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Casa Sirena Project Update

Casa Sirena & Lobster Trap

Last Updated 10/2/2019

The Public Works Amendment (PWPA6) adopted by the Board of Supervisors on March 22, 2016 was approved by the California Coastal Commission on July 14, 2016 and the Notice of Impending Development (NOID) was approved on June 8, 2018. Construction permits are ready to be issued pending resolution of a few minor items.

The replacement of the old Casa Sirena Hotel and Lobster Trap Restaurant is moving forward.  The replacement of these decrepit buildings with a new Hyatt Hotel and adjoining restaurant are part of a three-project plan at the end of Peninsula Road.  The marinas will be rebuilt and the protective rock revetment will be replaced at the same time the hotel and restaurant are rebuilt. The hotel project is undergoing a change in plans to meet the current building code.

The demolition and rebuild of these major projects simultaneously will take a herculean coordinating effort.  As a result, there are joint agreements that must be executed regarding construction phasing and coordination, as well as agreements regarding funding and responsibilities for shared space.  It is anticipated that these agreements, as well as the updated ground leases, will go to the Board of Supervisors by the end of the year and that demolition will being by March of April 2020.

At this point, it is anticipated that hotel/restaurant abatement and demolition will take four months and then the revetment removal and replacement will take six months.  After the revetment is replaced, it will take a month for ground stabilization work, and then eighteen months to rebuild the structures.  The marina demolition and rebuild will be occurring throughout this same time period, as the marina will stay open during the entire period and be rebuilt a dock at a time.

If all goes as planned, the new hotel/restaurant is scheduled to open in late 2022.

Fisherman's Wharf Project Update

Fisherman's Wharf

Update posted 10/2/19
F.W. Rendering

On June 14, 2016, the Board of Supervisors approved Public Works Plan Amendment #7, which allows for development of a mixed-use project at Fisherman's Wharf. The proposed Public Works Plan Amendment #7 is posted online, along with the Consideration of Environmental Factors. Click here to view reports.

The Fisherman’s Wharf proposed project is again moving through the process.  The County has requested an amendment to its Public Works Plan in order to accommodate the project.  In order for the Coastal Commission to approve the amendment, the City of Oxnard must also amend its Local Coastal Plan.

On March 6, 2019 the County submitted information to the City of Oxnard to complete the application for a Local Coastal Plan amendment.  The most significant issue is whether residential units will be allowed at that location.  The City of Oxnard’s 2030 General Plan, which was adopted in 2011, recommends mixed use (residential and commercial) for that area, so the County is hopeful that the City will amend its Local Coastal Plan to be consistent with its adopted 2030 General Plan.

On August 22, 2019, the Oxnard Planning Commission recommended denial of a Local Coastal Plan Amendment, which would allow for the project to proceed to a hearing at the Coastal Commission. The next step in the process is a hearing with the Oxnard City Council.

Whale's Tail Project Update

Whale's Tail

Update posted 10/2/19
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We are seeking a developer/operator for the Whale’s Tail Restaurant.  We are in the process of cleaning and up the exterior of the parcel and the interior of the building, as we prepare to show the property.  The development/operating agreement will be a standard ground lease, where the developer/operator will fund the renovations in exchange for a long-term lease.

Dredging at the Channel Islands Harbor

Dredging at the Channel Islands Harbor is Complete

Update posted 5/8/19
Dredging at the Channel Islands Harbor is Complete

Navigating the Channel Islands Harbor will continue to be safe and down coast beaches received more than 1.5 million cubic yards of much-needed sand thanks to a dredging project that was completed in March 2019.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the project every two years and dictates the schedule, which started on December 8, 2018 and ended on March 17, 2019. Originally scheduled to be complete by the end of February 2019, the project experienced time delays and reduced production due to weather conditions and mechanical breakdowns.

The amount of sand transported requires the use of a suction dredge, whereby the sand is moved through a large pipe to its destination. There is no other feasible dredging method for a project of this magnitude.

The total volume of sand moved after the final survey was 1,560,000 cubic yards.

How Often Does Dredging Happen and Why Is It Important?

The Army Corps typically dredges every two years under legislation that authorized the small craft harbor and sand trap to be built in the early 1960s. The harbor entrance was designed to trap sand to prevent loss into the submarine canyon off of Port Hueneme. That material is then moved mechanically past the canyon to provide sand replenishment for down coast beaches.

The sand bypass and replenishment protects and provides benefits to Silver Strand beach, the Port of Hueneme, naval bases at Point Mugu and Port Hueneme, City of Port Hueneme, and neighboring wetlands. Beaches erode over time due to normal sand migration along the coast. Without dredged materials, all of these areas would be vulnerable to flooding and continued erosion.

The last time the harbor entrance was dredged was December 2016 to February 2017.

Dredging Project Made Possible with Federal Funds

Congress allocated $12.3 million in federal funding to the Army Corps June 2018 to complete dredging projects in Ventura County at Channel Islands Harbor, Ventura Harbor, and the Port of Hueneme.

Funding for the dredging projects was made possible with the support of Congresswoman Julia Brownley, whose district includes the Channel Islands Harbor.

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