More than a decade after first being proposed, and after years of controversy, work is officially getting underway today on a boating instruction, and safety center at Oxnard’s Channel Islands Harbor.
The six million dollar Channel Islands Boating Center will be located on the west side of the harbor.
The project created controversy because of its size, and location, with opponents suggesting different locations, or not building it at all. Ventura County Supervisors eventually approved the project. Some environmental, and legal challenges have been resolved.
County leaders will be on hand for a groundbreaking ceremony at 1:30 this afternoon (10/14), next to the Ventura County Maritime Museum. The center will be affiliated with Cal State Channel Islands, with the goal to offer a range of educational program related to boating, and the marine environment. The federal government is contributing some exhibits to the facility, with the state picking up most of the price tag for the overall project.
Plans call for the complex to be completed, and operational in about a year.