February 28, 2018

VENTURA PORT DISTRICT
BOARD OF PORT COMMISSIONERS

Everard Ashworth, Chairman
Brian Brennan, Vice Chairman
Jim Friedman, Secretary
Chris Stephens, Commissioner
Oscar Peña, General Manager
Timothy Gosney, Legal Counsel
Jessica Rauch, Clerk of the Board
PORT COMMISSION AGENDA
REGULAR MEETING
FEBRUARY 28, 2018 AT 7:00PM
VENTURA PORT DISTRICT OFFICE
1603 ANCHORS WAY DRIVE
VENTURA, CA 93001
A Closed Session of the Board will be held at 5:30PM at the
Port District Office located at 1603 Anchors Way Drive, Ventura, CA,
to discuss the items on the Attachment to AgendaClosed
Session Conference with Legal Counsel.
The Board will convene in Open Session at the Port District Office
located at 1603 Anchors Way Drive for its Regular Meeting at 7:00PM.
ADMINISTRATIVE AGENDA:
CALL TO ORDER: By Chair Everard Ashworth.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: By Chair Everard Ashworth.
ROLL CALL: By the Clerk of the Board.
ADOPTION OF AGENDA (3 minutes)
Consider and approve, by majority vote, minor revisions to agenda items and/or attachments and any
item added to, or removed/continued from the Port Commission’s agenda. Administrative Reports relating
to this agenda and materials related to an item on this agenda submitted after distribution of the agenda
packet are available for public review at the Port District’s office located at 1603 Anchors Way Drive,
Ventura, CA during business hours as well as on the District’s website – www.venturaharbor.com (Port
District Business-Port Commission & Meeting Schedule). Each item on the agenda shall be deemed to
include action by an appropriate motion, resolution or ordinance to take action on any item.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES (3 minutes)
The Minutes of the February 14, 2018 Regular Meeting will be considered for approval.
PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS (3 minutes)
The Public Communications period is set aside to allow public testimony on items not on today’s agenda.
Each person may address the Commission for up to three minutes or at the discretion of the Chair.
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CLOSED SESSION REPORT (3 minutes)
Closed Sessions are not open to the public pursuant to the Brown Act. Any reportable actions taken by
the Commission during Closed Session will be announced at this time.
BOARD COMMUNICATIONS (5 minutes)
Port Commissioner’s may present brief reports on port issues, seminars, meetings and literature that
would be of interest to the public and/or Commission, as a whole. In addition, Port Commissioners should
provide a brief summary and disclose any discussions he or she may have had with any Port District
Tenants related to Port District business.
DEPARTMENTAL AND GENERAL MANAGERS REPORTS (5 minutes)
Ventura Port District Staff and General Manager will give the Commission reports on their Department
and items of general interest to the Port Commission and members of the public.
LEGAL COUNSEL REPORT (5 minutes)
STANDARD AGENDA:
1) Portside Ventura Harbor Project Update
Recommended Action: Information.
That the Board of Port Commissioners receive an update from Michael Sondermann and the
City of Ventura on the progress of the Portside Ventura Harbor Project.
2) Approval of 2018 Aquaculture Sea Grant
Recommended Action: Voice Vote.
That the Board of Port Commissioners authorize the General Manager to submit the application
for NOAA Sea Grant 2018 of approximately $300,000 with a District and VSE partners match of
approximately $277,210 of in-kind contribution.
3) Ventura Harbor Village Painting Project
Recommended Action: Discussion.
That the Board of Port Commissioners provide direction to staff regarding scope of work and
next steps for the Ventura Harbor Village Painting Project.
AGENDA PLANNING GUIDE AND REQUEST FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
ADJOURNMENT
This agenda was posted on Friday, February 23, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.
at the Port District Office and on the Internet –
www.venturaharbor.com (Port District Business-Port Commission & Meeting Schedule).

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this
meeting, please contact the Ventura Port District at (805) 642-8538. Notification 48 hours before the
meeting will enable the District to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility.
(28 CFR 35.102.35.104 ADA Title II)
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ATTACHMENT TO PORT COMMISSION AGENDA
CLOSED SESSION CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2018
1. Conference with Real Property Negotiators – Per Government Code Section 54956.8:

a) Property:
Negotiating Parties:
Under Negotiation:
Parcel 5 and Parcel 8
Oscar Peña, Brian Pendleton, Timothy Gosney
Lease Negotiations with H. Parker Hospitality
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BOARD OF PORT COMMISSIONERS
FEBRUARY 28, 2018
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
FEBRUARY 14, 2018 MEETING
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VENTURA PORT DISTRICT
BOARD OF PORT COMMISSIONERS
MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 14, 2018
The Regular Meeting of the Ventura Board of Port Commissioners was
called to order by Chairman Everard Ashworth at 7:27PM at the Ventura
Port District Administration Office, 1603 Anchors Way Drive, Ventura,
CA 93001.
Commissioners Present:
Everard Ashworth, Chairman
Brian Brennan, Vice Chairman
Jim Friedman, Secretary
Nikos Valance
Chris Stephens
Commissioners Absent:
None
Port District Staff:
Oscar Peña, General Manager
Brian Pendleton, Deputy General Manager
John Higgins, Harbormaster
Gloria Adkins, Accounting Manager
Joe Gonzalez, Facilities Manager
Robin Baer, Property Manager
Frank Locklear, Marina Manager
Jennifer Talt-Lundin, Marketing Manager
Richard Parsons, Consultant
Jessica Rauch, Clerk of the Board
Legal Counsel:
Timothy Gosney
Dominic Nunneri
AGENDA
CALL TO ORDER: By Chairman Everard Ashworth at 7:27PM.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: By Commissioner Friedman.
ROLL CALL: All Commissioners were present.
ADOPTION OF AGENDA
ACTON: Commissioner Brennan moved, seconded by Commissioner Stephens and
carried by a vote of 5-0 to adopt the February 14, 2018 agenda.

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APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The Minutes of January 24, 2018 Regular meeting were considered as follows:
ACTION: Commissioner Brennan moved, seconded by Commissioner Friedman and
carried by a vote of 5-0 to approve the minutes of the January 24, 2018
regular meeting.
PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS: Sam Sadove asked if Pirate Days will be occurring this year and
when.
CLOSED SESSION REPORT: Mr. Gosney stated that the Board met in closed session;
discussed and reviewed all items on the closed session agenda. Staff was given instructions on
how to proceed as appropriate and there was no action taken that is reportable under The
Brown Act.
BOARD COMMUNICATIONS: Commissioner Ashworth announced that he will be speaking at
Aquaculture America 2018 in Las Vegas next week.
STAFF COMMUNICATIONS: Mr. Parsons informed the Commission that the Fiscal Year 2019
Presidential Budget has been posted and we are in it for $5.37M, which probably won’t be
adequate.
LEGAL COUNSEL REPORT: Mr. Gosney apologized for the Monthly report not being
distributed before the meeting. The Commission will be receiving it tomorrow.
CONSENT AGENDA:
A) Approval of Out of Town Travel Requests
Recommended Action: Voice Vote.
That the Board of Port Commissioners approve the out of town travel requests for Deputy
General Manager, Brian Pendleton, Consultant, Richard Parsons, and Commissioner Brian
Brennan.
ACTION: Commissioner Brennan moved, seconded by Commissioner Friedman and
carried by a vote of 5-0 to approve the out of town travel requests for
Deputy General Manager, Brian Pendleton, Consultant, Richard Parsons,
and Commissioner Brian Brennan.
B) Approval of New Office Lease Agreement for Jones Construction
Recommended Action: Voice Vote.
That the Board of Port Commissioners approve a new Office Lease Agreement between the
Ventura Port District dba Ventura Harbor Village and Jones Construction for the premises
located at 1575 Spinnaker Drive #205, consisting of a total of 1,326 square feet for a three year
term and a three option.
ACTION: Commissioner Brennan moved, seconded by Commissioner Friedman and
carried by a vote of 5-0 to approve a new Office Lease Agreement between
the Ventura Port District dba Ventura Harbor Village and Jones
Construction for the premises located at 1575 Spinnaker Drive #205,
consisting of a total of 1,326 square feet for a three year term and a three
option.
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C) Approval of Amendment No. 1 to Professional Services Agreement with Noble
Consultants for Fish Pier Deck Concrete Coring and Testing
Recommended Action: Voice Vote.
That the Board of Port Commissioners approve Amendment No. 1 to the Professional Services
Agreement with Noble Consultants for additional inspection of the Fish Pier Concrete Decks in
the amount of $27,204.00.
ACTION: Commissioner Brennan moved, seconded by Commissioner Friedman and
carried by a vote of 5-0 to approve Amendment No. 1 to the Professional
Services Agreement with Noble Consultants for additional inspection of the
Fish Pier Concrete Decks in the amount of $27,204.00.
D) Termination of Lease Agreement with Ventura Fish Company and Approval of New
Lease Agreement with Ventura Fresh Fish, LLC dba Ventura Harbor Dockside Market
Recommended Action: Voice Vote.
That the Board of Port Commissioners:
a) Approve the termination of a lease agreement for Ventura Fish Company, dated October
1, 2016 for the premises located at 1449 Spinnaker Drive #F, consisting of 563 square
feet; and
b) Approve a new retail lease agreement for the premises located at 1449 Spinnaker Drive
#F, consisting of 563 square feet between the Ventura Port District dba Ventura Harbor
Village and Ventura Fresh Fish, LLC dba Ventura Harbor Dockside Market for a twoyear
term and a three year option.
ACTION: Commissioner Brennan moved, seconded by Commissioner Friedman and
carried by a vote of 5-0 to approve the termination of a lease agreement for
Ventura Fish Company, dated October 1, 2016 for the premises located at
1449 Spinnaker Drive #F, consisting of 563 square feet; and approve a new
retail lease agreement for the premises located at 1449 Spinnaker Drive #F,
consisting of 563 square feet between the Ventura Port District dba Ventura
Harbor Village and Ventura Fresh Fish, LLC dba Ventura Harbor Dockside
Market for a two-year term and a three year option.
STANDARD AGENDA:
1) Termination of Lease Agreement with Milano’s Ventura, Inc. dba Milano’s Italian
Restaurant and Approval of First Amendment to the Lease Agreement with Brophy
and Sons, Inc. dba Brophy Bros. Restaurant & Clam Bar
Recommended Action: Voice Vote.
That the Board of Port Commissioners:
a) Approve the termination of a lease agreement with Milano’s Ventura, Inc. dba Milano’s
Italian Restaurant, dated June 16, 2015, for the premises located at 1559 Spinnaker
Drive #100, consisting of 1,864 square feet; and
b) Approve the First Amendment to the lease agreement between the Ventura Port District
dba Ventura Harbor Village and Brophy and Sons, Inc. dba Brophy Bros. Restaurant &
Clam Bar. This First Amendment adds 1559 Spinnaker Drive #100 (consisting of 1,864
square feet) to the Premises under the existing lease with Brophy and Sons, Inc. dba
Brophy Bros. Restaurant & Clam Bar. The existing lease has approximately nine years
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remaining in the term, if the tenant exercises the second five year option to extend the
lease.
ACTION: Commissioner Friedman, seconded by Commissioner Valance and carried
by a vote of 5-0 to approve the termination of a lease agreement with
Milano’s Ventura, Inc. dba Milano’s Italian Restaurant, dated June 16, 2015,
for the premises located at 1559 Spinnaker Drive #100, consisting of 1,864
square feet; and approve the first amendment to the lease agreement for
the premises located at 1559 Spinnaker Drive #100, consisting of 1,864
square feet between the Ventura Port District dba Ventura Harbor Village
and Brophy and Sons, Inc. dba Brophy Bros. Restaurant & Clam Bar for a
nine year term.
2) Approval of Fiscal Year 2017 – 2018 Mid-Year Budget Adjustments and Capital
Improvement Plan
Recommended Action: Roll Call Vote.
That the Board of Port Commissioners adopt Resolution No. 3346 authorizing the Mid-Year Budget
Adjustments for Fiscal Year 2017-18.
ACTION: Commissioner Brennan moved, seconded by Commissioner Stephens and
carried by a vote of 5-0 to adopt Resolution No. 3346 authorizing the Mid-Year
Budget Adjustments for Fiscal Year 2017-18.
Commissioner Brennan reminded staff to look at the new property tax
adjustments.
AGENDA PLANNING GUIDE AND REQUEST FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS: Commissioner
Stephens would like the painting project discussion brought back to the Commission.
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 7:57PM.
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Secretary
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BOARD OF PORT COMMISSIONERS
FEBRUARY 28, 2018
DEPARTMENTAL STAFF REPORTS
DREDGING
FEDERAL
FACILITIES
MARINA
MARKETING
PROPERTY
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RWP DREDGING MANAGEMENT
Richard W. Parsons
2271 Los Encinos Road
Ojai, California 93023
Phone/Fax (805) 649-9759
February 28, 2018
Board of Port Commissioners
Ventura Port District
1603 Anchors Way Drive
Ventura, CA 93001
Subject: January/February 2018 Dredging Activities and Special Projects Report
The Dredging Program Manager’s activities for the January/February 2018 period are reviewed
below:
FY2018 Federal Dredging Effort
The Corps of Engineer’s dredging contractor, Manson Construction, began the maintenance
dredging of the harbor entrance channel on February 1, 2018. By Sunday, February 18, they
had removed about 510,500 cubic yards of material, but were forced to suspend operations at
that point due to rising seas. Manson presently hopes to resume operations on Saturday,
February 24, and the remaining contract yardage of 89,500 cubic yards will be removed by
Monday, February 26, 2018. Assuming that is accomplished, the harbor entrance and sand
traps will be in excellent condition with less than 100,000 cubic yards remaining in all potential
dredge areas.
FY2019 Federal Dredging Appropriations
The Administrations FY2019 proposed budget includes $5,370,000 for the maintenance
dredging of Ventura Harbor. It is unlikely that that funding level will provide for an adequate
dredging effort in early 2019. For that reason, the District supports the inclusion of $8,000,000 in
the FY2019 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill. Due to the no earmark rule that
the Congress has imposed upon itself, however, that body will not be able to increase the
Administrative funding proposal when drafting the appropriation legislation. We will, however, be
urging the Corps of Engineers to include additional funding for Ventura Harbor in FY2018 work
plan, which then could be carried over to FY2019 to support next year’s dredging effort. The
work plan should be put together in April or May of this year.
Regulatory Matters
1. A new Department of the Army permit (attached) has been secured for the Port District’s
dredging efforts within the harbor. The permit will be valid until January 25, 2023.
2. The District’s various dredging permits require sampling and analysis every three years of
the sediments proposed to be dredged. The District’s existing sampling results will expire
late this year and thus the process of collecting new samples is beginning. The first step is
to have a bathymetric survey of all channel areas within the harbor performed. A
professional services agreement is being put together with Fugro to conduct the survey for a
fee of $9,500. The work will be performed in April and will be coordinated with a similar effort
in the Ventura Keys for the City of Ventura.
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Parking Lot Repairs and Slurry Seal
Toro Enterprises has completed the pavement repairs and crack sealing phases of their
$344,444.00 contract with the Port District for parking lots throughout the harbor. The final
phase of the work; the slurry sealing and restriping, has been postponed to late April/early May
time frame when warmer, drier conditions will assure a better finished product.
Fish Pier Deck
With the Commission’s approval of a $27,204 professional services agreement with Noble
Consultants for additional investigation of the fish pier deck structure, that firm is now
scheduling the coring effort for March 2018 and the analytic work for April.
Respectfully submitted,
Richard Parsons Dredging and Special Projects Consultant
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January/February 2018 Update
Administration Releases its Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Proposal
On February 12th the Administration released their FY19 budget proposal. The
budget proposal signifies the starting point for the annual appropriations cycle
which will play out in Congress over the course of the calendar year. Large portions
of the budget proposal are deemed “dead on arrival” by Congress, but it is important
to understand what the Administration is proposing in order to gain a good
understanding of the work that lays ahead in the House and Senate Appropriations
Committees.
For the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), the Administration proposes an overall
funding level of $4.8B. This level is $202M below the Administration’s FY18
proposal, but higher than the $4.6B proposed during the last year of the Obama
Administration. By major account this proposal further breaks down to the
following:
 $82M general investigations
 $872M construction
 $2.077B operation and maintenance
The proposal does not recommend any new studies or any new construction
projects to be initiated. Rather the proposal seeks to complete six feasibility studies
(out of 24 funded in the recommendation) as well as to complete one construction
project (out of the 26 funded in the recommendation). The proposal also priorities
dam safety projects.
For comparison purposes, below please find a chart which shows the
Administration’s starting point for the Corps in FY16, FY17 and the increases that
Congress made during the respective appropriations cycle. Congress has yet to
complete work on the FY18 appropriations bills so instead of providing a
comparison for FY18 between the Administration’s proposal and Congress, we show
a comparison of the Administration’s FY18 and FY19 proposals.
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Account/Activity FY16 President’s Budget Request
vs FY16 Omnibus
FY17 President’s Budget Request vs
FY17 Omnibus
FY18 President’s Budget vs FY19
President’s Budget
General Investigations
(GI) $97,000,000/$121,000,000 $85,000,000/$121,000,000 $86,000,000/$82,000,000 $4M reduction
Construction General
(CG) $1,172,000,000/$1,862,250,000 $1,090,000,000/$1,876,000,000 $1,020,000,000/$872,000,000 $184M
reduction
Mississippi River and
Tributaries (MR&T) $225,000,000/$345,000,000 $1,090,000,000/$1,876,000,000 $253,000,000/$245,000,000 $8M
reduction
Operation and
Maintenance (O&M) $2,710,000,000/$3,137,000,000 $2,705,000,000/$3,149,000,000 $3,100,000,000/$2,705,000,000 $1.023B
reduction
New Start Designations 2 studies and 4 construction/10
studies and 6 construction
1 construction for Mud Mountain
Dam, WA/6 studies and 6
construction
None/None
The Administration’s budget provides funding only to those projects which have a
benefit-to-cost ratio of 2.5 to 1 or higher using the OMB preferred discount rate of
7%. This is a higher bar than Congress uses for authorization purposes. Using these
metrics, the Administration’s budget leaves out a number of worthy projects which
is why Congress provides a mechanism for funding additional projects (or as the
case may be increasing funding for projects identified in the Corps budget proposal)
through the annual work plan process. The work plan process happens after
Congress finalizes the appropriations package for any given year. But back to the
FY19 budget proposal for the Corps…
For the Ventura Harbor, the FY19 Administration proposes the following:
 $5.37M for annual O&M dredging of the Harbor
Congress is tentatively planned to hold hearings on the Corps FY19 budget proposal
on February 27th in the House and March 14th in the Senate. These dates have not
been publicly noticed and are subject to change.
In conjunction with the FY19 budget release the President also released his longawaited
infrastructure proposal. We will have a full update on the infrastructure
proposal in a subsequent report.
Congress Approves Bipartisan Budget Agreement
As part of the negotiations for a fifth continuing resolution (CR), Congress agreed to
a new two-year bipartisan budget agreement. This action paved the way for
passage of a CR of the FY18 appropriations bills until March 23rd and also a disaster
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supplemental largely focusing on impacted areas from hurricanes Maria, Irma and
Harvey and California wildfires.
Agreement on the budget is significant as total non-defense discretionary funding
would get an 11.6 percent increase in FY18 over the FY17 enacted level as well as an
additional 3.2 percent increase in 2019. Compared to the spending caps in the
Budget Control Act, the deal provides an increase of $130.7 billion over two years.
Furthermore, prior to this deal non-defense discretionary spending peaked in
FY2010 at $537 billion. Under the deal FY19 spending will rise to $597 billion —
$60 billion above the FY10 figure.
New spending includes the following categories, in billions of dollars:
FY18 FY19 Total
a. NIH 1 1 2
b. Opioids/Mental Health 3 3 6
c. Veterans Health 2 2 4
d. Infrastructure 10 10 20
e. Child Care 2.9 2.9 5.8
f. Higher Education 2 2 4
TOTAL, PROMISES 20.9 20.9 41.8
Changes Continue in California Delegation
Two senior members of the California delegation announced they will not seek
reelection. House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-Brea) will leave Congress
after serving 13 terms. As a senior member of the Committee on Financial Services,
Royce has also played an active role in banking and housing issues during his
tenure. After nine terms, former Government Reform & Oversight chairman Darrell
Issa also announced that he will not seek reelection. Both seats represent
opportunities for Democrats.
Senator Kamala Harris gave up her seat on the Environment & Public Works
Committee, which oversees many programs important to California, for a seat on the
Judiciary Committee. There she will join Dianne Feinstein, who serves as the
committee’s ranking member. Harris will remain a member of the Homeland
Security, Budget, Select Intelligence, and Governmental Affairs committees.
Congressional Retirements Continue
Elsewhere in Congress, the list of retirements continues to grow. House
Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) will step down at the end of
the year. He joins Transportation & Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA),
Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Budget Chairwoman Diane
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Black (R-TN) [Black has already been replaced by Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma], and
Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).
In the House, a total of 41 Republicans have or will retire by the end of the current
Congress against 17 Democrats who are leaving. Many of these Members are
leaving to run for the Senate or Governor and most are in districts considered safe
for their party to maintain control. Nonetheless, before the primary season has
begun, 2019 is already shaping up to have another large freshman class.
In the Senate, three Republicans up for re-election have announced their
retirements. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the most senior Republican in the chamber, will
step down after seven terms. Joining him are Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Jeff
Flake (R-AZ).
Water Resources Development Act
Committees in both House and Senate have accelerated their hearing schedules in
preparation of another Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) in 2018 and
maintaining a biennial reauthorization goal. It is too early to tell if this year’s WRDA
effort will be bundled into a larger infrastructure proposal or move on its own, but it
is likely bills will be reported out of committee by early summer and ready to move
forward when leadership decides on their further path.
Thus far, hearings have focused on civil works’ needs, ways to improve project
delivery times, and alternative funding options for flood risk and navigation
projects. As noted elsewhere, the President’s infrastructure plans include proposals
to expand federal loan programs such as WIFIA to incorporate traditional Corps of
Engineers’ projects while allowing greater flexibility for non-federal sponsors to
assume a larger role in funding and conducting feasibility studies and construction.
Waters of the United States Wades Into Deeper Chaos
The confusion that has marked the legal definition of “the waters of the United
States” under the Clean Water Act took a new step into chaos. The Supreme Court, in
a 9-0 ruling, struck down a Sixth Circuit stay blocking the implementation of the
Obama Administration’s final “WOTUS” rule. The Court ruled that challenges to the
rule must start at the district court level and work their way through the federal
judicial system. At stake is the determination of what bodies of water are subject to
federal permitting actions for construction or operation.
The Court’s action would put the Obama-era rule into effect in 33 states. However,
the EPA quickly moved to finalize a rule to delay implementation of the Obama rule
by two years as it develops its own replacement. The Attorney General of New York
is leading a coalition to block the new rule blocking the older rule. Meanwhile, many
organizations are lining up to oppose the Trump Administration’s final rule as soon
as it is published.
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It is almost certain that the Supreme Court will again hear cases related to the scope
of the Clean Water Act. However, it could take two, four, or even more years before
a clear definition of the “Waters of the United States” is settled. In the meantime, the
Corps of Engineers and EPA are applying a mostly ad hoc approach to permit
applications relying mostly on criteria established before the high court’s Rapanos
ruling in 2006.
Justice to Subpoena Cities Over Sanctuary Policies
In letters to 23 jurisdictions, the Justice Department requested documents
“reflecting any orders, directives, instructions, or guidance to your law enforcement
employees” about how to “communicate with the Department of Justice, the
Department of Homeland Security, and/or Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”
Failure to turn over the documents would trigger a federal subpoena for the
information.
The letters caused mayors to boycott a planned meeting with President Trump to
discuss infrastructure and other issues. The Justice Department demanded records
relating to whether the cities are “unlawfully restricting information sharing by law
enforcement officers with federal immigration authorities.”
According to senior officials at DOJ, if these jurisdictions cannot prove they are
complying with federal law, Justice would move to withhold federal funding and
demand the return of 2016 federal funding already received. The Department’s
legal authority to withhold or claw back funding is in dispute, with federal courts so
far refusing to side with the Administration.
The jurisdictions that received letters include the States of California, Illinois, and
Oregon; the Counties of Monterey, Sonoma, Sacramento, and San Francisco (and
Cook County, Illinois and Denver, Colorado); and the Cities of Berkeley, Fremont,
Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Watsonville, California, and also Denver and New
York City.
Confirmations and Nominations
The Senate confirmed Rickey Dale “R.D.” James by a vote of 89-1 to be the
Assistant Secretary of the Army (ASA) for Civil Works, which oversees the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers. His first day as the ASA was February 12th.

The President withdrew his nomination of Kathleen Hartnett White to lead the
Council on Environmental Quality. She failed to garner support after her
nomination last year. The President resubmitted her nomination in early January,
but opposition to her confirmation continued to grow.
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VENTURA PORT DISTRICT
DEPARTMENTAL STAFF REPORT Meeting Date: February 28, 2018
TO: Board of Port Commissioners
FROM: Joe A. Gonzalez, Facilities Manager
SUBJECT: January 2018 Facilities Report
FACILITIES
Continuing to perform preventative maintenance on certain areas that need immediate attention on the
Ventura Harbor Village buildings to prevent dry rot damaged to existing areas, this include sills, trim, and
other areas.
Before After

Due to three seperate vehicle accidents recently, two domestic water backflows were damaged and one fire
hydrant was replaced. Both backflows were adjecent to Spinnaker Drive and the fire hydrant was within the
village parking lot planter across from the 1567 building.

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MARINA
Continue to perform monthly inspections on all gangways, docks, fire extinguisher, fire dock boxes and fish
pier cranes.
MARKETING
The Maintenance Department continues to provide assistance to the Marketing Department on weddings,
set-up for events, during events, installation of banners/flyers, or whatever the needs are to make a
successful event.
ON-GOING PROJECTS
1583 Elevator Modernization: Thyssenkrupp Elevator
Company has notified the District that all ordered parts for
the Modernization project have been delivered.
Thyssenkrupp have started the project and it is going as
plan. The elevator is scheduled to have the final inspection
from the State Department of Industrial Relations Division
of Occupational Safety & Health. If inspections go well, the
elevator is expected to be turned over to the District on
February 28, 2018.

Harbor Cove and Surfers Knoll: Powerhouse
Construction has been hired to replace the top layer of
cinder block on the retaining walls at Harbor Cove beach
and Surfers Knoll beach. The repairs are approximately
1,000 ft. of the top layer of the block wall. The cause was
due to rusting rebar expanding. This project was in our
Capital Improvement Budget for this fiscal year and
stayed within the approved budget of $20,000.

Re-Roofing Phase ll (1431, 1591, 1691): The roofing project is going well. Unfortunately, the weather is too
cold to spray the last finishing water coating on the flat top of the roof area. Garland Construction claims
that all three roofs are sealed and no water damage should occur if we experience any type of rains. The
rain gutters are on final approval from staff and Garland will start the installation of the gutters after the
approved design.
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VENTURA PORT DISTRICT
DEPARTMENTAL STAFF REPORT Meeting Date: February 28, 2018
TO: Board of Port Commissioners
FROM: Frank Locklear, Marina Manager / Technology
SUBJECT: January 2018 Marina Report
VENTURA HARBOR VILLAGE MARINA OCCUPANCY AND SQUID PRODUCTION
The marina slip occupancy has remained at near 100%. Squid landings did not increase during
February as previously expected. The squid physically remained small and the Southern
California Squid buyers have chosen to allow the squid roe to continue to mature.
As of the current date, statewide, we’re at 73,196 ST (62% of quota) with a street market value
of $234,227,200.
Southern California (San Pedro, Port Hueneme, Ventura) captured 74% of the statewide total at
54,195 ST.
Ventura Harbor captured 22% of the statewide catch and 48% of the Southern California catch
at 26,045 ST with a street market value of $83,344,000.
The industry projects we will have a significantly larger volume in the 2018 season, which opens
on April 1st, 2018.
OTHER COMMERCIAL FISHING NEWS
On December 21, 2017, Dr. Craig Fusaro retired from his position as Head of the Joint Oil
Fisheries Liaison Committee, a position he held for 34 years. Dr. Fusaro’s contributions to
conflict resolution between the commercial fishing industry and the offshore oil industry, won
him the title of “Peacekeeper of the Channel Islands”. Dr. Fusaro’s importance to both industries
have been summarized in the attached article from the Santa Barbara News Press that
announced his retirement.
Dr. Fusaro was originally introduced to his position 34 years ago by John B. Richards of
California Sea Grant.
John feels the possibility of reactivating the existing oil platforms and/or increased oil exploration
within the Channel Islands may occur due to the current political climate in Washington.
On February 2, 2018, I met with John and Dr. Mary Nishimoto of the Marine Science Institute of
the University of Santa Barbara. Dr. Nishimoto has been hired to continue the work of Dr.
Fusaro.
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After 34 years, Dr. Craig Fusaro is retiring as
head of the Joint Oil Fisheries Liaison
Committee, a job that required him to
remain neutral between the fish and oil
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Peacekeeper of the Channel set to retire
Peter C. Howorth
December 10, 2017 7:35 AM
The peacekeeper of the Santa Barbara
Channel and Santa Maria Basin is retiring
after 34 years on the job. You’d think his
name would be a household word in Santa
Barbara, but comparatively few members of
the public have even heard of him.
Enter Dr. Craig Fusaro, head of the Joint Oil
Fisheries Liaison Committee.
The story of his 34-year tenure began when
John Richards, the marine adviser for the
UC Cooperative Extension, California Sea
Grant Program, served as a neutral
technical adviser for the oil and fishery
industries. Mr. Richards provided
information on both industries to better aid
in communications between them.
As oil activities increased, conflicts arose
between the fish and oil industries. Mr.
Richards saw the need for another party to
help resolve such conflicts. The Joint Oil
Fishery Liaison Office was created.
Advertisements went out and 22 people
applied for the job.
Dr. Craig Fusaro walked in to the selection
committee with a written plan for
accomplishing the task – and got the job.
The selection committee had emphasized
that the person must be neutral on the
issues. It was conditional in that the job
would last one year – it lasted 34.
A few years earlier, Dr. Fusaro had received his Ph.D. at UC Santa Barbara for
studies on the sand crab. In 1981, Dr. Fusaro started teaching general biology at
Santa Barbara City College. He created classes in environmental biology and
environmental field studies during his 18-year tenure there.
In 1998, he started a course in ocean resource management at UCSB’s
environmental science and management, which later became the Bren School. He
taught there for two years.
Meanwhile, his work at the Joint Oil Fisheries Office was becoming increasingly
busy. Conflicts arose over geophysical seismic ships scouring the sea floor in this
region in search of oil and gas reserves. The fishermen believed the noise for the
exploration was scaring away the fish and even compromising larval forms.
Both industries had their own “experts,” who sided with the industry they
represented. The two sides created a list of experts who they felt were objective
and ultimately agreed upon them to study the issue.
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This is one example of why Dr. Fusaro has remained out of the limelight. Both
industries agreed that they wanted to leave the media out of the equation, wanting
to see if they could negotiate on compromises satisfactory to both parties.
Sometimes state and federal agencies were involved when both parties agreed
that some regulations or policies were needed.
Another conflict arose as to where the oil boats traveled. In some cases, they were
running over fishing buoys, so vessel traffic lanes were worked out.
Conflicts arose with the installation of new oil platforms and pipelines. In some
cases, the barges used to install the pipelines left huge gouges on the sea floor,
furrowing it so that trawl fishers could not work there.
The list goes on, including helping clean up sea floor debris, providing storage
yards for the fishermen, creating the California Seafood Council, and securing
grants for new fishing techniques.
Dr. Fusaro also served on the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary advisory
council, California Trout, a nonprofit stream conservation organization and NOAA’s
scientific and technical advisory team to assist in developing a recovery plan for
steelhead.
For his retirement, Dr. Fusaro will hang a “Gone fishing” sign on his door and
spend his time trout fishing, and as he puts it, “continuing to learn to play the
guitar.”
Dr. Fusaro will retire on December 21. A selection committee will look for a
replacement, but finding someone to fill his wading boots will be virtually
impossible.
Peter Howorth has followed the sea for more than 50 years, first as a competitive
free diver, surfer and professional diver. He captured marine mammals for sea life
parks in the 1960s and founded the nonprofit Santa Barbara Marine Mammal
Center in 1976. He serves as an environmental consultant for offshore projects,
helping to prevent impacts to marine life. He has authored books and has been a
columnist for the News-Press for more than 25 years. Any opinions are his and not
necessarily the newspaper’s.
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Marketing/Promotions/Meetings
Marketing Report January 2018
Meetings
• Marketing Manager attended the Central Coast Tourism Council Quarterly
Board Meeting, on January 26, 2018
• Marketing & Events Coordinator met with Village Gallery & Gifts for
Instagram and Social Media Usage Training
• Marketing Team held meeting on Hokuloa Outrigger Challenge event
• Marketing Manager attended the Visit Ventura Inspiration Guide Launch
Warm Yourself Seaside Campaign
• Focus on Top 20 Ways to Warm Yourself Seaside web page
• Dedicated Ads in Ventura County Star/ Santa Clarita Signal
• Home Page Banner link to Top 20
• Warm Yourself Seaside E-newsletter (1,408 views)
• Social Media Focused Posts Weekly on all social platforms
San Diego Adventure & Travel Show – Jan. 14 & 15
• Attendance: 15,443 / Press: 96
• 35% Income Level $100k-$150k
• 71% Spend Over $5k on Annual Travel
• 55-65 was Avg. Attendee Age
• 396 NEW Emails for Harbor E-newsletter
• Displayed: Village Maps/Ventura Harbor Rack Cards/New
Harbor Coasters/Seaside Lifestyle Banner/ 500 canvas
bags co-sponsored by Ventura Harbor Village
Sunsets & Sips Photo Contest
• Social media campaign intended to generate
content and highlight Happy Hour specials
• 52 photo contest entries
• 6 winners = $25 Village Happy Hour gift cards
• #SunsetsAndSips
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PR/Revenue/Tourism
Media Coverage as a result from a partnership with Ventura County Coast! Hayden Walker, Editor of
Austin Food Magazine has posted story rounding up some of the best things to eat and do in Ventura
County. Hayden included Harbor Village restaurants, attractions and shopping. Posting STATS Unique
Visitors per Month: 12,333 /Instagram: 53.3k/ Twitter: 3,529/ Hayden Walker’s Instagram: 5,199
2018 Visit Ventura Inspiration Guide
Ventura Harbor Village Destination page & 2 Page Co-Op Spread Modernized Leasing Banners in Village & Website
Marketing Report January 2018
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Instagram Analytics
Marketing Report January 2018
Date Range: January 1 – January 31, 2018
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Facebook & Twitter Analytics
Marketing Report January 2018 _______________________________________________
Date Range: January 1 – January 31, 2018
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Ribbon Cutting Celebration
February 15, 2018
Guest Attendance = 125+
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VENTURA PORT DISTRICT
DEPARTMENTAL STAFF REPORT Meeting Date: February 28, 2018
TO: Board of Port Commissioners
FROM: Robin Baer, Property Manager
SUBJECT: December 2017 and January 2018 Property Report
TENANT REPORT
1) BS Taproom — 1591 Spinnaker Drive #115 – Project entitlements approved and 10-day
public appeal. Coastal Commission period cleared on January 8, 2018. Estimated
completion of project fourth quarter of 2018.
2) Rhumb Line — 1510 Anchors Way — Project entitlements approved and 10-day public
appeal. Coastal Commission period cleared on January 8, 2018. Estimated completion of
project third quarter of 2018.
LEASING OUTREACH
1) Leasing Outreach
 Daily exposure with our ads online via Loopnet/Costar which covers the following:
 24 Million visitors to these sites
 83% of all 2016 commercial real estate transactions involved these sites
2) Motionloft – December 2017 and January 2018 Reports (see attached)
3) Articles — Shopping and leasing topics (attached)
 Millennials Shop
 Ventura County Least Affordable Market
OCCUPANCY LEVELS AT HARBOR VILLAGE
December 2017
CATEGORY Harbor Harbor Harbor Harbor City * City *
Vacancy Vacancy Available Available Vacancy Available
Sq Ft % Sq Ft % % %
Office 1,899 6% 1,899 6% 8.3% 20%
Retail 1,381 6% 7,015 26% 16.2% 31.5%
Restaurant 0 0% 0 0% 10.1% 9%
*Based on comparable square footage
January 2018
CATEGORY Harbor Harbor Harbor Harbor City * City *
Vacancy Vacancy Available Available Vacancy Available
Sq Ft % Sq Ft % % %
Office 573 2% 573 2% 9.4% 21%
Retail 1,781 8% 8,405 39% 13.3% 22.8%
Restaurant 0 0% 0 0% 10.1% 9%
*Based on comparable square footage
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SALES REPORTS
December 2017 and January 2018
The attached summary provides sales for three categories: restaurants, retail and charters. The
reports compare the monthly sales for 2017 and 2016. They also include year-to-date
comparisons. Restaurant sales are up 12.74% for the month of December 2017 and 10.13% for
the month of January 2018.
The year-to-date overall sales were up 8.26% for December 2017 and 18.35% for January 2018
from the same time last year.
ATTACHMENTS
Attachment 1 – December 2017 Tenant Sales
Attachment 2 – Fourth Quarter Tenant Sales
Attachment 3 – January 2018 Tenant Sales
Attachment 4 – ICSC Article – “Millennials Flock to Stores, Shopping Centers”
Attachment 5 – Ventura County Star Article – “Report cites Ventura County as one of the
nation’s least affordable rental markets”
Attachment 6 – Motionloft Reports – December 2017
Attachment 7 – Motionloft Reports – January 2018
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BOARD OF PORT COMMISSIONERS
FEBRUARY 28, 2018
STANDARD AGENDA ITEM 1
PORTSIDE VENTURA HARBOR
PROJECT UPDATE
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VENTURA PORT DISTRICT STANDARD AGENDA ITEM 1 BOARD COMMUNICATION Meeting Date: February 28, 2018
TO: Board of Port Commissioners
FROM: Oscar Peña, General Manager
SUBJECT: Update on the Portside Ventura Harbor Project
RECOMMENDATION:
That the Board of Port Commissioners receive an update from Michael Sondermann and the
City of Ventura on the progress of the Portside Ventura Harbor Project.
SUMMARY:
Michael Sondermann, President of Sondermann Ring Partners – Ventura Harbor, LLC will
provide an update on the construction of Phase I.
Brad Starr, Engineering Services Manager with the City of Ventura Public Works will provide
information on the street modifications to Anchors Way Drive, Beachmont and related streets.
BACKGROUND:
In December 2017, Portside Partners Ventura Harbor, LLC began construction of a 27 acre
prime Oceanside town center. There will be 270 units available for rent:
• 38 – studios
• 104 – 1 bedroom with 1 – 1 ½ bath
• 98 – 2 bedroom with 2 ½ bath
• 30 – 3 bedroom with 3 bath
Additionally, 30 unique live/work spaces will be available in 1 or 2 bedroom floor plans that
range from 1,600 – 2,700 square feet. 17 spaces with work spaces and store fronts will be
located in the Portside Plaza for home based businesses. The Portside Plaza will also offer
20,000 square feet of retail/restaurant opportunities. The first phase is scheduled to open in
August 2018.
As part of the project on Parcels 15, 16, and 18, the developer was required to make
modifications/improvements to Anchors Way Drive and some streets in the Ventura Keys to
reduce overall traffic. All the street modifications required will be paid by Portside Partners
Ventura Harbor, LLC. Additionally, the improvements must be completed prior to obtaining a
certificate of occupancy for the first phase of development.
The District’s dry storage yard will be reduced in size to allow for the reconfiguration of Anchors
Way Drive. District staff is working with Portside to implement the changes to the dry storage
yard.
FISCAL IMPACT:
As a result of the reconfiguration, there will be a reduction of 12%-15% of the total dry storage
yard. In Fiscal Year 2016-2017, the revenue generated in the dry storage yard was
approximately $110,000. A preliminary estimate in the reduction of revenue is 15% of the total
revenue.
ATTACHMENT:
Attachment 1 – DRAFT Anchors Way Drive Improvement Plans
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BOARD OF PORT COMMISSIONERS
FEBRUARY 28, 2018
STANDARD AGENDA ITEM 2
APPROVAL OF 2018
AQUACULTURE SEA GRANT
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VENTURA PORT DISTRICT STANDARD AGENDA ITEM 2 BOARD COMMUNICATION Meeting Date: February 28, 2018
TO: Board of Port Commissioners
FROM: Brian Pendleton, Deputy General Manager
SUBJECT: Approval of 2018 Aquaculture Sea Grant
RECOMMENDATION:
That the Board of Port Commissioners authorize the General Manager to submit the application
for NOAA Sea Grant 2018 for two-year funding of approximately $300,000 with a District and
VSE partners match of approximately $277,210 of in-kind contribution.
SUMMARY:
NOAA National Sea Grant College Program (NOAA Sea Grant) expects to have available a total
of $7,000,000 to $11,500,000 across fiscal years 2018, 2019 and 2020 as part of the Sea Grant
National Aquaculture Initiative (NAI). As part of the NAI, this competition is designed to foster
the expansion of a sustainable U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes aquaculture sector by
addressing one or more of the following priorities identified below.
This application for grant funds will be for a two year period beginning September 1, 2018 to
August 31, 2020 and is competitive in nature. This dovetails with the District’s efforts as it
relates to the sub-award from a NOAA 2015 Sea Grant Aquaculture Extension and Technology
Transfer Grant that provides for strategic permitting and planning initiative to facilitate and
substantially increase shellfish farming in the Santa Barbara Channel. The current grant
concludes August 31, 2018.
BACKGROUND:
NAI Priorities include:
• (a) supporting the development of emerging systems or technologies that will advance
aquaculture in the U.S., including projects that will help stimulate aquaculture production
by nascent industries;
• (b) developing and implementing actionable methods of communicating accurate,
science based messages and information about the benefits and risks of U.S. marine
aquaculture to the public; and
• (c) increasing the resiliency of aquaculture systems to natural hazards and changing
conditions.
In 2015, VPD received a Sea Grant Aquaculture Extension sub-award of $265,000 that provided
financial support for: Task 1, preparation of a strategic plan for permitting the project; Task 2,
preparation of all required permit and entitlement applications and environmental impact
documentation for open federal waters proximate to Ventura Harbor; and Task 3, an educational
outreach component, including eight public workshops. Task 1 and 3 are complete. Task 2 will
be completed by August 2018 consistent with Sea Grant requirements. Moving the project
forward to harvested product, the project objectives and methods (Tasks 4-8) as defined further
below.
The objectives of this project proposal are to:
• Develop a technically sound and defensible strategy to successfully obtain all required
government entitlements necessary to establish twenty 100-acre aquaculture permits
sites in federal waters of the Santa Barbara Channel, proximate to Ventura Harbor;
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• Implement this strategy and obtain the necessary permits and entitlements, and
complete associated environmental review documents;
• Develop an effective monitoring and reporting program to monitor environmental impacts
and evaluate project progress;
• Collaborate with NOAA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure future
landed product has a pathway for compliance with the National Shellfish Sanitation
Program (NSSP) and Seafood Sanitation Inspection Program (SSIP) guidelines for
shellfish grown in federal waters;
• Offer economies of scale to individual grower/producers to facilitate the participation of
entities who might otherwise be precluded because of the significant regulatory process
and costs associated with obtaining the required government approvals; and,
• Prepare grower/producers for successful farming of the growing areas through business
planning, training, and technology transfer.
The specific grant activities planned to achieve these objectives within two years and begin
farming Mediterranean mussels through individual grower/producer’s permits are outlined in the
attached final draft project description and budget justification.
FISCAL IMPACT:
The grant includes a cost-share in the amount of $277,210 over a two-year period. The costshare
is achieved through in-kind contributions of the Port District as well as VSE partners. The
VSE project budget was included in the FY 2017-18 mid-year budget presented on February 14,
2018.
ATTACHMENT:
Attachment 1 – Project Description
Attachment 2 – Budget Justification
Attachment 3 – Collaborators List
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Title: Ventura Shellfish Enterprise: Implementing an Integrative Model for New Shellfish
Aquaculture Permitting and Production in California
Grant: 2018 NOAA Sea Grant Proposal
Increasing the supply of safe, sustainably produced domestic seafood is a priority for NOAA and
the Department of Commerce. The Ventura Shellfish Enterprise (VSE) is a multi-stakeholder
initiative that seeks to permit and manage a commercial bivalve shellfish aquaculture operation
consistent with this objective. Globally, bivalve shellfish culture has been very successful in
producing high value seafood with limited environmental impacts. However, the current
complexities and costs associated with the aquaculture permitting process represent a
significant barrier to expansion of the industry in the US, and in California particularly. VSE
seeks to address several regulatory and planning challenges that effectively limit the
development of domestic marine shellfish culture.
In 2015, VPD received a Sea Grant Aquaculture Extension sub-award of $265,000 that provided
financial support for: Task 1, preparation of a strategic plan for permitting the project; Task 2,
preparation of all required permit and entitlement applications and environmental impact
documentation for open federal waters proximate to Ventura Harbor; and Task 3, an educational
outreach component, including eight public workshops. Task 1 and 3 are complete. Task 2 will
be completed by August 2018 consistent with Sea Grant requirements. Moving the project
forward to harvested product, the project objectives and methods (Tasks 4-8) as defined further
below.
Project Objectives
The objectives of this project proposal are to:
• Develop a technically sound and defensible strategy to successfully obtain all required
government entitlements necessary to establish twenty 100-acre aquaculture permits
sites in federal waters of the Santa Barbara Channel, proximate to Ventura Harbor;
• Implement this strategy and obtain the necessary permits and entitlements, and
complete associated environmental review documents;
• Develop an effective monitoring and reporting program to monitor environmental impacts
and evaluate project progress;
• Collaborate with NOAA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure future
landed product has a pathway for compliance with the National Shellfish Sanitation
Program (NSSP) and Seafood Sanitation Inspection Program (SSIP) guidelines for
shellfish grown in federal waters;
• Offer economies of scale to individual grower/producers to facilitate the participation of
entities who might otherwise be precluded because of the significant regulatory process
and costs associated with obtaining the required government approvals; and,
• Prepare grower/producers for successful farming of the growing areas through business
planning, training, and technology transfer.
The specific grant activities planned to achieve these objectives within two years and begin
farming Mediterranean mussels through individual grower/producer’s permits are outlined
below:

Project Methods
Task 4: Permit Assignment Strategy
This Project is scaled to bolster the working waterfront in Ventura Harbor, providing economic
benefits to VPD, its tenants, and the community, thus ensuring the long-term economic viability
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of the Harbor. The scale of the Project also allows the individual grower/producers to benefit
from centralized environmental monitoring, product safety testing, and product marketing.
The project will be the first of its kind in California to develop an offshore aquaculture permit with
NOAA that authorizes assignment of sub-permits to individual shellfish grower/producers. A key
part of the project will be drafting and negotiation of permit terms that contemplate this unique
situation, with the goal of developing a template that can be used to support by similar
aquaculture projects located in federal waters and hosted future by ports or governmental
entities in the future.
To complete the entitlement process and secure all necessary permits, we propose the
following subtasks as part of this 2018 Sea Grant application.
Subtask 4.1: Develop Permit Terms
After submission of permit applications and draft master permit, Plauché & Carr LLP and VPD
will work with the lead federal agency (e.g. USACE or NOAA) to craft permit terms for the
master permit that are acceptable to the parties. As noted above, one goal will be to develop a
permit template that can be replicated for other offshore aquaculture projects in federal waters
where the permitee is a government agency.
Plauche & Carr LLP will serve as VPD’s legal counsel, and the following staff will be involved in
this task: Robert Smith Esq., Brian Pendleton, Richard Parsons and Everard Ashworth
Costs for Subtask 4.1: $25,000 (2018); $10,000 (2019)
SUBTASK 4.2: Drafting and Approval of Sub-Permits
The Project contemplates that while VPD will hold the master permit, it will separately execute
sub-permits with individual shellfish growers/producers who will operate within the project area.
The lead federal agency must approve the form of any such sub-permits entered into by VPD;
however, NOAA currently does not have a template or precedent for approving sub-permit
agreements. Plauché & Carr LLP and VPD will work with the lead federal agency to develop a
common sub-permit agreement that can be used to sub-permit individual plots within the project
area.
Plauche & Carr LLP will serve as VPD’s legal counsel, and the following staff will be involved in
this task: Robert Smith Esq., Brian Pendleton, Richard Parsons and Everard Ashworth
Costs for Subtask 4.2: $5,000 (2018); $10,000 (2019)
SUBTASK 4.3: Legal Analysis of Supplemental Environmental Review
VPD legal counsel Plauché & Carr LLP will work with VPD, its environmental consultant DUDEK
and the lead federal agency and to provide legal analysis of any supplementary environmental
documentation (e.g. supplemnetal studies, reports, surveys, etc.) required during the permitting
and entitlement process.
Costs for Subtask 4.3: $10,000 (2018); $0 (2019)
ANNUAL COSTS FOR Task 4: 2018 – $40,000, 2019 – $20,000;
COMBINED TOTAL Task 4 COSTS: $60,000
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Task 5: Environmental Review
The overall VSE project objectives are for VPD to obtain permits and entitlements for twenty,
100-acre shellfish aquaculture sites in federal waters within the Santa Barbara Channel; assign
sites to individual grower producers via sub-permits; establish best management practices for
commercial grower/producers; coordinate comprehensive monitoring and reporting for all
permits; and leverage existing underutilized onshore facilities at Ventura Harbor for processing
and shipping the shellfish product.
Submission of permit applications to the applicable state and federal regulatory agencies will be
completed by August 2018 under VSE existing 2015 Sea Grant (Task 2). VPD will submit
applications for the following permits and environmental clearances:
• U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Individual Permit (pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers
and Harbors Act);
• National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biological Opinions
(pursuant to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and Magnuson-Stevens Fishery
Conservation and Management Act);
• U.S. EPA 401 Water Quality Certification (pursuant to Section 401 of the Clean Water
Act);
• U.S. Coast Guard Private Aid to Navigation Permit; and,
• California Coastal Commission Consistency Certification (pursuant to the Coastal Zone
Management Act).
To complete the entitlement process and secure all necessary permits, we propose the
following subtasks as part of this 2018 Sea Grant application through VSE project collaborators
as well as Dudek, the environmental consultant for the VSE project.
Subtask 5.1: Environmental Reports and Studies
Dudek will identify necessary supplemental studies, reports and documentation as required by
federal and state regulators prior to permit issuance. This work is being performed in close
coordination with Diane Windham, the VSE team’s NOAA Aquaculture Coordinator, and NOAA
staff. This subtask will include preparation of sampling protocols and study plans and consultation
with the agencies to obtain concurrence on the methods and scope of the studies. We anticipate
the required studies will include a pre-project benthic survey of the proposed project site to
confirm the substrate type and biota, as well as a water quality sampling plan to determine
ambient conditions within the project area.
Dudek will serve as VPD’s environmental consultant, and the following staff would be involved
in this task: Laurie Monarres, John Davis, Andrea Dransfield, Amber Geraghty, Richard
Parsons, Brooke Ashworth, Doug Bush, Everard Ashworth.
Costs for Subtask 5.1: $22,100 (2018); $0 (2019)
Subtask 5.2: Meetings and Agency Coordination
Recent aquaculture projects in California struggled for several years to obtain permits once
applications were filed. Consistent project coordination and guidance throughout the permitting
process is extremely important to ensure that permits are issued in a timely manner with
appropriate conditions and mitigation measures that balance any environmental concerns with
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the operational needs of the project. In close coordination with Diane Windham, our regional
NOAA aquaculture coordinator, Dudek will work with VPD, relevant stakeholder groups, and
regulatory agency team members to conduct permit application follow-up in a thorough manner
to smooth review and prevent disrupting of the anticipated project schedule. This requires
thoughtful and diligent coordination with the agencies from application submittal through permit
issuance to obtain permits within an appropriate timeframe. This coordination and continuous
feedback from the agencies will be critical to successfully identify the necessary data
requirements for timely permitting process completion.
This task will include handling administrative functions (e.g., notification of participants,
scheduling, coordination of meeting location), technical functions, such as preparation of
meeting materials (e.g., meeting agendas, presentations, hand-outs), and preparation of premeeting
briefings and meeting minutes. It is critical that the meetings are efficient and
productive and have measurable outcomes; Dudek will facilitate and guide discussions to stay
on topic. Dudek will also provide technical and policy support for VPD as needed.
Dudek will serve as VPD’s environmental consultant, and the following staff would be involved
in this task: Laurie Monarres, David Wickens, John Davis, Amber Geraghty, Brian Pendleton,
Richard Parsons, Everard Ashworth.
Cost for Subtask 5.2: $20,000 (2018); $10,800 (2019)
Subtask 5.3: Finalize List of BMPs
Dudek, with the assistance of VSE collaborators and in close coordination with Diane Windham,
our NOAA regional aquaculture coordinator, will develop a list of resource protection measures,
including best management practices (BMPs) that will avoid and minimize impacts on the
aquatic environment. These BMPs will be an important component of regulatory agency
approval of the project, and will include measures related to minimizing impacts on marine
mammals and other aquatic wildlife, carrying capacity, seed supply, sediment quality, predator
and wildlife interactions, and storage and disposal of aquaculture gear. The BMPs will be
incorporated in project permit conditions and/or mitigation measures. The goal of the project is
to develop a standardized, predictable list of BMPs that can be used in the future for other
shellfish aquaculture projects, thereby facilitating sustainable growth of the aquaculture industry
nationally in a manner that minimizes environmental impacts.
Dudek will serve as VPD’s environmental consultant, and the following staff would be involved
in this task: Laurie Monarres, David Wickens, John Davis, Andrea Dransfield, Amber Geraghty,
Melis Okter, Brooke Ashworth, Doug Bush, Dr. Linda Santschi, Dr. Ralph Imondi.
Cost for Subtask 5.3: $18,450 (2018); $0 (2019)
Subtask 5.4: Coordinate and Draft Permit Language and Permit Special Conditions
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Often, regulatory agencies are short-staffed and have a backlog of permit applications to
evaluate. This, coupled with a lack of experience processing open water aquaculture
applications can lead to delays in permit processing and issuance. One way to increase the
efficiency of permit review is through providing the agencies with draft permit language and a list
of proposed permit special conditions during the permit application review process. In close
coordination with Diane Windham, NOAA Regional Aquaculture Coordinator, and VSE team
members, Dudek will draft appropriate permit language for submittal to the agencies such as a
complete project description, identification of avoidance and minimization measures, and the
project’s monitoring plan. Dudek will also provide a list of proposed special conditions to the
agencies, using pre-established language and requirements as much as possible. We anticipate
Subtask 5.4 will begin in September 2018 and have an anticipated completion date of August
2019.
Dudek will serve as VPD’s environmental consultant, and the following staff would be involved
in this task: Laurie Monarres, David Wickens, John Davis, Andrea Dransfield, Amber Geraghty,
Melis Okter, Brian Pendleton, Richard Parsons, Doug Bush, Brooke Ashworth, Everard
Ashworth.
Cost for Subtask 5.4: $24,400 (2018): $0 (2019)
Subtask 5.5: Draft or Review Monitoring Plans
Given the dearth of offshore shellfish aquaculture on the Pacific coast, there are certain issues
where the resource agencies may request monitoring to confirm whether the project has an
environmental impact. Dudek together with VSE team members, and in close coordination with
Diane Windham, NOAA regional aquaculture coordinator, will assist with developing any
required monitoring plan(s) to be carried out during project implementation. The monitoring
program(s) and protocols will be vetted with input and coordination among VSE’S NOAA
aquaculture coordinator and the appropriate regulatory agencies and will include data sampling
requirements and reporting requirements such as timing of annual reports. It is currently
anticipated that monitoring will include an evaluation of the project’s potential impacts on: (1) the
seafloor and benthic environment beneath and in the vicinity of project facilities; (2) wildlife
interactions with the project; and (3) impacts of marine debris such as lost and broken fishing
gear. We anticipate Subtask 5.5 will begin in September 2018 and have an anticipated
completion date of August 2019.
Dudek will serve as VPD’s environmental consultant, and the following staff would be involved
in this task: Laurie Monarres, David Wickens, John Davis, Andrea Dransfield, Amber Geraghty,
Melis Okter, Doug Bush, Brooke Ashworth, Everard Ashworth, Richard Parsons.
Cost for Subtask 5.5: $23,660 (2018); $0 (2019)
TOTAL COST FOR Task 5: 2018 – $108,610, 2019 – $10,800;
COMBINED TOTAL: $119,410
Task 6: Shellfish Sanitation
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Recognized by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Interstate Shellfish
Sanitation Conference, the National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP) is the federal/state
cooperative program for the sanitary control of all bivalve shellfish that is cultivated, harvested,
and processed for human consumption. The NSSP establishes standards and administrative
practices necessary to regulate interstate shellfish commerce and to protect consumer public
health. These standards are published in the NSSP Guide for the Control of Molluscan
Shellfish1, which articulates both pre- and post-harvest elements of sanitation compliance.

At present, the NSSP Guide does not explicitly cover requirements and standards for the
sanitary control of shellfish harvested from federal waters, which has impeded the harvest of
shellfish from federal waters. To address this deficiency, the NOAA Seafood Inspection
Program (NOAA-SIP), in collaboration with the FDA, is now developing an NSSP sanitation
compliance pathway for entities seeking to grow shellfish in federal waters (where there is no
state jurisdiction by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)). This pathway includes
the articulation of auditing procedures, testing requirements/protocols, and procedures for
product traceability. Given the proposed VSE project’s shift in emphasis to a federal siting
alternative, VSE team members at Coastal Marine Biolabs (CMB) are now working with NOAASIP
and FDA representatives to collaboratively develop and adapt these emerging sanitation
protocols to meet the goals and needs of the VSE effort. Importantly, this collaborative effort to
explicitly articulate standard sanitation protocols for molluscan shellfish cultivated in federal
waters will not only advance the overarching goals of the VSE project, but also facilitate the
efforts of other groups seeking to establish shellfish aquaculture operations in federal waters.
Coastal Marine Biolabs will provide the lead, the following staff would be involved in this task:
Dr. Linda Santschi, Dr. Ralph Imondi, Doug Bush, Everard Ashworth
Subtask 6.1: Coordinating a Growing Area Sanitary Survey with NOAA-SIP
Representatives
Our initial discussions with NOAA-SIP representatives have focused primarily on the process
underlying the development and implementation of a sanitary survey of proposed VSE mussel
growing sites. The survey constitutes a required component of NSSP sanitation compliance
and includes a written evaluation of all environmental factors (including actual and potential
pollution sources) that may impact water quality within a proposed growing area. Pursuant to
the newly proposed protocols for bivalve shellfish cultivated in federal waters, NOAA-SIP
inspectors (in consultation with FDA) will oversee the sanitary survey and assure that the
number and location of sampling stations is sufficient to effectively evaluate all potential
pollution sources within the growing area. Meteorological, hydrodynamic, and geographic
attributes of the growing area will influence the location and number of required sampling
stations. It bears noting here that the new protocols under joint development by NOAA-SIP and
FDA will allow water sampling and microbiological testing associated with the sanitary survey to
be initiated and performed in parallel with the project’s permit application process. This provision
will significantly accelerate the overall progression of the VSE effort.
CMB scientists have already engaged in extensive dialog with NOAA-SIP personnel to discuss
water quality testing and sampling plan requirements encompassed by the sanitary survey.
Throughout the two-year project performance period, CMB is committed to working
collaboratively with representatives of NOAA-SIP, FDA, and any other relevant federal entities,
to develop and implement an NSSP-compliant sampling plan for the proposed VSE growing
area. The NSSP typically requires that a minimum of 30 water samples be collected for
bacteriological analysis from each sample station, and that the samples be collected year-round
under various environmental conditions to evaluate adverse pollution conditions (including
seasonal variations). Assuming the simplest case scenario where each of the twenty proposed
100-acre growing sites contains a single sampling station, a minimum of 600 samples will be
required to complete the sanitary survey. We anticipate that a sampling plan will be developed
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in 2018, and that a sanitary survey will be initiated and conducted during 2019. Given
unavoidable uncertainties at the time of this submission, funds requested in the relevant section
of the project budget represent a reasonable estimate of the overall sampling and testing costs
associated with the survey.
Personnel performing Subtask 6.1 will be VSE members Dr. Ralph Imondi and Dr. Linda
Santschi of Coastal Marine Biolabs.
Cost for Subtask 6.1: $0 (2018); $39,000 (2019)
Subtask 6.2: Establishing the Administrative and Technical Framework for a Locally
Based, FDA-Approved Safety Testing Laboratory
The safety of molluscan shellfish grown and harvested for human consumption is determined
through specific microbiological and toxicological tests of shellfish meat and growing waters.
These tests are performed by laboratories that receive FDA approval to support the NSSP (after
demonstrating conformance with uniform standards and administrative practices during periodic
onsite evaluations). It is important to emphasize here that the only laboratory in the state of
California that is currently FDA approved to conduct biotoxin testing of shellfish cultivated for
human consumption is operated by CDPH (Richmond, CA), which restricts its biotoxin analyses
to samples obtained exclusively from state waters.
This subtask seeks to establish the administrative and technical groundwork for a locally based,
FDA-approved laboratory that is capable of accommodating the full range of NSSP testing and
reporting requirements for mussels cultivated in (and harvested from) federal waters by VSE
grower/producers. Representing the first of its kind in the state of California, this proposed
commercial laboratory is intended to: (1) eliminate the cost of shipping samples to out-of-state
laboratories for biotoxin testing; (2) minimize resulting delays in moving shellfish product
through the supply chain; (3) centralize and streamline the reporting of VSE testing results to
the relevant federal and state regulatory agencies (i.e., FDA, NOAA-SIP, CDPH); (4) establish a
nexus for coordinating sanitation-related communications among VPD representatives, VSE
grower/producers, testing lab personnel, regulatory agencies, patrol authorities, and other
entities; (5) develop training materials, courses, and programs for new and existing
grower/producers (refer to Task 7 below); and (6) perform standardized growing water sample
collections and other low-cost ancillary services on behalf of VSE grower/producers. Beyond
the VSE project, a laboratory of this kind could also accommodate the testing needs of other
emerging shellfish aquaculture operations based in federal waters off the California coast.
For start-up testing laboratories, the key initial steps in the FDA approval pathway include the
selection of NSSP-compliant analytical methods that will be performed by lab personnel, the
creation of detailed standard operating procedures that cover the day-to-day implementation of
these technical methods (along with the performance of various administrative/managerial
functions), and the development of a comprehensive quality assurance plan containing prespecified
components (e.g. descriptions of laboratory structure/organization, staff qualifications
and training programs, analytical methods, quality control measures, record keeping for
equipment maintenance and calibration, corrective actions for deficiencies noted during FDA
evaluations, etc.). The successful completion of these steps will unfold in 2018 and 2019
through an iterative development process involving the input and guidance of FDA and NOAASIP
representatives. We anticipate that by the end of the two-year grant performance period,
the VSE team will have established the administrative and technical foundation required for
FDA-approval of a testing laboratory that is capable of managing the anticipated testing
workload of VSE grower/producers (and potentially other aquaculture entities) operating in
federal waters off the California coast. The identification of space appropriate for
accommodating this workload constitutes a related goal for this subtask that will be initiated in
2019 in consultation with VPD staff.
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REFERENCES CITED IN THIS SECTION
1 National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP) Guide for the Control of Molluscan Shellfish, 2015 Revision.
Personnel performing Subtask 6.2 will be VSE members Dr. Ralph Imondi and Dr. Linda
Santschi of Coastal Marine Biolabs.
Cost for Subtask 6.2: $0 (2018); $0 (2019) (In-Kind Contributions only)
TOTAL COST for Task 6: $39,000 (2019)
Task 7: Grower/Producer Compliance Training Program and Information Dissemination
To maintain a robust working waterfront and commercial fishing industry based in Ventura, one
of the goals of the VSE project is to diversify and stabilize seafood product landed at the port.
The VSE project is designed to minimize constraints and barriers for entrepreneurs and existing
seafood producers seeking to enter the aquaculture industry or expand current mussel farming
operations. By permitting twenty, 100-acre growing parcels the VPD is assuming much of the
initial risk associated with the permitting process. VPD, as master permit holder, will require
sub-permit holders to adhere to all permit obligations and ensure ongoing compliance with
regulatory agency requirements.
To prepare grower/producers for this innovative approach, VSE will engage potential
grower/producers to disseminate essential information related to federal permit requirements
prior to commencement of commercial aquaculture operations. VSE members will host and
facilitate a series of educational workshops intended to summarize permit compliance
requirements; including but not limited to topics such as best management practices, shellfish
safety and sanitation protocols, ongoing monitoring and reporting processes, insurance/bond
requirements, etc. In addition, the VSE will prepare a set of manuals to serve as reference
materials and supplement in-person instructional events.
This task will ensure new entrants, and industry veterans alike, have access to information
necessary to establish and manage a successful mussel farming operation in compliance with
all VSE permit conditions.
Coastal Marine Biolabs will provide the lead, the following staff would be involved in this task:
Dr. Linda Santschi, Dr. Ralph Imondi, Scott Lindell, Blake Stok, Brian Pendleton, Brooke
Ashworth.
Subtask 7.1: Grower/Producer Outreach and Inclusion
To secure grower/producer tentative commitments, VPD will undertake three main work
streams: (1) research and identify prospective local, regional, national, and international
grower/producers that are suitable candidates for participation in the VSE project; (2) provide
direct engagement with potential grower/producers; (3) develop a VPD approved
grower/producer application process. Work will begin in September 2018 with an anticipation
completion date of August 2019.
Coastal Marine Biolabs will provide the lead, the following staff would be involved in this task:
Dr. Linda Santschi, Dr. Ralph Imondi, Scott Lindell, Blake Stok, Brian Pendleton, Brooke
Ashworth.
Cost for Subtask 7.1: $21,250 (2018); $0 (2019)
Subtask 7.2: Curriculum and Materials Design
VSE will build curriculum and supplemental materials that align with established objectives and
requirements for grower/producers participating in the VSE project. Our team for this task has
potential to address the needs of the US ocean aquaculture sector writ large. Training
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resources will be digitized and deployed through a learning management system (LMS) that
enables course content to be easily accessed, independent of time and location. The virtual
classroom is designed to provide instructors, facilitators, and participants with access to a costeffective
platform which lends the ability to centralize learning materials, streamline
communication and feedback mechanisms, and provide opportunities for interactive blended
learning instruction that includes both online and in-person elements.
A central component of the VSE training program is a module developed by CMB (see Task 6
reference) dedicated to protocols that cover both pre- and post-harvest elements of the NSSP
Model Ordinance for bivalve shellfish cultivated in federal waters. Such a training model could
be replicated by other projects nationally.
Designing comprehensive instructional manuals and participant centered training workshops
requires a thorough permit review to identify requisite information for inclusion. During this
phase of the development process VPD and its VSE partners will host one or more design
charrettes with environmental consultants, existing shellfish aquaculture operators, and select
representatives from the grower/producer community unfamiliar with production protocols to
define the scope and sequence of training activities and materials. The goal of this effort is to
establish a cooperative climate for collaboration while selecting methods, materials, and
resources for instruction.
Coastal Marine Biolabs will provide the lead, the following staff would be involved in this task:
Dr. Linda Santschi, Dr. Ralph Imondi, Scott Lindell, Blake Stok, Brian Pendleton, Brooke
Ashworth.
Cost for Subtask 7.2: $0 (2018); $24,000 (2019)
Subtask 7.3: Training Video Production
Narrated field demonstrations (five in total) of mussel aquaculture tasks and certification
procedures will be produced as supporting instructional resources to accompany written manual
resources and used, in preparation of, and during the in-person workshop series. These videos
will be digitally produced and housed on the learning management system to provide flexible
access to information for VSE participants. In addition to providing training participants with
information in an efficient and visually stimulating manner, these videos have the potential to be
adopted as resources for offshore aquaculture projects beyond the VSE project. Video subject
matter and topic themes will be chosen with reference to both the current VSE project and
future federal waters shellfish aquaculture projects.
CAPS Media will produce these assets.
Cost for Subtask 7.3: $0 (2018); $3,000 (2019)
Subtask 7.4: Training and Certification
The logistics of the proposed training and certification pathway (e.g., the timing and form of
recruitment, program duration, host institution, instructor selection, assessment/performance
rubrics/instruments, etc.) will be determined in parallel with the design of major program
components, as described above. Implementation of the program is dependent on the timing of
issuance of required aquaculture permits. The training and certification described in this task will
supplement and support VPD’s permitting and sub-permitting efforts to ensure that subpermittees,
where necessary, have significant prior experience with mussel aquaculture
operations protocols and access to proper training, logistical support, and technology transfers
to maximize their opportunities to develop a successful and compliant aquaculture operation.
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Coastal Marine Biolabs will provide the lead, the following staff would be involved in this task:
Dr. Linda Santschi, Dr. Ralph Imondi, Scott Lindell, Blake Stok, Brian Pendleton, Brooke
Ashworth.
Synergistic Activities
Separately, VSE team collaborators (Doug Bush, General Manager, The Cultured Abalone) is
teaming with the University of Southern California on a 2018 Sea Grant proposal to optimize the
development in a hatchery of Mediterranean mussels larvae for use in the Santa Barbara
Channel. This parallel effort supports the implementation of Best Management Practices for
VSE grower producers. The VSE ongoing efforts also lay the groundwork for science-based
educational programming organized around the scientific and technical, and public health
aspects of long-line mussel aquaculture.
Cost for Subtask 7.4: $0 (2018); $0 (2019) (In-Kind Contributions only)
TOTAL ANNUAL COSTS for Task 7: 2018 – $21,250, 2019 – $28,500;
COMBINED TOTAL COST for Task 7: $48,250
Task 8: Project Summary
As a final task, the VSE will provide a concise report to document the practical and strategic
decisions that were made to keep the project on a critical path for timely completion of all project
tasks (Tasks 1-8) applications. This concise summary will be drafted with input from VSE
members, the projects principal investigators, NOAA and California shellfish coordinators,
NOAA technical staff, and university/research affiliates. It will focus on key project design
elements (including species selection, technical design, project scope and location),
recommendations for efficient project management (i.e., role of the Ventura Port District, and
VSE participating members) and recommendations to improve project deliverables for (i.e.,
Task 1 – Task 8). It is intended that this focused summary will provide practical suggestions and
lessons learned by VSE members that may be leveraged by others seeking to permit
sustainable shellfish aquaculture for commercial purposes in federal waters in the future.
ALG will provide the lead, the following staff would be involved in this task: Dr. Linda Santschi,
Dr. Ralph Imondi, Doug Bush, Everard Ashworth, Brooke Ashworth, Brian Pendleton, Richard
Parsons, Scott Lindell, Blake Stok.
TOTAL COST for Task 8: $0 (In-Kind Contribution only)
TOTAL VPD GRANT REQUEST: $266,660
TOTAL CA SEA GRANT REQUEST: $35,000
TOTAL SEA GRANT REQUEST: $301,660
Separately, VSE team collaborators (Doug Bush, General Manager, The Cultured Abalone) is
teaming with the University of Southern California on a 2018 SeaGrant proposal to optimize the
development in a hatchery of Mediterranean mussel larvae for use in the Santa Barbara
Channel. This parallel effort supports the implementation of Best Management Practices for
VSE grower producers.
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Title: Ventura Shellfish Enterprise: Implementing an Integrative Model for New Shellfish
Aquaculture Permitting and Production in California
Grant: 2018 Sea Grant Proposal
Budget Justification:
TOTAL VPD GRANT REQUEST: $266,660
TOTAL CA SEA GRANT REQUEST: $35,000
TOTAL SEA GRANT REQUEST: $301,660
Task 4: Permit Assignment Strategy – The project will be the first of its kind in California to
develop an offshore aquaculture permit with NOAA that authorizes assignment of sub-permits to
individual shellfish growers. A key part of the project will be drafting and negotiation of permit
terms that contemplate this unique situation, with the goal of developing a template that can be
used by other aquaculture projects in the future.
Task 5: Environmental Review – To complete the permitting process and secure all necessary
permits, we propose that Dudek, environmental consultant for the VSE project, will identify
necessary supplemental studies, reports and documentation as required by federal and state
regulators prior to permit issuance. Consistent coordination and guidance throughout the
permitting process is extremely important to ensure that permits are issued in a timely manner
with appropriate conditions and mitigation measures that balance any environmental concerns
with the operational needs of the project.
Task 6: Seafood Safety and Quality – VSE team members Coastal Marine Biolabs (CMB) and
legal counsel Plauche & Carr are committed to working collaboratively with NOAA-SIP and
other relevant federal entities, to align with agency goals to “ensure the safety and quality of
sustainably cultured seafood products’ by assisting with the development of a sanitation plan for
a federal waters siting alternative and testing facility based in Ventura Harbor.
Task 7: Grower/Producer Compliance Training Program and Information Dissemination –
The VSE is committed to continuing the robust outreach program directed at educating
prospective grower/producers on all associated permit guidelines and ensuring understanding of
regulatory agency compliance requirements. We will also continue to communicate the benefits
of this innovative model which facilitates inclusion of grower/producers that might otherwise be
precluded due to regulatory barriers and cost constraints.
Task 8: Project Summary
As a final task, the VSE will provide a concise report to document the practical and strategic
decisions that were made to keep the project on a critical path for timely completion of all permit
applications.
The project utilizes the expertise of a wide array of policy, legal, scientific, and industry
representatives from both the private and public sector and a groundswell of in-kind
participation. This output will help to create a permitting pathway for subsequent offshore
aquaculture projects, develop a permit assignment strategy, complete the environmental review
and entitlement processes, develop a sanitation plan and testing facility, and create a
grower/producer education and training program.
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Project Personnel: The Ventura Shellfish Enterprise is a collaboration of seasoned technical
experts uniquely capable of defining a successful permitting strategy and the legal and technical
experts to provide a complete and defensible permit application package for a commercial
mussel farm consisting of twenty 100 -acre parcels to be located in open federal waters
proximate to Ventura Harbor, California.
Dr. Paul Olin, Principal Investigator with California Sea Grant will provide overall coordination of
project components and will be involved in the design and implementation of the
grower/producer training program. Dr. Olin will also work with the project team during the
environmental review and entitlement processes as well as development of the permitting
strategy and sanitation plan.
In-kind services will be provided by the following experts, which total $272,210 (or $136,105 per
year). All of this work is considered in-kind as these nine experts will receive no remuneration
under this grant.
• Mr. Everard Ashworth, a Vice-Chari with the Ventura Port District, and a principal with
Ashworth Leininger Group, has direct experience in siting and securing environmental
approvals for commercial projects proposing to locate proximate to National Parks,
sensitive receptors, and in the coastal waters off Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
He routinely advises Fortune 500 companies on the selection of expert environmental,
legal and technical services to support project development, has worked with scores of
legal counsels on environmental permitting matters.
• Ms. Brooke Ashworth is a Senior Planner with Ashworth Leininger Group. She has
previously worked as an environmental analyst with international law firms, specializing
in hazardous waste management and environmental due diligence. She has served as
a County land use planner and holds a B.Sc. in environmental Planning and
Management from UC Davis.
• Mr. Doug Bush, General Manager of the Cultured Abalone Farm, a commercial abalone
farm in Santa Barbara County, will provide essential technical guidance on the
acquisition of seed for the commercial mussel operation, the design and deployment of
commercial equipment, and the design and delivery of education and outreach activities.
• Mr. Richard Parsons, an independent consultant under contract with the Ventura Port
District to manage special projects, is responsible for securing all environmental
entitlements for annual dredging projects that can exceed $5MM. He will coordinate
project requirements with the Ventura Port District, leverage his direct experience with
key environmental regulatory staff at the federal, state, and local level, and manage
technical consultants.
• Dr. Linda Santschi and Dr. Ralph Imondi, with Coastal Marine Biolabs, will help lead
coordinated efforts with federal regulators during the process of developing NSSPcompliant
sanitation protocols for bivalve shellfish cultivated in federal waters. Drs.
Santschi and Imondi will also partner with other project collaborators in the design,
development and presentation of the education and training program.
• Mr. Brian Pendleton, Deputy General Manager of the Ventura Port District, brings 25
years of municipal management experience in commercial revitalization, economic
development and real estate. He oversees the District’s facilities, marina, property and
risk management and is providing project and grant management duties.
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Diane Windham is NOAA’s Aquaculture Coordinator for the Southwestern region. She will
participate in all phases of the project, but her contribution is not included in this proposal as an
in-kind match.
Position Name
Standard
Billing Rate
(per hour)
In-Kind
Adjusted
Rate,
Less
Profit
Annual
Salary
Level of
Effort
Months/Yr.
In-Kind
Contribution
Per Year
E. Ashworth $165/hr. N/A N/A $79,200
B. Ashworth $155/hr. N/A N/A $18,600
D. Bush $95/hr. N/A N/A $54,720
R. Parsons $100/hr. N/A N/A $20,000
Collaborators
Dr. L
Santschi $50/hr. N/A N/A 12/Yr. $25,600
Dr. R.
Imondi $50/hr. N/A N/A $25,600
B.
Pendleton $93.25/hr. N/A N/A $48,490
Totals $272,210
Pricing for expert legal, professional permitting assistance, environmental and industry
consultants was obtained from firms currently under contract providing VSE services to
complete 2015 NOAA Sea Grant deliverables. All other costs have been estimated based on
the collective experience of the team in permitting commercial projects and therefore the
budgetary analysis in preparing the budget and in-kind contributions is considered robust.
Task 4: Permit Assignment Strategy – $60,000
Legal Services ($60,000)
Robert Smith (Plauché & Carr LLP)
Y1 $40,000 I Y2 $20,000
Plauché & Carr LLP is a Seattle-based law firm with a practice focused on environmental, land
use, and natural resource-based issues. Plauché & Carr LLP has represented a number of
non-profit, private, and governmental entities regarding environmental and regulatory matters
ranging from regulatory compliance/permitting, to administrative litigation, to litigation in state
and federal courts, to conservation acquisition. Mr. Smith continues to provide consultant
services for the Sea Grant Aquaculture Extension 2015 sub-award Task 1 – Strategic Permitting
Analysis and Task 2 – Environmental Reports and Permitting.
Subtask 4.1: Negotiation of Permit Terms
Plauche & Carr LLP will serve as VPD’s legal counsel, and the following staff will be involved in
this task: Robert Smith
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Costs for Subtask 4.1: Negotiation of Permit Format, Terms, and Conditions:
$35,000 (2018 – $25,000, 2019 – $10,000).
SUBTASK 4.2: DRAFTING AND APPROVAL OF SUB-PERMITS
Plauche & Carr LLP will serve as VPD’s legal counsel, and the following staff will be involved in
this task: Robert Smith
Costs for Subtask 4.2: Drafting and Approval of Sub-permits: $15,000 (2018 –
$5,000, 2019 – $10,000).
SUBTASK 4.3: LEGAL ANALYSIS OF SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW
Plauché & Carr LLP will work with VPD, DUDEK and the lead federal agency and provide legal
analysis of any supplementary environmental review (e.g. supplemnetal studies, reports,
surveys, etc.) required by the permitting process.
Costs for Subtask 4.3: Legal Analysis of Supplemental Environmental Review:
$10,000 (2018)
TOTAL COST FOR Task 4: 2018 – $40,000, 2019 – $20,000;
COMBINED TOTAL: $60,000
Task 5: Environmental Review – $119,410
Consulting Services ($119,410)
Dudek
Y1 $108,610 I Y2 $10,800
Dudek is a California-based environmental consulting firm focusing in water/wastewater,
energy, transportation, land and community development, healthcare, and education. They have
grown to more than 400 environmental planners, scientists, engineers, technicians, and
construction professionals with a portfolio of thousands of successful projects. They understand
concerned citizenry, environmental goals and constraints, overlapping political jurisdictions, and
unique technical and regulatory challenges. Dudek continues to provide consultant services for
the Sea Grant Aquaculture Extension 2015 sub-award Task 1- Strategic Permitting Analysis and
Task 2 – Environmental Reports and Permitting.
Subtask 5.1: Environmental Reports and Studies
Dudek will serve as VPD’s environmental consultant, and the following staff would be involved
in this task: Laurie Monarres, John Davis, Andrea Dransfield, Amber Geraghty.
Costs for Subtask 5.1: Environmental Reports and Studies: $22,100 (2018)
Subtask 5.2: Meetings and Agency Coordination
Dudek will serve as VPD’s environmental consultant, and the following staff would be involved
in this task: Laurie Monarres, David Wickens, John Davis, Amber Geraghty.
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Cost for Subtask 5.2: Meetings and Agency Coordination: $30,800 (2018 – $20,000,
2019 – $10,800)
Subtask 5.3: Finalize List of BMPs
Dudek will serve as VPD’s environmental consultant, and the following staff would be involved
in this task: Laurie Monarres, David Wickens, John Davis, Andrea Dransfield, Amber Geraghty,
Melis Okter.
Cost for Subtask 5.3: $18,450 (2018)
Subtask 5.4: Coordinate and Draft Permit Language and Permit Special Conditions
Dudek will serve as VPD’s environmental consultant, and the following staff would be involved
in this task: Laurie Monarres, David Wickens, John Davis, Andrea Dransfield, Amber Geraghty,
Melis Okter.
Cost for Subtask 5.4: $24,400 (2018)
Subtask 5.5: Draft or Review Monitoring Plans
Dudek will serve as VPD’s environmental consultant, and the following staff would be involved
in this task: Laurie Monarres, David Wickens, John Davis, Andrea Dransfield, Amber Geraghty,
Melis Okter.
Cost for Subtask 5.5: $23,660 (2018)
TOTAL COST FOR Task 5: 2018 – $108,610, 2019 – $10,800;
COMBINED TOTAL: $119,410
Task 6: Seafood Safety and Quality – $39,000
Consulting Services ($39,000)
Coastal Marine Bio Labs
Y1 $0 I Y2 $39,000
VSE team members Coastal Marine Biolabs (CMB) and legal counsel Plauche & Carr are
committed to working collaboratively with NOAA-SIP and other relevant federal entities, to align
with agency goals to “ensure the safety and quality of sustainably cultured seafood products” by
assisting with the development of a sanitation plan for a federal waters siting alternative. CMB is
also committed to establishing a centralized, federally approved, Ventura Harbor-based testing
facility to meet the testing requirements articulated in the sanitation plan. This process can be
initiated independently of the sanitation plan and concurrently with the permit application
process.
The funds requested for this budget item represent a reasonable estimate of the overall costs
associated with conducting a sanitary survey of the proposed mussel farming sites. More
specifically, funds are requested to conduct bacteriological testing on 600 water samples
obtained from a single sampling station in each of twenty 100-acre sites. Based on industry
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standards, the cost for testing services is estimated at $50/sample. The cost for sample
collection is estimated at $15/sample.
Subtask 6.1: Coordinating a Growing Area Sanitary Survey with NOAA-SIP
Representatives
Cost for Subtask 6.1: $39,000 (2019)
Subtask 6.2: Establishing the Administrative and Technical Framework for a Locally
Based, FDA-Approved Safety Testing Laboratory
Cost for Subtask 6.2: $0 (In-Kind Contribution)
TOTAL COST for Task 6: $39,000 (2019)
Task 7: Grower/Producer Compliance Training Program and Information Dissemination –
$48,250
Consulting and Video Production Services ($48,250)
Mr. Scott Lindell, Blake Stok, CMB, CAPS Media
Y1 $21,250 I Y2 $28,500
Subtask 7.1: Grower/Producer Outreach and Inclusion
Mr. Lindell of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has conducted aquaculture research in
academic and private enterprise settings for over 25 years and successfully permitted
commercial mussel farms in federal and state waters off Massachusetts. He brings a unique
perspective to the team through research projects aimed at improving methods for culturing
algae, shellfish and finfish in partnership with natural resource management agencies,
commercial enterprises and other academic institutions. Recently funded projects include
development of partnerships and methods for open-ocean mussel and seaweed farming, and
nutrient bioextraction with seaweeds and shellfish. Two current projects involve the design and
engineering of new offshore aquaculture gear to prevent the possible entanglement of protected
species.
Mr. Lindell will bring his decades of experience to provide an advisory role in assisting the VPD
in developing a grower/producer application process and assist with the preparation of
curriculum components and supplemental materials that align with established objectives for
grower/producers participating in the VSE.
Scott Lindell
Y1 $10,250 I Y2 $0
$7,500 Consulting Expense; $2,750 Travel Expense
Mr. Blake Stok, special projects consultant, provided consulting services to the Ventura Port
District as part of the outreach efforts during the VSE site selection process. He will assist the
VSE in researching and identifying prospective local, regional, national, and international
grower-producers that are suitable candidates for participation in the VSE, and providing direct
engagement with potential grower/producers.
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Blake Stok
Y1 $11,000 I Y2 $0
Cost for Subtask 7.1: $21,250 (2018)
Subtask 7.2: Curriculum and Materials Design
Scott Lindell, Blake Stok and CMB will provide curriculum and educational training materials for
in-person and on-line training as further described in Task 7 of the project description.
Scott Lindell
Y1 $0 I Y2 $10,250
$7,500 Consulting Expense; $2,750 Travel Expense
Blake Stok
Y1 $0 I Y2 $13,750
Cost for Subtask 7.2: $24,000 (2019)
Subtask 7.3: Training Video Production
Narrated field demonstrations (5 in total) of mussel aquaculture tasks and certification
procedures will be produced as supporting instructional resources to accompany written manual
resources and used, in preparation of, and during the in-person workshop series. These will be
digitally produced and housed to on the learning management system to provide flexible access
to information for VSE participants.
CAPS Media
Y1 $0 I Y2 $3,000
Cost for Subtask 7.3 $3,000 (2019)
Subtask 7.4: Training and Certification
The logistics of the proposed training and certification pathway (e.g., the timing and form of
recruitment, program duration, host institution, instructor selection, assessment/performance
rubrics/instruments, etc.) will be determined in parallel with the design of major program
components, as described above. It bears noting that implementation of the program is
dependent on the timing of issuance of required aquaculture permits.
Cost for Subtask 7.4 $0 (In-Kind Contribution)
VSE Partners
Y1 $0 I Y2 $0
TOTAL COST for Task 7: $48,250
Task 8: Project Summary – $0
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As a final task, the VSE will provide a concise report to document the practical and strategic
decisions that were made to keep the project on a critical path for timely completion of all permit
applications.
VSE Partners
Y1 $0 I Y2 $0
TOTAL COST for Task 8: $0 (In-Kind Contribution)
TOTAL VPD GRANT REQUEST: $266,660
TOTAL CA SEA GRANT REQUEST: $35,000
TOTAL SEA GRANT REQUEST: $301,660

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Collaborators List:
Competition Title: NOAA National Sea Grant College Program 2018 Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes National Aquaculture Initiative
PROJECT TITLE: Olin – Ventura Shellfish Enterprise: Implementing an Integrative Model for New Shellfish Aquaculture Permitting and
Production in California
Ralph Imondi, Ph.D.
Scientific Co-Director
Coastal Marine Biolabs
Integrative Biosciences Institute
1559 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 101
Ventura, CA 93001-5302
(805) 377-8696
Imondi@coastalmarinebiolabs.org
Linda Santschi, Ph.D.
Scientific Co-Director
Coastal Marine Biolabs
Integrative Biosciences Institute
1559 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 101
Ventura, CA 93001-5302
(805) 289-9275
Santschi@coastalmarinebiolabs.org
Diane Windham
Aquaculture Coordinator, California
NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region
650 Capitol Mall, Suite 5-100
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 930-3619
diane.windham@noaa.gov
Brooke Ashworth
Senior Planner
ALG – Ashworth, Leininger Group
161 Eugenia Drive
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 218-6340
bcfa@aol.com
Everard Ashworth, QEP, CEPA
Ventura Port Commission Chairman
ALG – Ashworth, Leininger Group
161 Eugenia Drive
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 432-9732
eashworth@algcorp.com
Richard Parsons, MA
Ventura Port District, Consultant
1603 Anchors Way Drive
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 890-8505
rwpdredging@hotmail.com
Oscar Peña
General Manager
Ventura Port District
1603 Anchors Way Drive
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 642-8538
opena@venturaharbor.com
Brian Pendleton, MRED
Deputy General Manager
Ventura Port District
1603 Anchors Way Drive
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 642-8538
bpendleton@venturaharbor.com
Douglas E. Bush, MSc.
General Manager
The Cultured Abalone Farm LLC
9580 Dos Pueblos Canyon Road
Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 729-4830
dbush@culturedabalone.com
Scott Lindell, MSc.
Visiting Investigator
Biology Department, MS #34
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543
(508) 289-1113
slindell@whoi.edu
Blake Stok, MSc.
Sustainability Projects Consultant
Ventura Port District
1603 Anchors Way Drive
Ventura, CA 93001
(240) 543- 0994
blake.a.stok@gmail.com
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BOARD OF PORT COMMISSIONERS
FEBRUARY 28, 2018
STANDARD AGENDA ITEM 3
VENTURA HARBOR VILLAGE
PAINTING PROJECT
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VENTURA PORT DISTRICT STANDARD AGENDA ITEM 3 BOARD COMMUNICATION Meeting Date: February 28, 2018
TO: Board of Port Commissioners
FROM: Brian Pendleton, Deputy General Manager
SUBJECT: Ventura Harbor Village Painting Project
RECOMMENDATION:
That the Board of Port Commissioners provide direction to staff regarding scope of work and
next steps for the Ventura Harbor Village Painting Project.
SUMMARY:
On July 26, 2017, the Commission received a presentation on the previously approved paint
palette (not implemented), actual paint colors used when the Harbor Village was last repainted
and new alternatives. The Commission asked for further analysis of paint palettes along with
additional design consideration of building fascia elements such as awnings and signage given
some of the planned remodeling in the Village.
BACKGROUND:
The Board provided direction to move away from the City approved, but never implemented,
color palette and additionally was not supportive of other alternatives presented at the meeting.
A couple of stakeholder comments included the desire to move away from existing Harbor
Village paint colors, and instead provide a fresh new look, with clean and classic colors. One
example suggested was blue, white and grey. The desire for smooth stucco finish was
mentioned and need for standardized signage was also discussed.
Additionally, the BS Taproom is now fully approved and should begin construction soon. This
major remodel and building addition triggered further Board discussion about fascia materials
such as awnings and patio covers along with paint considerations.
As a result of the Board meeting, staff evaluated the collective comments and identified three
areas for a potential scope of work:
• Paint (Buildings, Doors/Trims, Railings, Decking)
• Awning and Patio Covers (Materials, Colors, Style)
• Signage (Tenant Signs, Tenant Directories)
As previously discussed new color palettes (other than what was previously approved by the
City with minor changes) will require review and approval by the City’s Design Review
Committee (DRC). The awnings, patio covers, tenant signs and directory signage will require
the same and would be processed as one comprehensive application for City approval.
For discussion purposes, staff has included the City approved color palette for Portside, which is
under construction as well as photographs of existing improvements at Harbor Village. First,
however, a design professional will be needed to provide alternatives to the Commission and
stakeholders. Staff has conducted some preliminary design professional interviews, but is
seeking direction on scope of work before completing a tentative selection and returning to the
Board with a recommendation for contract design services. This design services scope would
likely include the following:
• Consider Board and stakeholder initial comments;
• Review Portside design criteria for paint, and as applicable awnings and signage;
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• Study existing awnings, patio covers and signage at Harbor Village;
• Prepare and present alternatives for each of the design elements for Board
consideration;
• Complete application materials for the City as required;
• Present recommendations to the City’s DRC and incorporate recommended changes;
and,
• Obtain approval for paint, awning and patio cover designs and signage program.
The budget allocated for the project is $600,000 for repainting Harbor Village. See details below
in the Fiscal Impact. Repainting of the Village will occur after the project is approved by the City
and replacement of awnings, patio covers and individual tenant signs would likely occur at the
end of their useful life and/or when new tenancies occur. Cost allocation between VPD and
individual tenants would be based on Village lease requirements. New tenant directory signage
can be considered as part of the District’s 5-Year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and
implemented as budgeted.
FISCAL IMPACT:
As part of the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Mid-Year Budget, the Board approved allocating $60,000
for professional design services in FY2017-2018 and allocated $600,000 in improvement costs
to the FY 2018-2019 Budget.
ATTACHMENT:
Attachment 1 – Portside Partners Building Color Schemes
Attachment 2 – Existing Harbor Village Conditions (Paint, Awnings, Patio Covers, Signage)
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Overall View of Promenade
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Current Harbor Village Paint
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Current Harbor Village Awnings
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Current Harbor Village Patio Covers
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Current Harbor Village Signage
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