Ventura County has applied for a $500,000 state loan to build a boat storage facility on U.S. Navy property adjacent to Channel Islands Harbor.
The application, approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors, is the first step toward toward constructing a 250-stall facility on a six-acre site near the Victoria Avenue entrance to the Naval Construction Battalion Center base.
County officials are negotiating with the Navy for a long-term lease on the property. Supervisor John Flynn said that in exchange, the county would lease the Navy up to 28 boat slips at Channel Islands Harbor plus a harbor building where Navy personnel could sail and train.
Officials at county-run Channel Islands Harbor say a dry-dock facility is needed to meet future boating demands at the harbor, which is expected to have a shortage of about 500 boating slips by the mid-1990s. According to county estimates, the storage facility would open for business in 1989 at two-thirds capacity and be completed by spring of 1990.