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KIDS SOCCER GOES ELECTRIC WITH DRAMA : , :9"'- , ._  :::;s,: . .... The city of Avalon's under-12 youth soccer league came to a thrilling close on Wednesday night, Nov. 16. With only two teams in the league, they had battled all year and after a rainout on the previous Sunday, they played the final game un- der the lights at Joe Machado field. It was the first night game for the kids and the electricity was in the air. To add to the atmo- sphere, Joe Sampson graced participants with his singing of the National Anthem and that re- ally set the tone for a great game. The score was tied 1-1 at the end of the first half and both teams had many chances to score but solid defense prevailed. Midway through the second half, the Black/Gold team scored on a comer kick that gave them the lead. It looked as though the game would end up that way until the Green team had a fast break that led to multiple shots the last with 3 seconds to go that was stopped on the goal line by David Luciano Torres-Zeller preserving the victory for the Black/Gold team. It was an amazing finish to a great season. The kids were all treated to pizza from Buffalo Nickel at the field and a lot of great sportsman- ship was shown. The league's organizers said they were thankful to the city of Avalon and Jennifer LaVelle for doing a great job with the entire youth soccer program and they are look- ing forward to the next year's season. Ship From page 1 Int. with MAC Maritime Ltd and URS recently became available. The project, if and when it would be built, Griffin said, would be paid for by the city of Avalon. The project would be self amor- tizing, meaning that it would be paid for from fees charged to the cruise lines using the facility. The intent is to increase wharfage fees charged to the cruise lines to a lev- el where the City of Avalon could continue to use what it collects now for general harbor expenses, and the additional fees wouH Buy a $100 Catalina Express Gift Card and get 2 FREE Commodore Lounge Seating Upgrades Ci'T9'LI-M# EXPRESS PURCHASE GIFT CARDS! Available for Sale at: Ticket Counters in Avalon, Long Beach & Dana Point, CatalinaExpress.corn and by Calling 800-995-4386 Offer Goed FoPurc/se  /fZ Otr/s  2 me One-Way Commo Lomp w any o4" oiler o scount pay for the facility. This concept has been discussed with various cruise lines. They don't mind the increase in fees because (1) there is a direct benefit to the line and its passengers and (2) the increase is offset from the savings realized by not having tO tender passengers to shore. The study showed three sce- narios that would accomplish the goal of creating a cruise ship berth in their own fashion. Griffin said most people who have seen the study thus far lean toward the third optio n , which is the least expensive and would have the least visual impacts. That option calls for a floating pier in three linked sections ultimately at- tached to the Mole. According to the study, their third option would have "virtu- ally no environmental impact" and could be folded and parked on days when their would be no cruise ship in Avalon Harbor. It would cost about $14.15 million. However, it "may be more sus- ceptible to ocean swells" than the other two options. The first option the study pre- sented would incorporate a tradi- tional pile supported platform. It would run parallel to the Mole and would "extend significantly into the mouth of Avalon Harbor." This option creates the most visual im- pacts for people recreating on the Harbor shore and could create nav- igational issues during the Island's busy season when more boats and ferry vessels are coming in an out of the harbor. It's estimated to cost around $26.55 million. The second option offered a stationary berth, similar to the first option, however i would be placed at a different angle more toward the open sea and would therefore have less visual impact than the first option. It would also allow for two cruise ships to berth at the same time. According to Griffin, it very rare there is a need to have two ships berth together. "It is not reason- able to assume that it would happen enough to justify the cost," Griffin said. The second option would cost an estimated $29.64 million. Another factor the study ex- plored was how long it would take to construct each option. The third option would take the least time and most of the work would be done off site and it would take about a month for its installation. According to Griffin, the other two options would take about nine months of extensive construction and require a large staging area. "The community would be ex- posed to the constant pounding of driving piles," Griffin said. "We don't think that's a good idea. Griffin said most people who have seen the study find the first and second unacceptable. "The third option is what the Chamber would like," Griffin said. "However, it is ultimately going to be up to the city." Griffin said the next step is to see if the berth can actually be built by conferring with various regula- tory and permitting agencies. "While it will be expensive, it is within the realm of possibility that it can be financed and can be done," Griffin said. ..... i ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 6 1 Friday, November 25, 2011 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER