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Friday, October 14, 2005 The CATALINA ISLANDER Page 5 By Doug Oudin Great fall weather continues to keep the West "End of the Island busy, with sailors, campers, fish- ermen, and divers. They all con- verged on their favorite coves and Island hideaways. With a prevail- ing mild Santa Ana condition bringing balmy temperatures dur- ing the daylight hours, and crisp, cool evenings, Island visitors have found the weather to be to their liking. Visitor counts remain steady. It is estimated that over 200 boats visited West End coves over the weekend, and the Two Harbors Campground was once again at full capacity. Many of the boaters visiting the Isthmus were here to enjoy the Bugs, Beers, and Blues Lob- ster Fest. One week following the opening of Lobster Season seemed to be the ideal time to put together an Island lobster feast. The staff of the Harbor Reef Restaurant and coordinator of special events, Becky Mucha, pooled their resources to make the event a big success. Offering a delightfully pre- pared local lobster as the main Lead guitarist and vocalist Jim Wdght of the band Unkle Monkey, plays the harp with the bassist and pianist Randell Briggs at Bugs, Beers and Blues last Saturday to celebrate the opening of lobster season. Photo by Sean Belk course for the meal, the guests at ered for the event, and all went the lobster fest had the entire out- away full, happy, and delightfully side patio/bar area setup for an satiated. evening of f'me dining and jovial Both local and visiting divers entertainment, were reaping the benefits of an Feasting on the exquisite fla- abundance of the delectable crea- vor of whole local lobster, tures in Island waters. Numerous washed down with an array of dive boats anchored along the distinctive micro-brewed ales, or Island's rocky shoreline in search selected wines, and dancing to of the highly prized crustaceans. live blues music under the stars Fishing, on the other hand, has on Catalina Island, was nothing slowed considerably in Island short of a little slice af paradise, waters, with the exception of an Nearly 100 lobster lovers gath- abundance of bonito and macker- el chasing isolated schools of anchovy and sardines. The Southern Cali- fornia Tuna Club found out over the weekend that Island fishing is on the slow side. They gathered at Fourth of July Cove for their fall Catalina Island fishing tournament. SCTC members put in hours searching for the elu- sive game fish that prowl Island waters. There wasn't much bragging heard around town, although rumor has it that one unidenti- fied boat caught and released two striped marlin. On the bright side, though, Bob Bailey, res- ident manager of Fourth of July Cove, wasn't about to let the Tuna Club members starve from the lack of fish. He brought in local chef Karen Hart- ley to barbecue steak and sword- fish (from Cisco's) for the 98 par- ticipating Tuna Club members. Wedding Bells Local lovebirds Katie Boutilli- er and Paul Chvostal announced their engagement this week, fol- lowing nine years of devoted and blissful romance. Katie, who works at the USC Wrigley Marine Waiter Michael Winn serves up lobster st .the Two Harbors bar and grill last Saturday that was cooked the very same day it was caught olrf the coast of Catalina. Photo by Sean Belk Science Center, and Paul, who works with Two Harbors Enter- prises Warehouse Department, have been nearly inseparable since they met while attending Cypress High School. They went off to college together, then moved to the Isthmus a few years ago. The High School sweet- hearts are planning ~ Spring wed-" ding. Continued from page 1 tion sensors that Bray refers to as "sniffers." They can uncover explosive devises that may be improvised and carried in travel baggage by terrorists and/or other threatening agents. Bray, who wrote tt~e grant proposal, said the equipment will be purchased after the city receives bids from various manu- facturers of the devices. "We will have to send out requests for proposals," said Bray. "I would say we could have the equipment by February or as early as January." According to Bray, the grant money, which will be drawn from the nation's Homeland Security funds, must be used to buy the items identified in the grant request. "Specifically, we need to buy the sniffers and the cameras," said Bray. "It's good equipment that will enable the harbor master office to monitor the area. We have a million people a year come through the Cabrillo Mole. It will be good to have these devices, especially if we have a heightened security risk or if the Maritime Security or MARSEC levels are elevated. Bray said that the harbor mas- ter's office currently has six surveillance cameras stationed around the Mole, with one at each of the ferry ramps. He said the new cameras will be of a much higher quality than the ones currently in use and will do more than supplement the surveillance already being done. "I'd say the cameras we have now are are between .5 and .7 megapixels. The new ones will be something like 3 megapixels and have much more clarity than anything we have had there before," said Bray. "This will bring it up to where it's high def- inition, with hand-held zoom so that facial features will be recog- nizable. Instead of being able to merely identify a man in a blue shirt, we can capture the entire image of a person." "If I could have it up and run- ning tomorrow, I would," said Bray. "It's always good to have an extra set of eyes for a visual deterrent." Bray s~id the new sniffer equipment will not have any applications for discovering ille- gal drugs and will only be of use in the war against terrorism in searching for explosives. This is the first grant that Bray has written and received for security equipment. However, he did write the application that secured a $100,000 grant for rest- room upgrades around the har- bor. He also successfully applied for a $43,000 grant that was awarded for new equipment that is used to pump out the heads on vessels that are moored in the harbor. For more information on the grants, call Brian Bray at (310) 510-0535. 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