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Is It Still Pollution? I love my boats. I do not con- sider them to be part of the family, however, they are pretty close rela- tives. If one gets injured it hurts me to the core, and so I need to share the story of Catallac's recent acci- dent as part of my grieving process. File this one under the topic: "Is It Still Pollution if a Bird's Droppings Fall Into the Water Without Hitting a Boat?" I am very sensitive to my customer's needs and impressions. I want to ex- ceed their expectations in every possible way. I want them to be impressed when they step aboard one of my boats, whether it is for a fishing trip, a sunset cruise or just a party float. This means a lot of maintenance. Keeping a boat in tip top shape is difficult in the best of circum- stances, however, when the boat is on a mooring the challenges triple. The requirements for water, power and tools are much trickier to manage when you cannot simply walk to your boat from a dock. We have a wa- ter-maker on board Catallac and we have a pressure-washer. This allows us to wash our boats with John King less water and with- Columnist out the use of chemi- cals. Recently Brian Bray, the harbor master, informed us that boats could no longer be washed in Avalon Harbor as part of the cease and desist order that the City of Avalon is under for having hot water readings. This is a big problem. I sug- gested to Brian that this would and was towed to the yard for re- where it would have fallen had the With Capt. John King pairs, boat not been there. The shaft was bent, the strut The safety issues involved in was damaged and the hull was this regulation are huge, and I can create a safety problem with more ripped at the base of the strut ... report that the economic ramifica- boats moving around in and in serious and expensive stuff. All tions are also devastating. front of the harbor. Unfortunately, fixable, but not in time for the We are in a pickle on this one. I was right, many visitors who had already We can choose among four op- This weekend we had a captain chartered Catal[ac. tions: and crew doing a wash-down in I am now in the process of ex- Comply and put boats and front of the harbor in a brisk wind. plaining to the many customers crews at greater risk. The deckhand was using the pow- that we do not know if Catallac Deliver charters and tours on er sprayer on the main deck, which will be ready in time for the 4th of dirty boats. is a loud device (3hp gas engine). July charters. Break the law and wash down The captain was cleaning the top This is a painful and expensive as we have for years. deck and noticed the boat was process. All of which could have Change the law to fit the real- bearing down due to the wind and been avoided by washing the boat ity of our circumstances in Avalon decided to move. Chaos ensued, on the mooring as we have done Harbor. Unbeknownst to all aboard, the for many seasons. I can't live with Option 1, and power sprayer hose (WITH a stain- Could the problem have beenI cannot stay in business with Op- less steel mesh core) was dangling avoided by more diligence on the tion 2, so I will either be writing in the water enough to get picked captain's part? Yes, probably so. these columns from a jail cell or up and wrapped around the shaft. Still such would not have been we can recognize that our good The hose was ripped from the required had the boat been safely intentions are once-again having machine and from the deckhand, at rest on the mooring, negative consequences and modi- Luckily, the hose was not wrapped Is the City to blame? No. They fy the regulation. around the deckhand or the prob- were doing their job by enforcing Capt. John runs Afishinados lem would have become tragic, some ridiculous regulation that Charters and can be reached at Catallac was stabilized with suggests a bird's poop cannot be 888-613-7770 or john @afishina- plugs to prevent her from sinking washed off of a boat into the water dos.com Always have a reusable bag recyclable plastic bags a week in Three months ago, the City the winter months, probably dou- of Avalon passed a Resolution ble that in the summer months, 14-09 encouraging local residents and they end up in our landfill, or and visitors alike to limit their on the hillsides or worse yet in the plastic bag usage while shopping ocean. As you well know, plastic in Avalon. Our little Island town takes hundreds of years to break consumes well over 50,000 non- down, pollutes our soil and water, and harms wildlife. Our local landfill will reach capacity in 10 years and plastic bags are just add- ing to the problem, with well over 75,000 pounds a year being bur- ied at the Avalon Waste Facility. All of the above reasons should cause each and every one of us to make the choice to carry our reus- able bags to the market, hardware store, post office and anywhere we shop. Currently, over one third of California has plastic bag bans in place and our Legislature has a bill on the table to ban plastic bags throughout our Golden state. Let's all work together to make a differ- ence, one bag at a time, especially here in Avalon. Get in the habit of bringing your reusable bags with you wherever you go! Leslie Warner Avalon 4th Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show Sale, Oct. 26 STAFF REPORT Registration is available by call- ing (562) 437-8555, ext. 239. The 4th Annual Catalina: The The Catalina Island Wild Side Art Show Sale will Conservancy was formed in 1972 be held Sunday, Oct. 26, at the and is one of California's oldest Newport Harbor Yacht Club. land trusts. A passion for Catalina Island Its mission is to be a respon- and plein air art come together sible steward of its lands through to create an extraordinary after- a balance of conservation, educa- noon. tion and recreation. The show features 10 nation- The Conservancy protects the ally acclaimed plein air artists, magnificent natural and cultural who will display their interpreta- heritage of Santa Catalina Island, tions of Catalina's rugged wild- stewarding approximately 42,000 lands and scenic beauty, acres of land, 62 miles of rugged Proceeds from the sale of shoreline and more than 80 miles these unique paintings support of trails. It operates the Airport the growth of a permanent col- in the Sky, Wrigley Memorial lection of plein air artwork that Botanic Garden and two nature documents the Island's "wild centers. side" and the Catalina Island For more information, visit Conservancy's restoration efforts, www.catalinaconservancy.org. FREE SUMMER LUNCHES FOR CHILDREN AT AVALON SCHOOL I I I I l I I I I l I I JAMES 21 YEARS OF REVERSE SMITH MORTGAGE EXCELLENCE ALMUERZOS DE VERANO GRATIS PARA LOS NINOS EN LA ESCUELA AVALON m n m m m m m m m m m eyelashes Call 714-546-2020 For a Saturday clinic appointment at CIMC. ORANGE COAST e )e center PROPOSED VONS STORE DO NOT LET THEM BUILD WITHOUT: OFF-STREET PARKING FOR AT LEAST 50 CARTS & 10 CARS The engineer & architect have never been allowed to build a store without sufficient parking. A FULL-TIME EMPLOYEE TO PICK UP SHOPPING CARTS TIME RESTRICTIONS ON DELIVERIES & HYDRAULIC TRASH COMPACTOR USE PRESERVING GREEN SPACE, WITH AMPLE SETBACKS NOISE & LIGHTING MITIGATION MEASURES FOR THE IMMEDIATE NEIGHBORS (ie double-pane windows for neighbors) WH No enrollment, No paperwork, No income qualifications OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. All children ages 2-18 are welcome. No infant meals will be available. Lunches served June 30th - August 1,2014 (closed July 4th) No necesita inscribirse, Ni Comprobar ingresos ABIERTO AL POBLICO de 10:30 a.m. a 11:00 a.m. Todos los nifios cuyas edades sean de 2 a 18 afios son elegibles. No habrA alimentos disponibles para beb6s Habr& almuerzos disponibles del 30 de junio al 1 de agosto, 2014 (cerrado el 4 de julio) 4 ) Friday, June 27, 20i4 THE CATALINA ISLANDER