San Mateo County Harbor District

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James B. Pruett

General Manager

San Mateo County Harbor District

(650) 583-4962

[email protected]

Winter 2023

A note from our General Manager

The Harbor District has been flying Double Gale Pennants (Gale force winds 39 - 54 mph), and was impacted by eight storms this winter season thus far. Pillar Point Harbor and Oyster Point Marina weathered each of the storms extremely well.   Both the Harbor and Marina had cleats pulled from docks, and a few floats under the docks were dislodged. Pillar Point Harbor also had silting issues associated with the heavy stormwater runoff, and the sewage lift station exceeded its capacity. The Harbor District, with the use of pump trucks, avoided any sewage spill.

Oyster Point Marina’s sewage vac station also flooded several times, but the Harbor District, working with the City of South San Francisco, implemented a plan to prevent any further flooding. Again, there was no sewage spill.

The limited storm damage at both facilities was due to the great work of both Harbormasters and Deputy Harbormasters. Without their proactive preparedness, the damage could have been much worse.

The Harbor District has had several permitting and construction updates this winter. With the guidance from the Harbor Board of Commissioners, several projects have been permitted and construction has or will begin shortly. The R/V Restroom and Green Space Project received all permits and is now under construction. The Ketch Joanne ADA Restroom Project is well underway, with completion expected this Spring. The Surfers Beach Replenishment Project, which also include the dredging of the outer harbor and the establishment of new eelgrass beds, is in the final staging of permitting with an estimated start date of Spring 2023. The District has also issued the construction contract to repave/repair all three C parking lots, and Pillar Point Blvd from the intersection of Johnson Pier Rd and Pillar Point Blvd to the launch ramp.

It is exciting times here at the Harbor District!


 Jim Pruett             


View the Latest Agenda

Important Budget Calendar Dates

February 15, 2023 Harbor Commission receives 2022/23 mid-year budget review.

March 15, 2023 Harbor Commission reviews and provides direction on "First Look" 2023/24 Budget, including major maintenance and capital project.

Meet your new Harbor Commissioners

George Domurat

District 2

George has been a resident of Pacifica since 1980.

George has over 42 years experience with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Coastal Planning. He enjoys surfing, hiking and martial arts in his spare time.

Kathryn Slater-Carter

District 3

Kathryn has lived on the coast for 44 years. She grew up in San Mateo County visiting the coast and harbor as a child.

Kathryn has served on the Montara Water and Sanitary District since 1995.

To read the full bios on all Commissioners push here: Bios

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RV Park Restroom Project

We are excited to announce that on January 23rd the construction kick-off meeting was conducted for the Pillar Point Harbor RV Park ADA Restroom, Outdoor Showers and Greenspace Project, and construction has already begun. The Project is located near Surfers Beach and will provide public restrooms, outdoor showers, additional ADA parking, surfing school pick-up/drop-off parking, EV charging station, human and pet drinking fountains.

As the project construction progresses, parking and trail access will be temporarily re-routed. We are currently anticipating the construction to be completed by no later than the end of September 2023.

West Trail Project

We are proud to announce that major construction is completed. 

Construction was completed on April 27, 2022, project monitoring will continue for a 5 year period. Planting for soil stabilization began on January 30, 2023.

The overall project has held up as designed. The recent storms have caused sand erosion on the west end of the project, the District has already engineered a fix and is currently working with the Coastal Commission for approval.


CDFW Begins Offering 365-day Fishing License for 2023

Beginning November 15, 2022, California anglers are able to purchase a 2023 fishing license that will take effect on January 1, 2023, and last the entire year. All licenses purchased on or after January 1, 2023, will be effective from the date of purchase for a continuous 365 days.

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Crab Season is Here

Off the boat sales are going strong at Pillar Point Harbor. Everyone is invited to take advantage of this unique opportunity to purchase live crab directly from the boat that harvested the catch. 

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) lifted the Dungeness crab trap prohibition in Fishing Zones 3-6 (all areas south of the Sonoma/Mendocino county line) for the recreational fishery on Jan. 14, 2023. CDFW lifted the 50 percent commercial fishery trap reduction in Fishing Zones 3-6 on Jan. 15, 2023.

CA Fish and Wildlife Link

Office Closures

Admin Office will be closed Monday, February 20th in observance of President's Day

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