As one of only 12 small-boat harbors left along the California coast, the Channel Islands Harbor is a rare and precious coastal resource within the city of Oxnard. Ventura County owns the harbor land and has shamefully allowed many of the moderately priced visitor-serving facilities, including Fisherman’s Wharf, the Casa Sirena Hotel on Peninsula Road and the Whale’s Tail restaurant on Harbor Boulevard, to deteriorate.
October 12, 2017 Appearing yesterday at a Coastal Commission meeting in Chula Vista, City Attorney Ken Rozell, appearing on
behalf of the City, and members of HBCA won a clear victory at the Coastal Commission when the Commission
agreed that the Harbor Department and County could not by-pass the City’s jurisdiction. The County had
sought to have the Coastal Commissioners over rule the Commission’s Executive Director’s determination that
the Public Works Plan Amendment required review and approval by the City prior to the Fisherman’s Wharf
project moving forward.