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December 14, 2012

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Longterm agreement is for Two Harbors Cove. Facilities will also be available for rental by general -public The Fourth of July Yacht Club and the Santa Catalina Island Company signed a new.long,term agreement for the Fourth of July Cove:on Sunday~ Dec. 9.~The cove is located immediately adjacent to Two Harbors on the West End of Santa Catalina Island. The new agreement has an ini- tial term of 7 years plus an option for an additional fivd years, mak- ing it potentially effective through Dec. 31, 2024. "This was" a win-win agree- ment," said Bill Davidson who spearheaded the FJYC team tasked with negotiating a new lease with the Island Company. "We were seeking a long-term commitment for the cove to help attract and retain club members as welt as to justify additional investment in the facilities. "Thb Island Company Was will'- DESCANSO Enjoy Sunday Branch at Descar o Beach Club in one of(mr cabanas. Enjoy complimentary bottomless $35 per ing to give us that security, asking, in return, for our cooperation in al- lowing them to make the facilities available for other groups during the period of the year little used by our members, The new agreement maintains our member's ability to use t.he cove as they have in the past, provides FJYC a.partner in- vested in helping us upgrade and maintain the cove facilities, and creates an opportunity for others to enjoy a very special place." The agreement grants the yacht club with year-round use of the premises with unchanged priority access in the prime summer sea- son from April 15 through Oct. 15 and shared usage during the underutilized winter and spring months. In an effort to generate busi- ness for Two Harbors and provide greater opportunities for small groups wishing to visit Catalina during the off-season, the Island Company will begin marketing the Fourth of July Cove and its fa- cilities during those months as an "idyllic destination" for large fam- ily reunions, corporate retreats, yoga groups, hiking clubs, scuba diving clubs and other similar market segments. Facilities at the cove include a large dining room, deck and a commercial kitchen that can serve meals for up to 125 people. The cove can also accommodate up to 55 guests overnight in cabins and tents with cots. The facilities in- clude separate men's and women's shower and bathroom buildings, a children's pavilion equipped for games and movies at night, and paddle tennis, volleyball, bocce Two Harbors remains popular with boaters of all kinds. Courtesy photo ball courts and a pier. Island Company officials re- portedly plan to help upgrade some of the cove facilities and has committed to unspecified capital improvements over the next 18 months. Previously, the on-site club manager and yacht club vol- unteers were performing almost all of the work necessary to main- tain the expansive facility. "As we have learned in Ava- lon, the off-season on Santa Cata- lina Island--previously known as the 'un-discovered' season--rep- resents an undeveloped business opportunity for our creative mar- keting and operations staff. This agreement with FJYC ensures a well-maintained facility for yacht club members during, their sum- mer ~eason, while allowing other groups and organizations access BlueSea Care Services "Our Care Is As Unique as you Are/" 949-554-5411 Established 1993 Visit Our website: ~i ~ ~'~ ExpedenceAging Safe~, with ~ R " " R dignily & with one of our Lo no rresaooeas BlueSea taea~ in Seal Beach Care Services ~1~ i~ to this beautiful cove the rest of the year," said J. Paul DeMyer, senior vice president of real estate for the Island Company. The Fourth of July Yacht Club was founded in the late 1950s when several yachtsmen signed an agreement with the Island Com- pany to lease the cove and its fa- cilities after the Girl Scouts relin- quished it. By the mid-1970s, the group had accumulated enough members to become a non-profit corporation. The Banning Family, who owned the Island from 1894 to 1919 and built a home in Two Har- bors that now serves as the Ban- ning House Lodge, gave Fourth of July Cove its name after picnick- ing at the cove. Visiting the idyl- lic beach and cove was one of the family's favorite traditions. For information about book- ing the Fourth of July Cove. visit www. From page 1 ,i state New York, enlisted in the U.S.-Navy during World.War II when he was 16, although he was tmderage, his strapping physique convinced recruiters he was older than he was. He was chosen for a "strong swimmer" unit and there he began his lifelong love of exploring the ocean through scuba diving. Perkins started in scuba using experimental equipment before being issued the scuba gear that Jacques Cousteau and Emile Gag- nan developed. He eventually be- came part of the Navy's Underwa- ter Demolition Team. In time, he became an expert scuba diver. After the war, Perkins, then 19, returned to Southern California. While in San Pedro, he pure chased the salvage rights to a schooner that had sunk. After he reclaimed the boat, the novice sailor took the boat out beyond the harbor area and got "lost" at seas with only a canteen of water. The legend is that he bumped into Catalina and decided to make it his home. , Perkins lived in Avalon for 65 years as a confirmed bachelor. SINGING WATERS SERVING THE CHURCH, REACHING THE ISLAND 346 CATAUNA AVE THURSDAY GATHERING 7Pbl 6 1 Friday, December 14, 2012 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER