SAN PEDRO — For more than 1,000 Southern California boaters, Wednesday was sort of like Christmas and the Irish Sweepstakes rolled into one.
At stake was something that money alone could not buy: coveted slips in the new Cabrillo Marina.
Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley did the honors, reaching into wooden boxes and pulling out the first two names in a lottery designed to give boaters an equal chance.
The first two winners, who will get priority in choosing slips, were Robert J. Stuart of San Pedro and Joe Bernstein of Gardena. They were among the 1,125 who will be able to dock their boats in the marina when it opens late this year.
That left more than 700 who did not get picked.
Bradley said the lottery signified more than happiness for individual boaters, who will pay $6.95 a foot monthly to keep their vessels at the marina being built by the Los Angeles Harbor Department.