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Marina del Rey growth may be painful for boaters

April 10, 2010 |  8:09 am


Marina del Rey is the largest man-made pleasure boat harbor in the world.

But it could become a tad smaller under a Los Angeles County plan that has generated much debate in the coastal community. The county wants to reduce the number of boat slips by 476, from 4,731 to 4,255. If approved, it would mean a 23% drop in the number of boat slips at the marina since 1999.

County officials say the reductions are needed to build slips for larger boats, which are in increasing demand.

Santos H. Kreimann, the director of the county Department of Beaches and Harbors, said most of the marina's docks were built in the 1960s, but as boat construction materials have changed from wood to fiberglass, boats have become longer and wider. 

As a result, the county wants to accommodate the next generation of boats.

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--Rong-Gong Lin II in Marina del Rey

Photo: L.A. Times file