Development of Marina Facilities on the Southern California Coast

by John M. Nichol,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: World Marina '91


The Southern California coastal region has developed recreational boating facilities through the use of existing bays, creation of new inland water areas and the construction of small boat harbors seaward of the original shoreline. Much of this development occurred during the late 1950's and 1960's with the facilities both public and combined public and private endeavors. Concerns in the 1970's of natural habitat losses along with limited opportunities and access of the non-boating public in some facilities resulted in modifications of planning criteria and design requirements. In the subsequent development of the Long Beach downtown marina along with the Port of Los Angeles Cabrillo facility, the projects reflect a greater sensitivity to habitat enhancement as well a providing greater public recreational opportunities.

Subject Headings: Ports and harbors | Recreational facilities | Harbor facilities | Sea water | Water-based recreation | Light rail transit | Public buildings | Bays | California | United States | Los Angeles

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