Sportfishing Businesses Reopen at Channel Islands Harbor

A fisher is silhouetted, rod bent heavily

Anglers itching to go deep sea fishing can do so out of the Channel Islands Harbor thanks to the County of Ventura’s Health Officer providing sportfishing operations the go-ahead to operate. Dr. Robert Levin, Ventura County Public Health Officer, made a decision to allow sportfishing businesses to resume operations under pre-established safety guidelines.  Operations at…

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Channel Islands Harbor Farmers Market Expands Hours

A women chooses from pints of fresh cherries and apricots

Patrons at the Channel Islands Harbor’s Sunday Farmers Market will have additional time to shop thanks to a change in hours. Market hours will now be from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. instead of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ventura County Harbor Department Director Mark Sandoval said patrons and vendors asked for additional time because…

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Harbor Fundraiser Benefits Healthcare Workers

4th of July fireworks pictured over Channel Islands Harbor (prior year's celebration)

Funds originally raised in a GoFundMe campaign to support the Channel Islands Harbor’s July 4th Fireworks Show have been donated to purchase protective equipment and supplies for Ventura County healthcare workers. The Channel Islands Harbor Lessees Association launched a GoFundMe campaign early this year to support the Harbor’s 4th of July event. Nearly $5,000 was…

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Recreational Rental Businesses Reopen at Channel Islands Harbor

A few people are paddling towards the kayak rental dock on the harbor

Recreational rental businesses at the Channel Islands Harbor received the go-ahead from the County of Ventura’s Health Officer to operate. Visitors seeking to rent boats, kayaks, standup paddle boards, electric boats, jet skis, and bicycles will be able to do so immediately. Dr. Robert Levin, Ventura County Public Health Officer, amended the Stay Safe at…

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Jr. Lifeguard Program Canceled for 2020

4 teens race to the water carrying buoys

Both sessions of the Ventura County Junior Lifeguard Program will be canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. The Junior Lifeguard Program, sponsored by the Ventura County Harbor Department, offers youth 8 to 15 years of age the opportunity to receive instruction in lifeguard rescue techniques, emergency medical first-aid, ocean sports activity, physical conditioning, marine…

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Ventura County-Managed Beaches Moved to Soft Closure

Ventura County Kiddie Beach, sans kids

Residents who visit County of Ventura-managed beaches will be limited to essential physical activity such as walking, jogging, swimming and surfing while practicing social distancing guidelines, the Ventura County Harbor Department announced. Harbor Department Director Mark Sandoval said residents who want to visit Hollywood, Silver Strand, and Kiddie beaches will not be allowed to sit,…

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May 2020 Director’s Message

A rowing team paddles in the harbor

Another surreal month is behind us, and an unknown future is ahead of us.  I hope and pray that this scourge has not impacted the health of you or your loved ones.  The economic impact, however, will undoubtedly impact every one of us, likely for many years to come. The Harbor Department has been very…

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