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Port San Luis Plans Huge New Campground / New Fish Growing Pens Studied

Harbor Terrace is an approximately 50-acre site above San Luis Bay, the site of a former mobile home park. The entrance to the new facility will be just east of the access road to Diablo Canyon.Once constructed, the proposed campground will help meet the need for lower cost accommodations in the region by providing a mix of tent camping, tent cabins, and RV sites serving up to 300 visitors at a time.

The developer, Bay Area-based GMB Realty Partners says “Our vision for Harbor Terrace is to create a truly unique Coastal Camping Resort where every view is a coastal view.”

The resort offering will include 102 RV locations,50 tent camp sites,25 tent cabins, a main lodge, a restaurant ,market-deli, boat and trailer spaces and other harbor uses.

Harbor manager Steve McGrath of Port San Luis says the hillside project will boost tourism, be a “significant source of  revenue” for the district and  offer storage facilities for fishermen,a big draw to the area.Clearly it will help other Avila Bay businesses, including port concessions as well.

The California Coastal Conservancy a state agency established in 1976 to enhance coastal resources and access has reviewed the plan is expected to approve a memorandum of understanding with Port San Luis on the project in February. “In return for the Conservancy carrying out the entitlement activities, the District will agree to provide the Conservancy with a portion of any revenue it may receive from the leasing of the site to a private entity for the construction and eventual operation of the campground “says minutes of a December joint meeting. The conservancy will approve a $400,000 grant to help to establish the campground there.

The Port San Luis dsirct has been in the planning phases for Harbor Terrace for over 10 years.GMB has estimate the cost of the project at $15 million. Once all approvals are in place the project will take 15 to 18 months to build, says the developer.

Port San Luis ,located in Avila Bay on on a south-facing beach with the prevailing winds and swell from the north offers a sheltered cove and some of the greatest weather on the entire Central Coast.

The Coastal Conservancy notes that Harbor Terrace could be attractive to moderate to lower income visitors.” Out of more than 1,600 hotels, RV parks and campgrounds in California’s coastal counties, fewer than 10% offer accommodations under $100 per night” says a Conservancy report on the project.

“All of these improvements will be designed and sited to minimize impacts to the area’s natural and scenic resources and to meet today’s energy efficiency standards. “ says a Conservancy report.

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Growing Pens For Sea Bass Planned At Port San Luis

Central Coast sea bass fishing could get better once growing pens to add to their local population get growing this year.Port San Luis Harbor manager Steve McGrath says the pilot project is modeled after sea bass growing pens in southern California where they have successfully boosted the fishery there.”We will see how it works in these colder waters” says McGarth.

The growing pens were used at Port San Luis on Avila Bay to grow salmon and sturgeon but were discontinued after it was determined by  California DF&G that the practice could be harmful to the wild salmon  population. But there is no such problem with sea bass.

The district filed a negative declaration this  month and will now go to the California Coastal Commission and State Lands Commission for their blessing.
McGrath says the project could start this summer. The hatchery fish will be pend in the ocean at Port San Luis and feed for 2 to 3 months before being released. McGrath says before the fish are a year old they can be caught.

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