 45-foot cabin cruiser, also came aground but their wooden superstructures were no match for the gale force winds and pounding surf that pulled them apart.

Debris from these two vessels littered the oceanfront stretching from Alamitos Beach, past Junipero Beach and towards the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier. A total distance of approximately 2 miles. Beach Maintenance staff have been working diligently since Christmas Eve to collect, pile and remove the vessel debris. Two large sections of the Newport Princess and the hull of the cabin cruiser grounded in the surfline sand too far from shore for City equipment to reach. A maritime salvage company is working with the City to extricate these larger sections of wreckage from the surfline and move them further ashore for demolition and disposal.

Most importantly, the Marine Bureau has been working in partnership with the United States Coast Guard and the State of California Department of Fish & Wildlife throughout our incident response to mitigate adverse environmental impact on our beachfront ecosystem.

The commonality of all the vessels that came aground was the unseaworthiness and or mooring condition of each leading up to the storm weather event. The Marine Bureau recommends all our boatowners and permittees regularly visit their vessels and maintain them to a seaworthiness standard. Make sure to moor your vessel in slip securely with proper lines. When at anchor – deploy the proper anchor equipment with care and precision to attain a strong anchor set that can withstand changing sea and wind conditions.
“Winter Magic” was the theme for Shoreline Yacht Club’s 39th annual boat parade. Thirty-two boats registered for the yearly on water parade. Decorative light and holiday music emanated from the participating vessels as they followed the parade route through our Downtown marina area. A panel of judges were on hand to declare winners and bestow awards for Best Animation, Best Music, Best Use of Theme, Best Power Boat, Best Sailboat, Commodore’s Award, and Honorable Mention. Prizes for each winner were graciously provided by Shoreline Village Management and numerous businesses in the Village.

It takes a tremendous effort, and a dedicated club, to produce the holiday magic that a boat parade can bring. Shoreline Yacht Club members are always ready to volunteer in support of this successful event and so many other events throughout the year. The club’s tag line, “The Friendly Yacht Club”, is hard-earned and well deserved. SYCLB is an active club with events for everyone and dedicated members ready to help and participate. For more information about SYCLB log onto their website https://syclb.clubexpress.com or stop by the club and take a tour.
We would like to welcome back a familiar face to our Marine Patrol Detail, Officer Kimberly Krpan. Officer Krpan began her law enforcement career as a cadet with the Newport Beach Police Department where she also served as a records clerk and jail matron. Officer Krpan came to work for Long Beach in 2008 where she spent some time working the East Division front desk before transitioning over to the Marine Patrol Detail. She served the Marinas for 9 years as an officer answering calls for service, trained new officers as a Field Training Officer, and was qualified as an Arrest and Control instructor.

Officer Krpan left the detail to further her career as a Detention Officer in 2017. She successfully completed the LASD Adult Corrections academy in May of 2018 and quickly became a Jail Training Officer. She also served as a Court Bailiff and Jail Transport Officer. Ultimately, Officer Krpan missed the smell of the ocean and her interactions with our boatowners and marina patrons. She returned to us on November 6th. Her return adds an additional layer of caring and customer service to the detail. Be sure to say or wave hello when you see her out and about!

Patrol News - During the month of November, Marine Patrol officers were dispatched to 162 calls for service and assisted other officers on calls over 220 times. They initiated over 2,500 targeted patrols which include directed patrols of a specific area, dock-walks, and field investigations. Officers also took enforcement action and assisted LBPD on 13 instances where an arrest was made with 4 of those resulting in felony charges. Additionally, we have been fielding an extra unit on Sundays over the past several months to address parking issues related to the 2nd & Marina Farmer’s Market. We hope this enforcement will deter unauthorized persons from occupying parking spaces designated for boat owners. Our officers wrote 12 citations during the month of October and 18 citations in November with numerous other patrons being advised before enforcement action was necessary.