Catalina Island News

Avalon Harbor Activity Report - February 2017

City of Avalon

Avalon and Catalina Island saw 12 days of precipitation in February!  The Harbor Department logged a total of 4.56 inches of rain this month.  After 13 wind warnings in December and 14 wind warnings in January, we got a little bit of a break with only one Gale warning and six Small Craft Advisories

The dreary weather kept boaters away, so the Harbor counts are down quite a bit from previous Februarys.  However, we are extremely grateful for the rain.

It’s hard to believe that the Fuel Dock replacement project began a little over a year ago.  Now the buildings are up, the utilities are in, the gas dispensers are installed and the project is approaching completion.  There will be an RFP posted in the near future for the construction and operation of the dock café.

At its February 21st meeting, the Avalon City Council awarded the Avalon Shore Boat Franchise to a local business, Catalina Coastal Tours LLC.  They plan to start running the service the first week of March.

The 36th annual Avalon Harbor cleanup was held on February 25th and went off without a hitch.  The partners in the event include USC Hyperbaric Chamber and the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies - Catalina Conservation Divers.  “Cleanup divers removed an astonishing 5,200 pounds of trash from Avalon Harbor! 384 attendees, along with the support of 90 volunteers, banded together to collect everything from beer cans to boat parts.”  For more information regarding this event, go to:

February 2017 stats are as follows:
People aboard boats: 628
Vessels Moored: 157
Vessels Anchored: 25
Moorings Sold / Transferred: 2
Citations Issued / Discharges: 0/0
Total Cruise Ship Passengers: 18,609
Average Temp – High: 61
Average Temp – Low: 51
Average Sea Temp: 58
Rain: 4.56"
Rain Days: 12
Weather Warnings: 7