Harbor grant to improve restrooms and showers

September 15, 2002 11:00 pm

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.

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

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

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