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a :es . am ler cruise BE IB BE a ~4L Tim Winslow This project was first brought to the attention of the council when I was a member of the council. The city can ill afford the con- struction and maintenance costs least one purchase 80% of cruise passengers agree that Cruise Tourism is a good way to sample a destination they may wish to visit again 40% of cruise passengers return to a destination they first visited on a cruise for a full vaca- tion of such a pier. For those of you that haven't The Chamber previously ind'-::Seen the concept of the "floating cated that the cruise lines would : pier'' go online to= http://www. pay for this, but that idea soon seawalk.no/product.html and view faded away. the videos. It was mentioned that the bust- It is actually brilliant engineer- ness community might pay for it, ing and I am excited about it with but how much support would they a few caveats. be willing to give? The first stipulation, to avoid I do not support the idea of any unintended consequences as building a pier at the end of the we had after the installation of the mole or especially in the middle mole and breakwaters, would be a of Lovers Cove. I would consider thorough review by marine biolo- docking facilities along Pebbly gists, confirming whether or not it Beach Road if feasible as long would impact the eco-system in as the city is not responsible for Lovers Cove and jeopardize the financing and maintenance, world wide draw of that area. Next I would want assurances Ann Marshal thatthis system can work in an open (Mayoral ocean environment as opposed to candidate) the more tranquil waters around Many ask the fjords, where these test cases why should we are currently employed. encourage more Third we would have to be cruise ships to assured we can handle, from an visit Avalon? Research done infrastructure and traffic stand- by cruising.org, gives the answer: point, the disembarking of 2,000- 97% of cruise passengers go 3,500 people pretty much all at on shore of which 77.7% make at once, as opposed to the current staggered disembarking of 50-75 at a time. Fourth would be the assurance that the majority or better yet, all of the costs for the floating pier would be borne, as promised, by the cruise line(s). Finally, I would want some assurance that there be a mix of the cruise line's higher branded ships which cruise for more than the 3-4 day "bargain" cruises. Bob Kennedy (Mayoral candidate) We need to re- vitalize the mole. It is requiring extensive repairs. We need to consider the whole design to service our residents and visitors. Some of the basic amenities are missing. The restrooms need upgrading we need shade while standing in line. The floating berthing addition has been a topic of discussion. Is it feasible? How will it look? How do you pay for it? We need to approach these issues with an open mind. Let's see where this discussion takes us! I have opin- ions but the opinions that matter are the people that put me in this office. My opponent in this election likes to answer a ques- tion with a question and challenge decisionsthat we have made in the past several years. Where was she when we have deliberated on issues? She is calling us out on trans- parency! We can't make citizens, participate. All of our meetings are publicized according the legal requirements and we encour- aged public participation. We use our web site to keep the public informed. We print flyers and publish announcements. I have been recently quoted regarding our legal costs. We have spent significant funds supporting our municipal government. These costs are substantiated. We played catch up on work that had been previously ignored. There are actions that we have directed. The opening of Pebbly Beach road and the Motorcycle Grand Prix. However, the bulk of legal costs are to support the cease and assist bay water issue and the toxic site in Falls Canyon. Legal costs are being reduced and we forecast that trend. We live in a different California. Things have changed. Attorneys in the legislature are creating job secu- rity. Let us all participate and keep our neighbors informed. If we do this we will not respond to rumor but fact and we will prosper together. Ralph Morrow Avalon has enjoyed a produc- tive relationship with the cruise ship companies who have made Avalon a port of call over the years. They have provided a boost for our economy, especially during the "off season." I support any 16roject that keeps these cruise ships coming to Avalon. The cruise ship mooring proj- ect was brought up in front of the Council a short time back. The presentation essentially discussed construction of a moor- ing facility being constructed at no expense to the city. The cruise ship company men- tioned wanting to get away from using "tenders" (shore boats) to increase passenger convenience and decrease liability concerns. Infrastructure improvements to the Mole were also discussed as part of this project. The intended design of the mooring / docking facility has been used in different places around the world and would work well with Avalon's ocean condi- tions according to the cruise ship company. Even if the whole cost was not absorbed by the cruise ship com- pany, Avalon should find a way to support this project and pro- vide yet another reason to choose Avalon as a destination for cruise ships. Ralph Morrow Candidate for Council Burney R Ramming There should not be a cruise ship mooring at the mole. The risk of Paid for by supporters of Joe Sampson for City Council Avalon Bay being polluted by a problem with the ships sewage discharge tanks, the risk of noise pollution echoing around Avalon's hills from the cruise ships ampli- fied announcement system and the risk of air pollution over Avalon from the cruise ship's smoke stacks would be detrimental to Avalon's visitors and residents. In July 2011 a study to deter- mine the Feasibility of a Cruise Ship Berthing Facility for Avalon was done. There were three options in the draft report. First a fixed pier parallel to the mole; second, a fixed pier per- pendicular to the mole and third a floating walkway with the ship perpendicular to the mole and bow of the ship tied to a buoy with the stern tied to the mole. Each one of these options would place this massive thing in front of Avalon Bay. Ugly. No way. As a United States'Coast Guard licensed Captain with 40 years of experience operating boats around Catalina I can assure people that a fixed or floating pier at the mole area would be unsafe, damaged and rendered unusable in a strong " Candidates, Page 7 6 [ Friday, March 21, 2014 THE CATALINA ISLANDER