On Monday, November 5th, the Santa Cruz Harbor unexpectedly posted signs at the free, public hand-launch platforms near dock FF and dock A on the west side of the harbor declaring a $10 launch fee per vehicle would be instituted for all watercraft beginning November 17th.
These historically free public, hand-launch docks are utilized by thousands of members of the public each year, launching kayaks, small sailboats, one-man outriggers, stand-up paddleboards and more. This $10 fee would end free, safe public access to the harbor and to the Monterey Bay via the harbor.
It is also becoming clear that the excessive fee is not just a revenue issue. The high fee is being used to discourage SUPs, kayaks and other hand launchers from using the harbor as a result of a few, undocumented complaints made by some disgruntled harbor users. Don't let the District and the haters take away our harbor access!
At the last Port District meeting Save Harbor Access members presented 568 signatures. But we need another 500 to show them we are here and we're not going away. Please sign the petition if you haven't done so already. And come to the next Port District Commissioners meeting on December 18. 365A Lake Avenue. Santa Cruz CA.