HARBOR GROUP MEETS WEDNESDAY AT COOKHOUSE

From the Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group :

Local Jurisdiction for Coastal Permits?

Eureka–The Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group’s monthly luncheon for September will be held Wednesday, September 25. The presentation at this month’s luncheon will be about getting local jurisdiction over Coastal permits for port-related projects.

California is home to 11 major ports:

  • Inland ports (the Ports of Stockton and West Sacramento)
  • San Francisco Bay ports (the Ports of Oakland, Redwood City, Richmond, and San Francisco)
  • South Coast ports (the Ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles, Hueneme, and San Diego)
  • North Coast port (Port of Humboldt Bay)

All but one—the Port of Humboldt Bay—are busy, working harbors. They not only provide jobs, good wages, and tax revenues; but are also recreation destinations.  They have mitigated safety and environmental issues and have created new green technologies to maximize utilization of their facilities and resources.

Why is the Port of Humboldt Bay not one of them?

One contributing factor may be that the Port of Humboldt Bay is the only California port subject to State Coastal Permit jurisdiction. The Inland ports are outside the State’s Coastal Zone, and not subject to State Coastal Permit jurisdiction.  The San Francisco Bay ports are explicitly excluded from the Coastal Act, and too are not subject to State Coastal Permit jurisdiction.  The South Coast ports are included in the Coastal Zone; but they have acquired Coastal Permit jurisdiction by securing certified port master plans as authorized under the Coastal Act.

But the Coastal Act did not provide the Port of Humboldt Bay the same opportunity as the South Coast ports to acquire Coastal Permit jurisdiction. The State Coastal Commission and other State agencies treat the Port of Humboldt Bay less favorably… differently than any other of the State’s ports.

The Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group believes this needs to change.  There is no reason for greater restriction of our port over the others. Having local jurisdiction over Coastal permits for port-related projects would be a major step toward restoring Humboldt Bay’s Harbor into a working port.
There is a way our local legislators can work proactively to correct this inequality. This is the topic for the luncheon…a strategy for getting local jurisdiction over Coastal permits for port-related projects.

The Harbor Working Group’s luncheons are held on the last Wednesday of each month. Their programs focus on the development of the Port of Humboldt Bay as an international seaport. Last year, the presentations were directed to envisioning the Harbor as an international seaport. This year, the programs are dedicated to learning what can be done—and what is being done—to make it happen.

The luncheon is a “no host” event. Lunch starts being served at noon; and the presentation starts around 12:30.

House choice will be served for lunch at $16 and 

soup and salad is available for $12.  Please RSVP at 707-441-1974 or charles.bean@yahoo.com.

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