California marinas may receive millions for improvements

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Marina will head up a list of California boating facilities eligible for as much as $6.6 million in new loans from the California Boating Commission when the commission meets this week, reported in a story on its Web site today.

According to a release from the California Department of Boating and Waterways, the commission will consider a third-phase loan of $6 million to improve the West Harbor at the San Francisco Marina.

The loan would be used to demolish existing berths and construct reconfigured berths in the West Harbor, upgrade electrical and water dock utilities, install new barrier-free access gangways with security gates, construct a new breakwater and dredge and improve area buildings.

Funding for the projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of gasoline for their vehicles and the repayment of loan and principal interest.

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