Heart and Soul of Channel Islands Harbor

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By Dotty Pringle
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Let’s have the Fisherman’s Wharf in Channel Islands Harbor (Oxnard) that we can all enjoy: Here is a collection of suggestions/ideas from over 6,500 people who stated this is what they would enjoy spending their money on at the CI Harbor…I have curated below for you.
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Fisherman’s Wharf, Channel Islands Harbor, in its current un-renovated state. Photo: George Miller/CitizensJournal.us

How about a smart subsidized group of projects…group concession fees, harbor and marina related visitor serving eats, shops, retail, gallery, get Children’s Gull Wings Museum back to Oxnard would be nice! A shop that supports our disabled Veterans, selling hats, shirts, etc….the Base is our largest employer here, let’s honor them always!
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Keep the businesses that are there now, add a huge Veterans Memorial at entrance of harbor w/huge lights and great huge flags, info screen/compass rose area for island history and harbor history tours. Add an aquarium restaurant, we have boat rentals, and open spaces and sunshine areas w/park benches, vendors, need larger parks, more access for our disabled in harbor and bring in MUSICIANS!
A Salt Water Park w/a Zip Line, a 10 hour 3 day a week Farmers Market, specialty coffees, a special beer, wine and port store would be great. A cheese and cracker store, specialty scotch, tequila, whiskey, rum, etc…store. Need a small Book Library, next to a Coffee/Bread/Pastry Shop…..Marinas love this and Boaters like to read books, even trade their books/movies. 
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We have fishing trips, cruise trips, diving, a gorgeous hotel, and the best pizza ever. We have bars, great hamburgers in this area and our sunsets are sooooo perfect that Telescope Points are needed to see all the Channel Islands and our majestic mountains! Little outdoor/in Cultural Food Cafe’s are much needed!
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Some solar powered sheltered free parking and outdoor table/sitting charging stations to offset electricity in harbor at night, so we have a SAFE place to sit and enjoy food/drink, like we have on our university campuses. A Bark Park for dogs, restaurants w/outdoor umbrellas overlooking a bike path that extends from the eastside harborside all the way from CI Blvd. to Kiddie Beach on Silver Strand. How about a homemade bread store, and a specialty tea shop? Water taxi’s will also be needed as soon as we get more businesses in harbor. Many opportunities for all!
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We are not getting McGrath back, so all harbor serving businesses need to face launch near existing RV area. Expand camping area due to loss of McGrath and add sand beach play area for kid campers and S’more Pits, shade trees and some grass. An awesome Ice Creamery…please we want you all to join in and add to this, write to the California Coastal Commission in Ventura. 
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Bed and Breakfast stays, boats delivering food to other boaters and more docks for the restaurants. A Community Center that was promised, for starters…would be wonderful! Oh, and a Ferris Wheel. Caramel apple slices and sno cones, flavored popcorn…Jalapeño Poppers and Beer Bar, an Outdoor Fishing Tank, teach our kids how to catch a fish and then it can be fried right there on the spot for dinner and eat outside…..there is a moral in there somewhere. 
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Dotty Pringle
CI Harbor Research Lady
The CINeighbors.com site also provides some useful information, as does http://ciharbor.org.
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Dotty and thousands of others don’t want this proposed design:

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Fisherman’s Wharf- Public Land For Public Use!

Fisherman’s Wharf- Public Land For Public Use!

By Dottie Pringle -Ventura County wants to Profit from The People! We are absolutely not against development! Please understand it is very important that these  developers or any others that would be involved in a lawsuit. It matters because it is the reason they have a lawsuit against them that we are concerned with. We are frightened […]


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4 Responses to Heart and Soul of Channel Islands Harbor

  1. Dotty Pringle July 3, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Above is a picture of the developer’s wants, this project is NOT WHAT THE PUBLIC WANTS.

    WHAT IS CURATED above was taken from the public comments.

    Reply
  2. Dotty Pringle July 3, 2017 at 8:59 am

    It’s the County, not city. Please join in on a Letter writing campaign to our Coastal Commission and Attorney General
    to let them know this project is too big and dangerous for such
    a small intersection.

    There are better locations for this 390-600 unit LA Life-Style
    4 story luxury apartments in Oxnard.

    Thank you. Public Land For Public Use!

    Reply
  3. Dotty Pringle June 1, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Sheryl,

    I wish it were that easy…jurisdictional laws are involved as is the state, everyone must correspond and negotiate.

    Apartments will devalue your property and the County wants to
    rip Public Land from our “cold dead hands” once again. They are vultures and this fight is not over!

    Reply
  4. Sheryl Hamlin May 3, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Proposed design is tasteless and has no relation to a harbor. It will devalue property. Oxnard planners have once again shown their commitment to southern California mediocrity.

    Reply

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