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From page 6 Northeasterly wind and sea. The place for the cruise ships is at anchor or berthed at a wharf built along pebbly beach road out of sight from Avalon. Catalina Island has the rock, fill soil and the work force to make this hap- pen. On the Avalon City Council I would vote for exploring ways to have the cruise industry fund the Pebbly Beach Cruise Ship Waft at no cost to the Avalon taxpayer. This wharf project would provide local jobs for Avalon residents and, when completed, increase visitor spending in Avalon. This is a win for Avalon residents and a win for future visitors. Cinde M. MacGugan- Cassidy One of the many infrastruc- ture issues the city desperately needs to address is the Cabrillo Mole. For the vast majority of our visitors, the mole is the first expe- rience they have with Avalon and today, it is old, dirty and poten- tially dangerous. For too long, the city has put off addressing the deteriorating structure that no longer meets our needs or those of our visi- tors. Urgently needed repairs and renovations should happen sooner rather than later. A new cruise ship terminal offers us an opportunity to reno- to the Catalina Express and other passenger carriers as they provide us with a means for our visitors to travel to and from Catalina in a comfortable, safe and fast way! Where do we start is the ques- tion? The payback on any investment we make will be immediate, if we ha~,e the cruise ships locked in with contracts for the foreseeable future. I have many questions in the area of logistics and liability. How many ships will be able to dock at once? What happens if the pier breaks up in a storm and blocks the entry of our harbor. How much will it cost? What are the maintenance costs? Who will guarantee us it will work like it is supposed to? " Things like this are the ques- tions ~ need to know before I OK the idea. But I think it sounds like a great thing on paper. I would much rather see a per- manent facility as I know how radical, violent and swift a storm can move upon us out here in the middle ocean. What I really like is, it will bring all of the community stake- holders together, for a reason we can all agree on! I think it is great news we are moving ahead as a community. The future is looking good in Avalon and we are not going to miss this boat! Joe Sampson is a man you can trust! I will fight for the common man. on Catalina! Vote on April vate the Mole and make a more 8th~ welcoming experience for ALL pedicabcatalina@gmail.com of our visitors. Many cruise lines are hesitant to commit to visiting Avalon dine 'to the need "to tender their passengers, Financed properly, a new cruise ship berthing facility will allow us to improve the Mole and attract additional cruise ship visits in the spring, summer and winter. Cruise ship visits during that time allow our business to remain open, locals to remain employed and new visitors to experience the island. For many of our visitors, their first exposure to our island is aboard a cruise ship. They spend the day here, real- ize just how magical the island is, and return to spend a night, a weekend or a week. Cruise ships offer not just a way to help businesses employee residents throughout the year, they offer an intriguing introduction to potential visitors. Please join us this Saturday, March 22nd 2-5pm at People's Park, across from City Hall, for an opportunity to share your con- cerns, ask questions, and enjoy a picnic BBQ. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come and enjoy a chance to socialize and build our community relationships. You can also find me at my office inside Chet's Hardware or call (310) 510-9561. I look forward to talking with you. 233 Sumner Avenue (310) 510-9117 Across from Mini-Golf Course NEED A HOME LOAN? Joe Sampson A floating pier for the cruise ships to dock, would be a good thing for Avalon. We would have to see simultaneous improvements to our existing mole as this dock is in dire need of repairs. We owe it Alex Sanchez At this point in time I would say that no, we do not need a floating pier for the cruise ships. When we are dealing with a negative budget, why spend money on something that we don't really need? As far as I can see, the current method for getting cruise ship passengers ashore seems to be working fine. If we do get this floating pier, where exactly will it go? What will be the environmental impact? Who will maintain it and what will the cost be? Who monitors it when ships aren't docked? Will our shoreboats still tender the passengers? Will its placement be a hinder- ance to other water traffic such as private boats or other passenger transportation vessels? In order to make a decision that is in the best interest of our citizens, these are a few of the questions to which I would need answers. Ducky Derby set for April KAP Players and Parents registering ducks before the big race. Courtesy photo It must be spring, for there will soon be rubber duckies in the harbor. Kids at Play will present the 18th Annual Rubber Ducky Derby on Sunday, April 16. Registration will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at South Beach. The first race will be at high noon, followed by individual heats. Food, drink, raffle tickets, t- shirts "and souvinirs will be on sale. In addition to the duck races, there will be a Best in Show corn- petition in both adult and youth classes for the best decorated duck. The decorated ducks will not race. Money from the event will ben- efit the Kids at Play theater pro- gram. You may adopt a single duck for $5 or adopt fwe quackers for $20 smackers. Corporate sponsor- ships are available for $100 for an extra large duck. For more information, call (310) 595-6714. Michael Ponce I think any investment of money and time that would allow more visitors for the day to enjoying what Avalon and Santa Catalina Island have to offer is a plus. If this project can be tied into the Cabrillo Mole improvements even better. 1 i I I Come Visit D Fun, Exciting & Unique Toys For All AgesJ Pet Supplies Games Puzzles Arts and Crafts Books Educational Toys Video Games Indoor~Outdoor Sports Items And so much more! March 21 - March 27 DRE: 00698852 NMLS: 249784 CONTACT: BRYAN TAYLOR SPECIALIZING IN: Conventional, FHA and Government Loans Refinance, Rate Reduction and Cash Out Loans 2nd Home Financing, Investment Properties and Harp II Mortgages and Reverse Mortgages DIRECT: 562.756.5559 FAX: 562.920.7465 EMAIL: BTHomeLoans@aol.com ~... "SERVICE IS MY COMMITMENT" Advantage One Home L o I n HE CARES ABOUT AVALON'S FUTURE HE WILL WORK FOR YOU AND GET THINGS DONE HE IS SERIOUS ABOUT THIS COUNCIL RACE HE WILL HELP STOP DRUG ABUSE Shows Nightly at 7:30pm Rated PG- 13 Admission: Adult $15.00, Senior or Child $13.00 Matinee - Saturday & Wednesday 4:30pm Admission: Adult $10.00, Senior or Child $8.00 Every Tuesday $8.00 Admission ....................... - ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ~.- .................................. L~ _/_/i ................. THE CATAUNA ISLANDER Friday, March 21, 2014 i 7