The cost ranges from $2,000 to $5,500 depending on the size of your boat.
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No, the District fire rings on Olde Port Beach have been discontinued and bonfires are no longer allowed on the beach.
After the 2019 season, the Harbor District began looking at the Seasonal Fire Ring program to evaluate public safety, environmental and overall management concerns.
In doing so, the District found that bonfires, both the allowed bonfires in District fire rings and illegal bonfires made outside of the rings, have become a significant source of public safety, water and sand quality issues. These issues include a steady increase in debris such as broken glass, nails and other sharp objects, aluminum/metal cans, plastic and general garbage occurring in and around the bonfire sites and in random areas of the beach/ocean. Another serious risk that was found is hot coals/embers covered with sand that can remain hot for several days and pose a burn danger to unsuspecting beachgoers.
The District also found there has been repeated damage to the rock revetment due to creation of fire pits from the revetment boulders, as well as vandalism to the restrooms, access ramps and staircases.
Our Facilities Department has noted there was approximately 250 District staff hours spent on the March to November program. Those hours included weekly removal of debris (glass, plastic, nails from pallet burning, etc.) from the designated fire rings, necessitating use of a backhoe in many instances. The hours also include clean-up of the many illegal fires conducted outside of a designated fire ring.
Those issues, coupled with the severe fire danger and proximity of a fuel-filled hillside, has led the District to discontinue this program.
The next RFP for licenses is anticipated to be released in September.
The District issues annual licenses to a limited number of movable vendors and concessionaires who have responded to the RFP. A movable vendor is defined as:
“Concessionaires selling or renting beach gear (e.g., suntan lotion, beach chairs) or providing services (e.g., event planners, instructors) or other products from portable stands, carts, or other facilities that are removed from the site after business hours. A movable vendor does not have real property rights.”
Note: San Luis Obispo County Parks Department manages the Plaza (promenade) and Park in Avila Beach. Contact the Parks Department at (805) 781-5200 for information on commercial activities in these areas.
Many items are lost or accidentally left behind by visitors. Any items of value that are found or turned in to District Staff are kept at the Harbor Office at 3950 Avila Beach Drive in Avila. If you have recently lost an item and would like to see if it is in our lost and found inventory, please contact the Harbor Office at (805) 595-5400 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The District makes every effort to return lost property to its rightful owner.