Harbor Activity Report for June 2022

Photo by Agnieszka Sanchez

While we don’t have any specific activities to report for the month of June, the Harbor Department can insure you that summer has arrived. Boaters began arriving early to insure a mooring inside Avalon for the Fourth of July. Our grave crew was kept busy with numerous visitors indulging in the libations found at local establishments, which also resulted in a few bouts of fisticuffs. There’s the sporadic up and coming artist who feels the need to decorate the walls of the public bathrooms. And, of course, we can’t forget the shenanigans of our younger generation (mostly) … jumping off the pier dive shop roof, the fuel dock, the Mole and the tops of boats moored near Step Beach (without permission, of course).

There’s always a little drama in the anchorage areas; a drifting boat, a sinking boat, who owns what boat, does anyone own the boat and so on. Finally, there’s the occasional heated disagreement over the personal preference of flags flown on one’s boat.

Avalon Harbor Patrol is only part of the team of professional responders and enjoys its close working relationships with city of Avalon Fire Department, LA County Sheriff’s Department, LA County Fire and LA County Baywatch, who all work together cooperatively to respond to the needs of our citizens and visitors.

Unfortunately, the Harbor saw the lowest number of boats in the harbor this June since June of 2016. It’s possible that the cost of fuel is affecting boaters and/or that other destinations have opened up to visitors following the past two COVID years. However … the cruise ships returning to Avalon has been a good boost to revenues.

June 2022 stats

People aboard boats—6,408

Vessels Moored—1,602

Vessels Anchored—110

Moorings Sold / Transferred—2 / 0

Citations Issued / Discharges—1 / 0

Total Cruise Ship Passengers / Visits—28,963 / 9

Weather Warnings—3

Rain (inches)—0

Rain Days—0

Average Temp, High—68

Average Temp, Low—59

Average Sea Temp—67

Additional Harbor Patrol Stats

Medical Assists – 12

Non-Medical Emergencies – 3

Enforcement encounters – 64

Public Assist – 116

Security Patrols – 283

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