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Year in Review From page 9 December Concession. contract OK'd A divided Avalon City Council voted 3-2 to award the Joe Machado Field concession stand project to Dave Thompson Construction at the agency's Tuesday, Dec. 3, meeting. Opponents objected to the cost of the project, which a staff report estimated would be $50,000. Project supporters said the city needed to get it done. Mayor Bob Kennedy and Council Member Oley Olsen cast the dis- senting votes. Visitor counts improve The November visitor count was 2 percent higher in 2013 than in 2012, according to a December report from Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. The count would have been higher if one cruise ship had not been in dry dock. Cross chan- nel traffic increased significantly over last year, by 8.1 percent. But the November cruise ship visi- tor count plunged 20.8 percent. According to Griffin, that was because the Carnival Inspiration was in dry dock. Avalon Rotary receives grant The Rotary Club of Avalon received Rotary District 5320 Simplified Grant to assist low-income com- munity members with the cost of boat transportation for medical or surgical services that are not available on the island. The Rotary grant was for $3,000. The Rotary Club of Avalon provides up to $1,500 and that amount is matched by the Rotary District 5320, which covers Orange and Southern Los Angeles County. Rita Whitaker, past presi- dent of the local" club, submitted the grant application for the third year and was extremely pleased that this grant was approved. 'Cap' Perkins memorialized Cap Perkins, Avalon resident for over 60 years, was memori- alized in Mid-December with a commemorative plaque installed on the sea-wall on what was local- ly referred to as his "Office" just West of the base of the Green pleasure pier. For roughly 63 years, Cap and other islanders like George McElroy (also deceased) and Bruce Gelker could be found with their morning cups of coffee hashing out Avalon's various polit- ical issues. The joke often being told was that most of Avalon's concerns had been "sorted out" right there on the wall. Rains falls on Catalina In December .05 inches of rain was recorded in Avalon and .02 inches in Two Harbors. That's not much rain, and some tour- a second matching ists might conclude that Catalina is a desert island--which is not true. The island actually has a Mediterranean climate. Mediterranean climates are typi- fied by wet winters and dry sum- mers. Plants in Mediterranean climes have adapted to the extreme difference in rainfall and tempera- ture between winter and summer seasons. The West Coast is home to the only true Mediterranean climate in the United States. Food ToUrs find its niche The Taste of Catalina Food Tours got ready to celebrate its first anniversary in Avalon. The first and only full time food tour on Catalina is the brainchild of local resident Erin Eubanks. Eubanks said she got the idea from attending the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce's Taste of Avalon, a one evening event that showcases the best offerings of the participating restaurants in the island city, with bragging rights for the winners of the judging. Eubanks said she decided she'd like to expand the experience to more than just once a year. The idea behind Taste of Catalina Food Tours is combin- ing delicious food options with passionate guides who can discuss the island's history and the scenic backdrop of the city of Avalon. 'Lewd conduct' arrest on island Avalon Sheriff's Station depu- ties arrested an Avalon man last week for sexually abusing female children. Authorities accused the i: .... Cap Perkins is third from left with friends at his "office." Perkins, a diving legend and Iongtime Avalon resident, was memorialized with a plaque on the seawall, near the Pleasure Pier. Courtesy photo man of meeting and abusing four known victims during a 10-year period starting in 2003. Arthur Milton Peguero, 41, was arrested Thursday, Dec. 19. Detectives are asking witnesses or other victims to call the Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-5273 or email SpecialVictims@lasd. org. Capt. Doug Fetteroll, com- mander of the Avalon Sheriff's Station, described Peguero as a Hispanic man, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 190 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Water stays at 399 acre feet As of Thursday, Dec. 26, the Thompson Reservoir water level measured 399 acre feet. The water level had remained finchanged for three weeks straight. The reservoir's water level had been declining throughout 2013. By-the-gallon water rationing becomes mandatory when the water level drops below 300 acre feet, which is expected sometime in 2014 unless the Island receives significant rainfall. New Year's Eve Celebration Islanders and visitors danced in the New Year at the black- tie optional New Year's Eve Celebration in the Casino Ballroom. 2013 was over.