Greetings Mariners,

It is that time of year again, when I start the newsletter with these words, “I am proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.”

This Independence Day our annual fireworks shows have been cancelled, but that shouldn’t stop us from taking a moment to cherish the sacrifices made by our neighbors to protect and lift-up our communities. We’ve been through a lot as a nation since the issuance of the first health order in March. Our vocabulary includes new words and phrases such as self-iso- late, social distancing, flatten the curve, Zoom happy hour, community spread, blursday, zoombombing and quaranteams, to name a few.

As we celebrate our nation’s independence and enjoy our summer on the water, let’s remember that our first responders in the health and safety professions deserve recognition, gratitude and respect. Take time to thank your grocery store, take out, and delivery employees.

Throughout all the uncertainty, I’ve seen numerous HEROES use their superpowers to help the community. Whether your superpower is service to others, compassion, generosity, courage, kindness or spreading joy amid turmoil, these selfless actions need to be celebrated. Our boating community has shared stories of how people have come together to buy groceries for unemployed neighbors, others have picked up groceries and prescriptions for elderly friends/ strangers, mowed a lawn because it was needed, not because they were asked, donated money when none was com- ing in, kept an eye on a live-aboard, and communicated with those living alone, to curb loneliness. There are as many stories as there are Heroes in our community. Take a moment to celebrate yourselves and those heroes around us.

Speaking of community, please welcome the newest members of the Long Beach Marinas family, Natalya Lytwynec, the newest Shoreline Marina staff member and Susanne VanHorsen, who works out of at Alamitos Bay Marina. I look forward to the day when I can say, stop by and say hello. Our offices are undergoing some remodeling, in the hopes that we can re-open our doors.

Until next time,
Elvira Hallinan
Your Long Beach Marinas Manager
Marina Offices are now accepting new vessel permit applications. To protect you and our staff from COVID-19 please call the ABM and Shoreline offices to set up an appointment for any and all boating needs. Note – Many requests can now be handled by phone or email.

Beaches are now open. Our waterways remain open and are now accessible by Claremont, Davies, Granada, Marine Stadium and South Shore Launch Ramps. Practice appropriate physical-distancing and keep six-feet of distance between you and others while enjoying our beaches or launching your vessel at the ramps.

Let’s all do our part to keep our marinas clean. Please utilize the appropriate dumpsters for refuse from your vessel. Public trash cans dispersed throughout the marinas are for small items and have become inundated by large item boat owner trash.

While pets are considered part of the family they must remain on leash in all public areas. Several incidents involving pets have occurred in recent months. Pet owners violating Long Beach Municipal Code can and will be cited. Pets are also covered in our Long Beach Marinas Rules & Regulations under Section IV. General Regulations. Do not let your pet put your slip permit in jeopardy.

DID YOU KNOW – The month of July was named by the Roman Senate in honor of Roman general Julius Caesar, it being the month of his birth. Look to the sky - The Perseids, a major meteor shower, typically takes place between July 17 and August 24. The month of August ends on the same day of the week as November every year. 

On Friday, June 12 the City of Long Beach moved to amend the Safer At Home Health Order. With the amendment of the Order a number of business types and recreational amenities were allowed to re-open. The Belmont Veteran Memorial Pier was one such recreational amenity. A beacon of the Long Beach waterfront the pier has been closed to the public since the March 17 implementation of COVID-19 shelter in place orders.

Marine Bureau maintenance staff received confirmation of the pier re-opening the morning of Friday, June 12. Upon hearing the announcement Marine Maintenance Building Services staff mobilized to clean, sanitize and disinfect the pier in preparation for public use. 87 days had gone by since the pier had last been attended to. After three months of being shut down, the elements (salt air, wildlife, etc.) left the pier in need of some tender loving care.

Twenty minutes after receiving instruction to re-open the pier Marine Maintenance employees Elisa Viveros, Sammy Zapata, Anthony McGinest and Felipe Meza were hard at work, making the area clean, safe and ready for our residents and visitors.

The pier is now open and ready to accommodate you and the public for walking, running and fishing. As well as provide you with breathtaking ocean views at sunrise, sunset or throughout the day. Please remember to practice physical distancing and wear face coverings when unable to maintain 6-feet of distance from others. 
The Marine Bureau has added two new employees to our Long Beach Marinas family. Natalya Lytwynec, Marina Agent I joins us as a permanent full-time employee and Susanne VanHorsen, Marine Aide comes aboard as a seasonal part- time staff member.

Natalya will be working with our crew in the Downtown marinas out of the Shore- line Marina Office. She is a lifelong Long Beach resident having attended Bixby Elementary, Stanford Middle School and Wilson High School. Natalya has worked the past couple of years in the Newport Beach Harbor Department and prior to that was a Customer Representative at our local Alamitos Bay West Marine location. She is currently taking courses at Long Beach City College and looking towards a degree in Criminal Justice, Sociology and Psychology. In her spare time she enjoys roller-skating, trying new food and researching nutrition.
Susanne comes to us from a twenty-six-year career with Southern California Edison where she started in the field as a Meter Reader and Field Service Representative. She promoted quickly and spent much of her time with Edison in Administrative Office assignments. She also has a de- cade of experience in real estate with her time spent as a Realtor for Century 21. Susanne grew up in Bellflower and has been a Long Beach resident for over 30 years, having moved to our city circa 1990. She is a vegan, volunteers her free time to the Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach and has a propensity to rescue pugs in need. Susanne will be filling a Marine Aide roll in our Alamitos Bay Marina Office.

Also joining Natalya and Susanne this summer are several “guest” additions to our marina staff. This summer you may see Recreation Specialist Leaders - Ben Garza, Gilbert Sanchez, Leighton Williams, Simon Wiviott, and Isaac Zabukovec out on the docks and throughout our marina properties. If you see one of these individuals at our offices or out on the docks please join us in welcoming them to the Long Beach Marinas and our Marine Bureau team. 
In response to a drastic reduction of indoor-seating capacity at restaurants due to COVID-19 safety protocols, restauranteurs and municipalities are finding a unique way to maintain capacity and keep hungry diners physically distanced... Seating is moving to the streets. Across Long Beach restaurants, bistros and cafes are taking advantage of the City Council approved Open Streets Initiative.

Since the March 17 statewide implementation of shelter in place orders the restaurant business has been one of the hardest hit enterprises during this global pandemic. According to the National Restaurant Association two out of three restaurant employees have lost their jobs. The James Beard Foundation has reported restaurants, on average, laid off 91% of their hourly workforce and 70% of salaried employees due to COVID-19 related closures.

Long Beach dining businesses received much needed good news on Friday, June 12. The City Health Order had been amended to allow restaurants to provide dine-in service. A major caveat to reopening - indoor and outdoor in-per- son dining capacity is not to exceed 60% of maximum occupancy. The City of Long Beach has stepped up to help restaurant owners close that 40 percent capacity gap with the Open Streets Initiative. In doing so the City is helping many businesses avoid closing their doors for good.

The Marine Bureau, in accordance with the Open Streets Initiative, has partnered with San Pedro Fish Market Long Beach to create a temporary outdoor seating enclosure in the Basin 3 parking lot at Alamitos Bay. This temporary outdoor seating will be in place while COVID-19 safety protocols require restaurants to reduce their facility capacity. The enclosure is comprised of a K-rail barrier perimeter and bench seating with various tenting for shade and com- fort. Upon lessening or removal of COVID-19 restaurant capacity restrictions the temporary seating enclosure will be removed and the parking lot restored.

Twenty-four boatowner restricted parking spaces and one ADA Accessibility parking space have been displaced by the creation of this outdoor seating area. To offset the impact on boatowners, the Marine Bureau recouped twenty-eight boatowner restricted parking spaces nearby and relocated the ADA Accessibility parking stall to the other side of the ADA access ramp and stairs. 

Antonio Rios, Maintenance Assistant III within the Queensway Bay Division of the Marine Bureau is being recognized for his community action. He started his career with the City in 2005 and has worked for the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine since. During his time with the City, Antonio has worked in upland parks, recreation and marine and now for the past four years, he has called Queensway Bay maintenance his second home. Antonio’s co-workers can always count on him to assist them in absolutely anything that is asked. Words like “I can’t” or “I don’t know” are just not in his vocabulary. His job knowledge and exceptional work ethic makes a recipe for a true role model with his co-workers. Antonio continues to make great improvements in his area of responsibility. Whether he is removing graffiti or painting large areas and buildings, upgrading interior and exterior lighting projects, or replacing decking and rub-rail on the commercial docks, Antonio works hard to provide a high level of service for the area. He is truly setting the bar high and demonstrating the Marine Bureau Way.

In his spare time Antonio enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. His oldest daughter is a graduate of California State University, San Diego and currently working as a middle school teacher. His youngest daughter is attending California State University, Long Beach and focusing on earning a degree in Criminal Justice. During his time off, Antonio enjoys completing projects around the house and cooking a French toast breakfast every Sunday. 
Marine Safety Rescue Boat 126 is back patrolling the Long Beach Marinas after an extensive overhaul. The vessel came to service in the late 1980s and has logged thousands of operation hours keeping our marinas safe. It is the oldest vessel in Marine Safety’s fleet and the second vessel to receive refurbishment. 126 is the first to get the complete refurbishment treatment which included modern eco-conscious engines and water pumps as well as a new coat of paint. Throttle and water pump control components have also been upgraded to allow Rescue Boat Operators and Marine Safety Officers to respond even faster and more efficiently to emergency service calls.

Boat 126 and the rest of the Marine Safety fleet play a critical role in keeping the Long Beach Marinas clean, safe and healthy. Responding to vessel distress calls, fire suppression and enforcement of boating laws & regulations are just a few of the regular tasks that these boats and their crews see to morning, noon and night every day.

Recently, Rescue Boat 3 operations in Alamitos Bay worked quickly to protect water quality and the environment. Acting on a report from a concerned citizen the RB3, Rescue Boat Operator, Marine Safety Officer and Marine Safety Captain identified the sheen of diesel fuel on the surface of the water near Marina Pacifica. They proceeded to track the fuel spill to a nearby vessel and found an abundance of diesel in the boat’s bilge.

The proper environmental cleanup protocols were applied to contain and remove the fuel from the water. The Unit- ed States Coast Guard was then called in as the federal enforcement agency to investigate the spill and levy civil penalties and monetary fines if deemed appropriate. 
Long Beach Police........................... 911
Marine Patrol Emergency.............. 911 or 9911 (Dock Phone)
Non Emergency........................... (562) 435-6711
Shoreline Office.......................... (562) 570-4950
Alamitos Bay Office................. (562) 570-3215

Office hours............................. (562) 570-1582
After office hours..................... (562) 570-3101