Conversations with users of the public launch docks have lead to a general agreement that there are three things that users of the docks should do to protest the proposed fee. Please join your fellow paddlers and sailors in taking the following actions:
1) WRITE or EMAIL THE PORT COMMISSION! (most important)
Please write or email the Port Commission to protest the fee. The Port Commission is an elected body that governs the Port District. Please keep your communication to the Port Commission polite, civil and fact-based — serving on the Commission is a thankless, unpaid post. Appeal to them on behalf of the public that uses the free launch docks and help them understand the importance of this resources to the public and the Santa Cruz community.
Email the entire Port Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org
Santa Cruz Port Commission, All Members
135 Fifth Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Email Congressman Sam Farr HERE
Email the California Coastal Commission at: email@example.com
2) SIGN THE ONLINE PETITION
3) ATTEND THE HARBOR’S “PILOT PROGRAM” MEETING – TUESDAY 11/27
Please attend the Port Commission meeting on Tuesday, February 19th, 6:30 PM, Santa Cruz Yacht Club Meeting Room, 244 4th Avenue, Santa Cruz. At this meeting, harbor staff will be proposing a whole “pilot program” of new fees, rules and regulations related to human-powered watercraft (aka HPW) which includes kayaks, SUPs, outriggers, dingys, etc. It is important that the various HPW communities attend this meeting to hear the harbor’s new proposals in person.
If you use the free hand-launch docks please take the actions above or your safe and affordable access to the harbor and Monterey Bay may be eliminated!!!