Santa Cruz Port District
Newsletter - November 2019
North Harbor Dredging:
Crews have finished dredging the first quadrant in the northern portion of the X/J channel (near the culverts). Squirt will remain stationed in the X/J channel, as the crew works to address shoaling along the southern portion.

Please read all gate notices and beware of submerged pipe and equipment hazards when operating in the area. Harbor staff will be in contact with boat owners who may be in an area slated for dredging.

Federal Entrance Channel:
Entrance channel dredging commenced on November 4, 2019. To begin the season, the dredge crew will work an extended schedule of 10 hour days Monday - Friday, through November 15, 2019.

Entrance soundings will be updated bi-weekly and posted on the District's website. During dredging operations, pass Twin Lakes on the east side (Crow's Nest side) of the channel unless otherwise marked. Stay at least 50' from the dredge. Contact the crew for passing instructions on VHF channel 8.
Harbor Patrol Marine Search & Rescue
On September 29, 2019, Harbor Patrol responded to a report of approximately ten surfers in distress off of 36th Avenue. Once on scene, Central Fire rescue swimmers assisted ten victims onto the Almar patrol boat. The victims were transported back to the harbor launch ramp and evaluated by paramedics. All were released without injuries.
Attention Boaters: Shoreline Closure
California State Parks would like to remind all boaters of regulations governing shoreline closures along the Santa Cruz County coastline, as well as the area surrounding the Seacliff State Beach pier and cement ship.

All vessels are required to stay 1,000 feet offshore from any state beach within Santa Cruz County. In addition to the shoreline closure, vessels are not permitted within a 200 foot radius of the Seacliff State Beach pier or cement ship.

Please be mindful of these regulations when transiting the coastline. For more information, please contact State Parks Lifeguard Headquarters at (831) 427-4868.

Lighthouse Lighting:
Saturday, December 7, 2019
This year, O'Neill Sea Odyssey's annual Lighthouse Lighting Event will kick off Santa Cruz Yacht Club's Lighted Boat Parade which begins at 5:30 PM on Saturday, December 7th.

Event made possible by donations from Lighthouse Lighting sponsors: Santa Cruz County Bank, Bud Colligan, Bill and Brigid Simpkins, The Crow's Nest, and Pelican Ranch Winery. All proceeds benefit O'Neill Sea Odyssey's (OSO) free, ocean-going science and stewardship program for area elementary school students. For more information, visit OSO's website
Photo taken by Jim Jackson Rahn Photography
Lighted Boat Parade:
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Mark your calendars! The Santa Cruz Yacht Club's 34th Annual Lighted Boat Parade will take place at Santa Cruz Harbor on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 5:30 PM ~ rain or shine.

This year's theme is "Holidays on the Harbor." Please visit the Yacht Club's website for additional information and registration materials.

Please be aware that parking is very limited during this event. Carpooling and/or other methods of transportation are highly encouraged to help reduce traffic in the area.
EVENT RECAP: Classic Car Show
On Sunday, October 13, 2019, over 90 participants filled the harbor's west side parking lot to display their remarkable classics! The Santa Cruz Port District would like to thank all of the classic car enthusiasts who participated and made this year's event a success.

Congratulations to this year's "Best in Show," winner, Robert Scott, who showcased his beautiful 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu.
EVENT RECAP: Haunted Harbor
On Saturday, October 26, 2019, hundreds of trick-or-treaters enjoyed the Haunted Harbor event. The Port District would like to thank participating harbor businesses and all volunteers who made this year's event a hit! A very special thank you to SmileyOrca Facepaint & Henna for providing an extra fun activity and offering free face painting.