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Page 4 The CATAUNA ISLANDER Friday, October 14, 2005 The Catalina Islander passengers yearly that are ser- welcomes letters to the Editor. viced by shoreboats, Harbor Include the author's printed boats, Para-sail boats and ocean name, address and phone rafting boats, all working hard to number. The paper reserves the bring money to the city. right to edit letters for grammar The Harbor Department and legal requirements. Email to makes more money than any catlslander other entity for the city and the revenues they take in amount to A Mariner's point of millions of dollars from private view, vessels that visit our harbor every As a boat captain, residentyear. To deal with the immense and long time five.aboard in Aval- volume and complex nature of on Harbor and Catalina Island, I harbor management, there are am sick and tired of the continual many rules and regulations that letters written by landlubbers who boaters must abide by. A signifi- take for granted source and cant one makes it unlawful to tie substance of their co~ dreamy, to a city mooting if the vessel's safe little lifestyle here on the engine is disabled. This would be Island. To all I say, pull your an extremely desperate predica- heads out of the sand and face the merit for a visiting vessel with facts. This is a harbor town, orig- engine trouble if it weren't for the inally built by fishermen andbrains, talent, foresight and hard mariners at the turn of the century work of Robert Sherrill, Caleb as a fishing outpost. Then and and Nathan Lins, Dave Fuller, now, every scrap of material, sup- Venna, Jordan and all the dedicat- plies, tools, fuel, machines, vehi- ed captains and crew of this indis- cles, food, mail, etc. is brought pensable maritime organization here by captains and their vessels, called "Sherrill's Marine", head- The wealthy celebrities of the past quarters of "Vessel Assist". They came to Avalon by boat to enjoy tow the boats, fix the boats and if its pristine harbor. Today, weekly necessary, even salvage and haul cruise ships bring thousands of the boats. As your utility provider for water, gas and electricity, SCE can help you preserve these pt ecious resources. Our energy experts will be on the island to help you manage your energy and water use. Our energy experts will help residents with free personalized energy' analyses. To schedule a visil, call 1--800-278-8585. Visit our Energy Efficiency booth Wrigley Stage on Crescent Ave. (at Sumner Ave.) October 13 & 14 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. As for the barge, from a mariner's point of view, it's beau- tiful. It was brilliantly designed and built by shipwright and skilled craftsmen with every attention to function and seawor- thiness. Robert and his partners worked tirelessly-on the project, not "hidden from view of the vil- lagers" but in their boat yard where all the floats and barges are built. They spent nearly half a million dollars and did it all on personal overtime while still run- ning their various businesses and caring for their families and households. Kudos! As far as its safety, the three most powerful towboats in the harbor will be tied to it with their competent captains on watch at all times. To all you crybaby landlub- bers, sitting in your cozy houses this winter, enjoying watching the stormy weather, try thinking about the real mariners that are out there saving the day, every- day. Perhaps you will worry less if Vons is out of bread and eggs or if the mail or newspaper is late if the Express is cancelled and you'll remember that this is a har- bor town. Give the brave mariners and sea captains a break! To all you politicians, maybe you can get busy with more important issues like reigning in the hotel owners from price goug- ing or giving poor Art Good a break on the entertainment taxes so he can afford to bring in all of that wonderful October income that this town takes for granted. And finally, for the visitors from Covina and wherever else who want to write a damaging let- ter about people you don't know. Sincerely, Captain James E Rail CAMINO DEL MONTE HAMILTON COVE AND PEBBLY BEACH HOUSING ONLY THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WILL BE Mattresses, bed frame or headboards, sofas, chairs, tables, dressers Washer, dryer, dish- washer, water heater, trash compactor, stove or oven, microwave NO SMALL APPLiANCe:S, ELECTRONICS;, COMPUTER EQUIPMEN7 HtCYCLES, CHILDREN'S TOYS, EXER- CISE EQUIPMENT, CON- STRUCTION MATERIALS, OR DECORATIVE ITEMS (lamps, rugs,etc.) Editor's Note: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA N An EDISON INTERNATIONAL Company www. sce. com In regards of the barge In the Avalon Bay Please address your comments to: California Coastal Commission Attn: Charles Posney 200 Ocean Gate Suite 1000 Long Beach, California 90802