Sabrina Brennan: Why I am running for Harbor Commissioner

The San Mateo County Harbor District is between the devil and the deep blue sea. It’s time for an overhaul.

I’m running for San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner because of my commitment to helping Pillar Point Harbor and Oyster Point Marina thrive.

As Commissioner I will work to improve visitor-serving facilities at both Oyster Point Marina and Pillar Point Harbor and work with local restaurant and business owners to strengthen their customer base. Broadening the economic viability of the Harbor District is of the utmost importance.

Buying seafood at Pillar Point Harbor supports the commercial fishing industry and the local economy. I will put my marketing and event planning skills to work promoting the Harbor as a great place to enjoy fresh seafood.

The Draft Project Management Plan being developed by the Army Corps of Engineers to address Surfers Beach erosion is scheduled to be released September 2010. I strongly support plans for a demonstration project to determine the best strategy for slowing the rate of erosion at Surfers Beach and look forward to reading the draft plan.

Providing a public restroom facility at Surfers Beach is a top priority and could be achieved quickly through a management agreement with County Parks.

I support developing the California Coastal Trail through Pillar Point Harbor. This segment of the trail will offer pedestrians and bicyclists a working harbor experience while meeting ADA standards.

I’m committed to improving water quality at Pillar Point Harbor and Oyster Point Marina. San Mateo County Beachwater Contamination Results are the second worst in the state. In 2009 Pillar Point was ranked number two and Oyster Point was ranked number five in terms of beach closure/advisory days due to beachwater contamination.

If elected I would prioritize Harbor Patrol Search and Rescue services. Fast emergency response time is a very important service currently being provided by the Harbor District. The Pillar Point Harbor Search and Rescue team works with Cal Fire and the Coast Guard to provide fast response times to emergencies. This important service has saved numerous lives. Beach goers, recreational boating, surfing and the commercial fishing industry ALL benefit from maintaining a high level of service. If the Harbor District Search and Rescue team is cut back or disbanded altogether the Coast Guard will need to fill the gap; response time by helicopter out of San Francisco can take up to 45 minutes.

I will work hard to balance the Harbor Districts budget as soon as possible.

I would be honored to have your vote on Tuesday, November 2, 2010. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Sabrina Brennan

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