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50th Anniversary Events and Information


50 years have passed since the official opening of Channel Islands Harbor in 1965.  What started as a sand collection point to solve erosion problems to the south became a harbor hosting thousands of boaters, residents, and visitors.  The beginning of the story is outlined here.

In 1939 there was great celebration in western Ventura County with the opening of the Port of Hueneme.  The Port provided a new opportunity for trade and jobs.  What was not known at the time was that the northern jetty at the Port sent the sand that flowed naturally along the coast into a submarine canyon just off the Port.  As a result, sand no longer replenished the beaches south of Port Hueneme, erosion occurred quickly.  The City of Port Hueneme and the adjacent naval base experienced flooding, and even loss of structures.  By this time the federal government had taken over the Port as part of the World War II Pacific front.  In order to address the erosion issue, Congress requested a study from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with the goal of identifying a solution.

The report from the Chief of Engineers recommended that a sand trap be located at what is now the entrance to Channel Islands Harbor.  The development of the breakwater and jetty structure required to build the sand trap created a perfect opportunity for a harbor along the coast.  A deal was struck between the County and two longtime landowners, the McGrath and Bard families, for a combination donation and purchase of land where the Harbor now sits.  The federal government built the entrance structure to create the sand trap.  The County funded the dredging of Channel Islands Harbor and the revetment, or sea walls, to keep the water areas open.

Construction for the new harbor didn't begin until 1959, and was completed in about 1963.  In the meantime, the County began construction of the initial Harbor area.  From that point forward, every two years, the Army Corps of Engineers moved sand from the sand trap at the southern end of  Hollywood Beach to Hueneme Beach.  Beginning there, the sand began its natural progression south, enriching the Navy base, Ormond Beach, and Mugu Naval Air Station.

Special 50th Anniversary
Activities All Year Long:

Car Shows:

Father's Day Car Show - June 21, 2015

Central Coast British Car Club Car Show - July 19, 2015

Vintage VW Car Show - August 8, 2015

Ventura Vintage Rods Harbor Run 25 - September 13, 2015

Momentum Charity Car Show - October 10, 2015


Concerts by the Sea:

Every Saturday, July 11 - September 5, 2015, 4 pm - 6 pm


Parade of Lights:

December 12, 2015
Theme: Celebrating the 60's

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