Ventura Harbor—A Critique

by K. C. Klinger, County of Los Angeles Dep of Beaches, and Harbors, Marina del Rey, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: World Marina '91


The author was General Manager of the Ventura Port District, the agency responsible for the operations of Ventura Harbor, from 1971-1977. While the harbor is a viable facility in the 'harbor of refuge' system of Southern California, its financial success has been limited in relation to the norm of other similar Southern California harbors. His subjective remarks on why this has occurred deals with the political, physical and economic conditions of the harbor. The article cites various conditions leading to the tenuous relationship with private entrepreneurs and offers various conclusions and examples of why the harbor has not been a viable financial success.

Subject Headings: Light rail transit | Financial management | Ports and harbors | Economic factors | Managers | Harbor facilities | Political factors | Private sector | California | United States

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