What’s Up Dock?

Try fitting 90 feet of boat in 78 feet of pier.

Mathew Arcoleo and his business partner John Mayer of Discovery Whale Watch have been battling the city since March over whether or not his new 90-foot whale-watching boat, the Island Explorer 3, fits the criteria outlined in a city lease agreement for Old Fisherman’s Wharf.

The city says Arcoleo and Mayer only have 78 feet of dock space on which to tie up the boat, which they sailed down in March from Washington state. The contested length is less than the length of a Prius.

What’s Up Dock?

Oregon Slaughters Seals So Salmon Still Survive

Won’t see this nonsense in Oregon.
Seal Posse Red Sign

The sea lion population has steadily increased in the last several decades, but it has come with a cost, one being paid by already imperiled stocks of steelhead and salmon.

“The steelhead have a 90 percent extinction risk if nothing changes,” says Shaun Clements, a biologist and senior policy analyst with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Which is why Oregon has taken the drastic step of actively culling – segregating and euthanizing – certain individual sea lions.

Oregon Slaughters Seals So Salmon Still Survive

Monterey Against STRs

Second paragraph here – Greed they call it.

AirBB Poop

To thwart homeowners from renting out their houses for short periods of time and consequently taking them off the market for long-term renters, the Monterey City Council is continuing its beefed-up enforcement of its short-term rental ban.

The short-term rental industry in Monterey sprung from owners of second or third homes renting out the houses for vacationers and others for a price they could never charge long-term renters.

Monterey Against STRs

Seagull Solution: African Cats

The City of Virginia Beach posted a picture of an African serval cat, believed to be Rocky, wearing a tracking collar, standing in the 2300 block of Shore Drive about 80 miles from his home.

Brian Hankins, of Kitty Hawk, says he owns Rocky, and he has posted pictures of the spotted cat lounging with the family dog.

Animal Control officers theorized that having plenty of seagulls to eat along the way may have helped Rocky on his journey.

Seagull Solution: African Cats

Traffic Is Bad, Oh What Will We Do?

Lighthouse Ave Traffic

Every year one side talks and pays traffic consultants and the other side woos more tourists. Dont’t you think they should get together over some taquitos and sangria down at Tia Maria and settle it?

Monterey is looking at making upgrades to Lighthouse Avenue and Del Monte Boulevard that would ease the congestion on two of the city’s main through ways.

  • incorporating smart traffic lights
  • constructing so-called “bulb outs” shortening the distance pedestrians must walk
  • making Lighthouse and Foam streets one way streets

and my favorite discovery this year::

  • there are only two lanes available through the tunnel

Traffic Is Bad, Oh What Will We Do?

Seals Off To Good Start, Expect More Sharks

Mister Jaws

Akeman and her husband visit the seals almost daily and track their numbers, conducting a Harbor Seal Census annually. This year the pair are predicting 55-60 live births based on how things are going with Koala and her pup and their count on pregnant moms.

2018 was a very good year for the colony and Baynet recorded 70 births. The population has been in recovery mode since 2014 when changing ocean temperatures in the bay depleted food sources. In 2016 just 16 pups were born in the Monterey area.

Seals Off To Good Start, Expect More Sharks

We Are All For Bacteria And Germs

Caused by poorly washed metal straws.

P.G. has already instituted a voluntary effort for restaurants to stop serving plastic straws, but “we’re looking at a broader scope than just straws,” Garfield said. “We are ratcheting down the use of all single-use plastic.”
The voluntary effort was led by the P.G. Chamber of Commerce and Sustainable Pacific Grove. Jeninni never had plastic straws from the day it opened five years ago. Owner Thamin Saleh said he didn’t know about metal straws when he opened so he didn’t serve any. Today he uses metal straws.

“It’s a personal belief,” Saleh said. “I don’t believe in waste. It has an unnecessary impact on the environment and our oceans”

We Are All For Bacteria And Germs

City Approves Diseases From Restaurants

Not only do the restaurants substain the gulls, now clean sterile food wrappers are being eliminated.

Cynthia Garfield, city councilwoman for Pacific Grove, said Wednesday that its version of a single-use plastics ban is being crafted in the city’s planning department and will come before the City Council this year.

P.G. has already instituted a voluntary effort for restaurants to stop serving plastic straws, but “we’re looking at a broader scope than just straws,” Garfield said. “We are ratcheting down the use of all single-use plastic.”

City Approves Diseases From Restaurants