Harbor grant to improve restrooms and showers

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By Jennifer Henion

Triplicate staff writer

The accommodations for boats visiting the Crescent City Harbor are going to get better starting this winter.

The Harbor District received a letter this week from the California Department of Boating and Waterways awarding a $100,000 grant.

Though final approval of the award is not in from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser-vice, Harbor Chief Exe-cutive Officer Rich Taylor said it is expected in about 90 days.

andquot;But, (Boating and Waterways) doesn't send these letters out unless they're pretty darn sure,andquot; Taylor said.

The money will let the harbor rehabilitate the restrooms behind the harbor district office, install a laundry facility and improve the showers there.

Better restroom facilities in the harbor have been needed for quite some time.

Business tenants of harbor-owned buildings have moaned repeatedly that the unclean and deteriorated accomodations are unusable and too embarassing to send their customers to.

The new laundry facilities will also likely be a welcome change to visiting boat crews that before had to seek out a laundromat in town.

Taylor said that it is the same type of grant that funded construction of the visiting-boat dock located in the inner boat basin in front of the harbor office.

andquot;Now we have a place for them to tie-up, come pay their moorage fee and then use the new facilities,andquot; he said.

The harbor district also hopes to win grants soon to install new fish cleaning stations and a new boat ramp, Taylor said.

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