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- .ih.~ WITH CAPT. JOHN KING New Waterfront The last couple of years brought a tremendous amount of change to Avalon, and it looks like 2013 will carry on this wave as we see signs of old businesses closing and new businesses with new services and new offerings being developed. As sad as it is to see local institutions such as Armstrong's and The Landing being closed, the newness generates a sense of excitement for our visi.tors and opportunity for our local busi- nesses. It is time to begin build- ing some new local tradi- tions. Avalon's waterfront is also going through some changes with a number of new offerings and tour options with fun, float- ing ways for visitors and locals alike to "Enjoy the Isle in Style." Some of the new boats include, outboard- powered rigid inflauible boats from Catalina Extreme, a new open-center-console option from Coastal Cruises and a new 50-foot x 22-foot power catamaran named Catallac from Afishinados Charters. The following is a sampling of the new tours being, offered in 2013: Catalina Coastal Tours: Coastal Sightseeing Dolphin/Sea Lion Adventure The Astronomy Experience Catalina Extreme: The Ultimate Land and Sea Tour Catallac Cruises: Capt. John's Seafari Sunsets and Full Moon Cruises Brews Cruises In addition to these new "in- season" tours and cruises, visitors John King Columnist should check the cal- endar while visiting. If there is a Valentines, a St. Patrick's Day, a Mother's or Father's Day, Easter, or even April Fool's Day, there is likely to be a special events tour. May will bring the Flying Fish back to the island and there will be two big boats, the Blanche W. "Thank you, dear God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough. Thank you for the raM. And for the chance to wake up M three hours and go fish- ing: I thank you for that now, because I won't feel so thankful then." - Garrison Keillor visit the Island. What better way to celebrate Avalon's 100th Anniversary than to schedule a tour to see these amazing creatures. This year Avalon will cele- brate it's 100th Anniversary in June, and there will be fun, new things to do on land and sea dur- ing the entire season. Check the "Upcoming Events" calendar on www.catalinachamber.com for the latest offerings and-specials. One new day of appreciation is build- ing support within the Avalon community. Patriot's Day (Sept. 11) will be a day to thank our Avalon" first responders and their fami- lies. On this day Catallac Tours and Cruises will be offered at no charge for all first responders and their families. We expect to see a lot of waterfront tour businesses to join in this day of thanks and we hope to see this become a neff Avalon tradition. with her famous World War II Capt. John King is the owner spot light and Catallac with eight spotlights, four underwater lights a~idfounder of Afishinados Charter. Contact him at and a bunch of hand-held beams (310) 510-2440 or (323) 447- to light up the night from May 4669. thru September when the flyers Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Showers LikelyMostly Sunny Sunny Sunny Mostly Sunny Partly CloudyPartly Cloudy 56/43 ~ 57143 60146' 65/50 62/51 64151 63/55 Precip Chance: 60% Precip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 0% Precip Chance: 0% Preeip Chance: 5% Prexrip Chance: 10% Precip Chance: 10% Today we will see partly cloudy skies with a Tanning Index I)e~ak Fishing Times This Week 60% chance of showers, high temperature of 56 , humidity of 71%. The record high teniperature for today is 90 set in 1954. Expect mostly cloudy skies tonight with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, overnight low of 43 . The record low for tonight is 39 set in 1955. Saturday, skies will be mostly sunny with a high temperature of 57,humidity of 54%. Skies will be mostly clear Saturday night with an overnight low of 43 . Expect sunny skies Sunday with a high temperature of 60 . Skies will remain sunny Monday with a high temperature of 65 . -it 10-2~5161718191101 11+ I 0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate, 6-7: High, 8-10: Very High, 1 i+: Extreme Exposure l,ast Week's Ahnanac Date ~ghh Low Norm~s 1/28 50 44 64/50 0.00" 1129 52 44 64/50 0.00" 1/30 63 - 46 64/50 0.00" t/31 70 54 64150 0.00" 2/1 72 60 65150 0.00" 2/2 70 58 65150 0.00" 213 64 55 65/50 0.00" Allyn, C~se Inlet l~h Low ~ I~w / %% eather "1 rivia Fri A Humidity is measured by I]~ Sat what device ? r Son O I I Peak Fis~ Times This Week | : iis Week J D ax AM PAl Fri 9:33-11:3310:03-12:03 Sat 10:28-12:28 10:58-12:58 Sun 11:21-1:2111:51-1:51 Mon 12:42-2:4212:12-2:12 Tue 1:30-3:30 1:00-3:00 Wed 2:17-4:17 1:47-3:47 Thu 3:04-5:04 2:34-4:34 Sun/Moon Charl This V~'eek Weather Histor) - A powerful storm hit the Great Lakes region. North winds of 50 to 70 mph raised the water level of southern Lake Michigan two feet and )roduced waves 12 to 18 feet high, causing seven million dollars damage along the Chicago area shoreline, o Kingston, Appletree Cove ,I/ax mgb 7:24 am 1:15 am 8:42 pm 2:25 pmFri 7:29 am 8:10am 2:03am9:18pm3:02pm Sat 8:lham 8:54 am 2:50 am 9:53 pm 3:38 pmSon 8:59 am Mort 9:37am3:35am10:27pro 4:13pm 'Mon 9:42am Tue 10:19am4:20amll:03pm 4:46pm Tue 10:24am Wed ll:0;2am 5:07amll:39pm 5:18pm Wed ll:07am Thu ll:48am5:59amNone 5.:49pmThu ll:53am Low mCa 1:23 am 8:47 pln 2:33 pm 2:llam9:23pm 3:10pm 2:58 am 9:58 pm3:46 pm 3:43am10:321ma 4:21pro 4:28amll:08pm4:54pm 5:15amll:44pm5:26prn 6:07 am None 5:57 Inn I/~ Sunrise Slms.e t ~ A New / Fri 6:43a.m. 5:32p.m. 5:13a.m.4:12p.m.f:~"~ 2/10 W Sat 6:42 a.m.5:33 p.m.5:58 a.m. 5:19 p.m. Sun 6:41 a.m.5:34 p.m.6:38 a.m. 6:25 p.m. Mort 6:40 a.m.5:35 p.m.7:16 a.m. 7:28 p.m. First ~.Tue 6:39 a.m.5:36 p.m.7:51 a.m: 8:29 p.m. 2,/17 Wed 6:38 a.m.5:37 p.m.8:25 a.m. 9:29 p.m. Thu 6:37 a:m.5:38 p.m.9:00 a.m. 10:27 p.m. Full 2/25 Last 314 c ea- iCatalina.com Book Nowl 310-510-2440 S Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Bureau releases Visitors Guide for 2013 STAFF REPORT The newly re-designed 2013 Official Catalina Island Visitors Guide is now available, according to the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. The Visitor Guide has 68 full color pages of information on Catalina Island, Southern California's ultimate destination for romantic getaways, family fun vacations, adventures and celebra- tions. Copies of the 2013 Guide are available at the Chamber's Visitor Center office at the Green Pier. The Visitors Guide is also available in its entirety online at the Catalina Island Chamber web- site at www.CatalinaChamber. com/vg. This year's Guide includes a new cover design and new color photography to capture the blissful pleasure of escaping to Catalina Island. Also included are Chamber member listings, vacation itiner- ary planning; hotel, restaurant, activity, wedding and group event guides; maps and a section on Catalina history. The Guide is designed to give visitors a wealth of information to plan their Island escape. Information on Catalina tours and attractions, accommo- dations, transportation, dining, shopping, services and events are included for both Avalon and Two Harbors. This year's Guide also includes a QR code for quick ref- erence to Catalina Hot Deals. To receive a free copy of the new, 2013 Visitors Guide, con- tact the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau at (310) 510-1520 or visit www. CatalinaChamber.com. City Council From page 1 after requesting proposals from 10 firms. Only two firms responded. "City staff believes that the proposed UFI team members pos- sess the training and experience to completely perform the services requested," the report said. "The committee felt that the team proposed by UFI would be a better fit for Avalon than that pro- posed by IntelliBridge Partners," the report said. Money was another factor in the choice: IntelliBridge's fee sched- ule was 30 percent higher than UFI's, according to Campbell's report. Environ Strategy gets 90- day extension In June 2012, Environ Strategy, the firm that operates and main- tains the Avalon waste water treat- ment plant and saltwater distribu- tion system, received a six-month extension on its agreement with the city. Tuesday, the City Council agreed to extend the agreement for another 90 days. According to the staff report by Assistant City Manager/City Clerk Denise Radde, Environ Systems asked for the extension because of delays in getting approval from the California Coastal Commission and because an asphalt overlay cannot be finished until tempera- tures get warmer. An e-mail from Jeffrey R. Mummert of Environ Strategy said the Coastal Commission delays had pushed the company into completing the project during the rainy season. "This change order request is for a time extension only, there is no cost increase," Radde wrote. City hires a new auditor for its sewer plan The council authorized the city manager to hire Dudek, an environmental consulting firm, to audit Avalon's sewer system man- agement plan for $8,985. The audit is required every year under the cease and desist order issued by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality .Control Board. The deadline for the cur- rent audit: March 15. Hotel autoette permits on future agenda Following a council study ses- sion, Campbell said the council directed him to return to with an ordinance that would allow hotels to apply for permits for golf carts for their guests tO use. Campbell said he would bring the ordinance back to the council in a month-and-a-half or so. CALL TODAY AND LET DEWEY PEST CONTROL TAKE CARE OF YOUR PEST CONTROL NEEDS! PESI' CONTROL Since 1929 17 :.2-~iL. .22~ ; .i 6 1 Friday, February 8, 2013 THE CATALINA ISLANDER