A recently-launched, redesigned website showcasing Channel Islands Harbor businesses, events, news, and services has received top awards from two professional associations.
The website, www.channelislandsharbor.org, was redesigned by Searle Creative, a Ventura-based marketing company, in collaboration with the Ventura County Harbor Department. The Harbor Department owns and manages the website. The website was launched in June 2018.
“The redesigned website provides the perfect platform for Harbor Department staff to provide up-to-date information about Harbor businesses, events, news, and services,” said Mark Sandoval, Harbor Director. “Thank you to Searle Creative for their excellent work and our online community for turning to our website to find relevant, factual information about the Harbor.”
In March 2019, the American Advertising Federation awarded Searle Creative with one of its prestigious Gold ADDY Awards in the “Consumer Website” category of the 2019 American Advertising Awards – Coastal California Competition. The ADDY Awards is one of the advertising industry’s largest creative competitions, attracting nearly 35,000 professional and student entries each year nationwide.
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And that's a wrap! Searle Creative won two gold, one silver and one bronze Addy for 2018. We couldn't be prouder of our team, or more thankful to our amazing clients! #squadgoals #addyawards #addys #agencylife #creative #adagency #marketing @channelislandsharbor @venturarental @castrawberryfest
In April 2019, the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) awarded the Ventura County Harbor Department with its Excellence in Public Information and Communications (EPIC) Award in the “Digital Communications: Website/App” category.
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We couldn’t be more thrilled to take home an EPIC Award at last night’s CAPIO Conference. The Harbor Department received the award for its revamped website, www.channelislandsharbor.org. Thank you to all the Harbor businesses for providing accurate info to us for residents and visitors. A huge shout out to @searlecreative, the web design company who helped us showcase how beautiful the Harbor is! ❤️🙌🤩 #channelislandsharbor #capio2019 #searlecreative #harborgoals #harborlife #visitoxnard #vcclife #capio
The redesigned website helped the Harbor Department reach its goal of positioning the Channel Islands Harbor online as a top regional destination to visit. The Harbor Department executed an aggressive content marketing plan in an effort to promote businesses, events, news, and services. In the first six months of the launch, pageviews increased 168% for businesses, 141% for events, 141% for news, and 62% for services when compared to the previous year. Overall, user visits to the website increased 55%.
The Channel Islands Harbor is managed by the Ventura County Harbor Department and owned in fee by the County of Ventura. The majority of the Harbor is operated by private businesses who have been granted long-term leases by the Board of Supervisors.
Editor’s Note: this story was published on April 17, 2019.
Channel Islands Harbor residents and visitors are in for a treat this week. The Channel Islands Maritime Museum is offering a variety of special activities as part of its “Museum Week.” Festivities kicked off earlier this week, but there’s still plenty to do. Here’s a rundown of the remaining activities at the Museum: Wednesday, April…Read More
As a native Californian, I welcome the recent rain in this drought starved State as much as anyone, but I am really ready for the summer to be here. The Harbor was a wonderful place this weekend as we were finally able to enjoy some prolonged sunshine. Whether I am on my apartment balcony, riding a bike on the promenade, on a treadmill at the Edge Fitness Club looking at the Harbor, or meandering through the Farmer’s Market, it is always a great time to be at the Harbor.
On Sunday, March 24, we enjoyed the annual Celebration of the Whales Festival in the west Harbor. This event has taken place on some scale for more than 20 years. In the past five years it shrank and now it appears there is new life to the event thanks to a collaborative effort. Last year, the Channel Islands Maritime Museum joined the Farmer’s Market to host activities for families. This year, we worked with the Museum to enhance the event by introducing a “migration trail” between the Market and Museum. The trail included activities for families, chalk artists creating some wonderful whale and sea chalk art, and table top booths with NOAA representatives talking about the wonders of whales and the ocean habitat. At the Maritime Museum, there were a number of activities for families – including free admission to the Museum.
While I estimated there were over a thousand walkers, 130 of the families completed the migration trail for a drawing for free whale watching tours courtesy of Island Packers and Channel Islands Whale Watching. We evaluated the drawing submissions, and found that about 60% of the participants were from outside of the Oxnard, which illustrates that the Harbor is definitely a regional draw.
A big thank you goes to the Harbor Department Public Information Officer, Jed Chernabaeff, Maritime Museum Collections Manager/Curator Heather Behrens, Maritime Museum Board Members Pat Hart and Susan O’Brien, and the dozens of volunteers from the Maritime Museum who made this a wonderful day at the Harbor. The Harbor Department is excited to help support this family-friendly event.
Planning and Development in the Harbor
The biggest news regarding Planning and Development in the Harbor is that the next installation of the Harbor Academy will cover this very topic. It is scheduled for 6 p.m. on April 4, 2019 at the Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club. We will be discussing the process for Harbor planning and development, a quick review of the last two decades of development, and an update on projects that are currently in the queue. Don’t miss this presentation but be sure to pre-register.
As I mentioned last month, the three projects on the Peninsula, the Hyatt House Hotel/Restaurant, the Peninsula Yacht Anchorage Marina and the County protective rock revetment project are all finishing the permitting process. We held a joint meeting with all of the project principals last week, and all of the outstanding issues were settled. It is now a matter of finalizing all of the legal documents, such as lease amendments, common area and construction agreements, and taking them to the Board of Supervisors for approval. I am planning that this will happen in May and we will be breaking ground in June.
The Fisherman’s Wharf proposed project has cleared a small hurdle this month. As I mentioned last month, in January 2018 the County submitted an application to the City of Oxnard for a Local Coastal Plan Amendment, and early this month we provided additional required information and deposits to the City. Last week, they deemed the application complete, and included a list of additional information needed to proceed. We will work on providing that information, and then wait and see where the City takes the project through its process. I continue to hold out hope that we will get some much-needed re-development on that parcel sooner rather than later.
As always, live every day to the fullest.
Mark Sandoval, Harbor Director
Ventura County Harbor Department
Editor’s Note: this message was originally published on April 3, 2019.