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SERVING CATALINA &: every week - since 1914 ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS FRIDAY Oct. 20, 2017 VOLUME 103, ISSUE 42 Www.TH ECATALINAI SLAN DER. COM BRIEFS Catalina Island Conservancy receives $250,000 grant The Catalina Island Conser- vancy announced recently that it received a $250,000 grant from Andeavor to support its " NatureWorks program, a partner- ship with the Long Beach United School District that offers stu- dents experiences on Catalina. See story, page 3 On the Water Capt. John King is smitten with lobsters this year. He says lob- ster fishing is just plain fun, but that has been true since hoop- nets came to be. See story, page 4 Museum seeks community participation in Big Draw The BIG DRAW LA is back at the Catalina Island Museum. This countywide event stems from a worldwide, month-long move- ment designed to provide oppor- tunities for people of all ages to come together and draw. See story, page 5 Chamber updates marketing results Coming on the heels of a report pointing to an overall annual growth in tourism, the Catalina Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Bureau announced the results of their most recent mar- keting campaign period. See story, page 8 Catalina birthday promotion program ends Dec. 31 The Catalina Express birthday promotion--which introduced many new visitors to the won- ders of Catalina--will end for visitors and Island residents on Dec. 31. According to the ferry company, the six-year pro- gram resulted in 500,000 and 200,000 round-trip voyages. See story, page 8 Sheriff's Log Approximately $35,000 worth of antique Catalina Island tile was stolen. See story, page 10 The Avalon Lancers, pictured above, photo. For details, see page 7 won an away game against Laveme Lutheran last Saturday. Catalina visitor It was the Lancers' first league game of the season. Courtesy stats show Visitors and revenue according to the data. Overall, the total visitor-generated revenue was increase after first up by $457,000 to $11.2 million, quarter dip which is a 4 percent increase over last year, according to the report. Other results indicate the tran- BY DAVID N. YOUNG sient occupancy tax increased by 4 Statistics released this week by percent, harbor use fees were up 3 the Catalina Island Chamber of percent and cross-channel traffic saw a 2 percent increase. Commerce and Visitor's Bureau and In addition, visitor information the city of Avalon indicate visitor indicates the combined cruise and counts and revenue through June of cross channel passenger counts 2017 are up significantly over last year-to-date are up nearly 5 percent year, even after a first quarter dip and cruise passenger counts were up due to weather issues. The data indicatestax collections nearly 13 percent. Meanwhile, cruise ship dockings for the city of Avalon were generally showed the smallest growth at just up across the board while visitor counts are up as well. over 1 percent. Although the stats showed gener- Avalon's sales tax revenue al improvement, Chamber President showed significant growth over the Jim Luttjohann Said the numbers past year, increasing by 18 percent, were a bit lower than expected "due Avalon to talk with Island Company about workforce housing BY CHARLES M. KELLY to weather issues." For instance, he said bad weather prompted a drop in' the transient occupancy tax and hotel occupancy but thankfully, visitor increases pro- duced "record numbers" in April, June and July to more than make up for the dip. The increased revenue had much to do with "renovated hotel rooms" coming on line as well as a new adventure attraction at Descanso Beach Club, he said. The City Council introduced two new laws this week that will regulate marijuana use in Avalon. The coun- cil voted unanimously to approve a new law that will allow mobile distribution of medical marijuana on the Island, said City Attorney Scott Campbell. For now, the city will allow just one dispensary service to operate in Avalon. That business will be selected at another time, said Campbell. The council voted ,4-1 to allow personal cultivation of marijuana indoors and outdoors. Councilman Oley Olsen cast the dis- senting vote because he opposed outdoor cultivation According to the staff report, indivduals will be lim- ited to six marijuana plants on their entire property. Both ordinances will have to return to the next council meeting and be published before they become law. In other news: The council directed Campbell Regarding the future, Luttjohann to speak with the Catalina Island said the city and the Chamber are in the "early development of some stronger off season promotions" as they "continue to seek more busi- ness groups on the island." Finally, Luttjohann said Catalina is expe- riencing "an increase in filming," which he said will add to the trend. "Overall," he said, the Island's future "looks bright?' Company to develop a non-binding memorandum of understanding to build workforce housing. The council requsted more financial information about propos- als for a fuel dock restaurant. The council also wanted to know the California Coastal Commission's position on bringing pre-built res- taurant structures to the Island. From the Archives Annual Banquet Catalina Business Men's Association From the Catalina Islander, Thursday, January 16, 1936 Editor's note: This article is partHotel St. Catherine, the members of an ongoing series of reprints of and friends of the Catalina Island historic Catalina Islander articles. Business Men's Association sat It has been edited for space: down to a fine dinner. There were nearly ninety representative citizens BY C. H.S. of Avalon who made up the party, and they were privileged to listen On Thursday evening, at the. Archives, Page 11 The commander of the Avalon Sheriff's Station photographed this Islander by the side of the road. Photo by Capt. John Hocking. For details, see page 10