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As for the "new" STOLport that was never built, Liddell speculates that:lhe idea was so expensive that it.was abandoned. In fact, Liddell said the con- struction of a STOLport was such an expensive proposal that he did Pebbly Beach in the late 1950s. Catalina Islander archive image- sule. not understand why someone came up with the idea in the first place. The ramp project was expected -tocost the Santa Catalina Island Company $100,000 in 1959, ac- cording to the latest Time Cap- In the late 1950s, primarily lSy Channel Airlines," ) ;:Th actual STOLport would Liddell said. : have been significantly more ex- county officials The local historian has re- pensive. considered an airport searched the airport plan that nev- According to a 1959 article in er came to pass. : the Islander, the STOL port would off Pebbly Beach Pacific Airways did g~tpermis- haxie required 32-V2 acres of area. sion to use the planned STOLport, In an article that was published BY CHARLES M. KELLY but they never did. without a byline, the Islander said, According to a past installment "A preliminary estimate of the to- In the summer months of 1959, of theTime Capsule, "Pacific Air- tal e6st blithe proposed airport has Los Angeles County officials ap- lines was granted permission to been set at $2.9 million. proved a proposal to build an air- have one plane at the new Pebbly "Of this amount, $1.1 is repre- port off Pebbly Beach. Beach Airport to add to their DC-3 sented in the value of the 32-1/2 Obviously, the plan never really and PBY 5A. The concrete rampacres and $1.5 million is estimat- got off the ground, would be 150 feet long, 50 feet ed for the cost of constructing a According to Chuck Liddell, wide and 1 foot thick." 1,500-foot runway and parallel who researches the Islander's Time According to Liddell, Pacifictaxiway,' Capsule feature, the proposed Airw;ys planned to use DC-3 The Los Angeles County En- short take off and landing airport planet on the ramp, a plan Liddell gineer's Office reportedly would (commonly called a STOLport) described as "ridiculous" Lid- have absorbed the cost for person- never went beyond a ramp and a dell said he didn't know why the nel. County officials apparently turn-around area. STOLport never became reality, met informally with Avalon of- "What was planned there never He said at one point the Catalina ficials to discuss the state of the came to fruition," Liddell said. Island Museum considered having project. "It was only used for seaplanes, an exhibit to commemorate plans As for the real estate that would be used for the STOLport, the Is- land Company was supposed to donate 8- acres and the Cali- fornia Lands Commission would grant or lease the remaining 24 acres to the county. it appeared &B in the Catalina Islander in 1970. According to the Islander, the Federal Aviation Administration the project a high-priority rating. "Financing would come mainly from the FAA, with the requisite share of the costs representing the value of the property donated by the Santa Catalina Island Co. and the California Lands Commis- sion," the Islander reported. At the time, the FAA could contribute as much as 54 percent of the land's value. The Islander article did not mention any arguments against the STOLport project. Instead. the article pointed out that the airport would serve com- muters and could be used to pro- vide medical aid or disaster relief. The Airport in the Sky was operational, but described as 45 minutes from Avalon and "is down frequently because of low clouds blanketing t116 mountain rest where it is located." In August of that year, the Is- lander reported that the Los Ange- les County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the STOL- port project. That approval was apparently not enough for the plan to become reality. CHOICES meets March 9 CHOICES will hold a strate- gic pl'anning meeting on Saturday, March 9, at the Catalina Canyon Resort in the conference room. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organizers are requesting RSVPs to have a headcount for donated lunches to be provided to attendees. The organization is reportedly out of funds, which in the past came from one donor foundation. To RSVP, call (310) 848-4381. CHOICES stands for Citizens Helping Our Island Children End Substance Abuse. The group's mission is to encourage commu- nity involvement in helping island youth make responsible decisions about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Underage drug use is perceived by many Island residents to be a major threat to the community's health, safety, and future. CHOICES began when con- cerned citizens recognized a high prevalence of alcohol and drug use among Island youth. A community needs assessment in March 2002 involved interviews with students, parents, and com- munity leaders. This study helped to identify concerns about tobacco, alcohol, and othe drug use, including: 4 i Friday, February 8, 2013 THE CATALINA ISLANDER