Long Beach Harbor has Construction Woes

Contributor: Nick Patrick
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Updated: 2/13 8:11 pm
Phil Kies, the Port Commission President, says, "What can I say? We're in deep trouble." Permit delays dealing with construction at Long Beach Harbor have put several key projects on hold for months, causing some boats to move harbors. Kies also says, "The major thing that we want to get done, the Port Commission, the city, is get that fuel facility back so we don't lose any more boats. We want to bring boats back in because we're losing money operating the harbor right now.” Until construction is completed, people using the harbor have no way to fuel their boats. Kies says he was hoping to have the permit issue resolved by March, but now that time frame has been pushed back. Kies also says, "The probability isn't very good because F.E.M.A. told me in an email that they expected it was going to take N.O.A.A. 30 to 60 days to review the application."

Now even without these permits, not all the construction at Long Beach Harbor was put on hold. Some dirt work is still being done on the south side of the harbor. William Angley, the Harbor Master, says, "On the southern quay, we had some unforeseen damage be brought to site. During that excavation, we found further damage from the pump action." This damage, combined with the lack of a fuel station and the harsh winter, has taken a serious toll. Angley says that until it gets warmer and these issues are resolved, boats will continue to seek out other harbors. Angley also says, "It’s kind of hard for a boat to go out all the time and everything else and enjoy themselves when the fuel isn't here, so it’s kind of hindering them, keeping them here, and acquiring new boats.” Kies says once N.O.A.A. approves the fueling station, F.E.M.A. will send the application to the Corp of Engineers before final approval can be gained.

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