About the Waterfront
The Waterfront Department is responsible for managing approximately 252 acres of tidelands and submerged lands encompassing the Harbor and Stearns Wharf. The Waterfront Department is an enterprise fund and operates from revenues generated from the resources it manages; primarily lease revenue, slip fees, and parking fees.
There are a total of 1,143 slips in the Harbor, about 10% of which are used by commercial fishermen and 90% by recreational boaters and others that are all subject to slip permits. The Harbor business/commercial area includes nine major buildings, all of which are owned by the City, including the Waterfront Center, the largest building in the area.
While the Harbor area is a mixture of oceandependent, ocean-related, and visitor-serving uses, the Wharf’s primary commercial uses include restaurants, retail shops, a bait and tackle store, and limited office space.
The Waterfront Department also operates eight parking lots along Cabrillo Boulevard between Leadbetter Beach and East Beach.
The Waterfront Department is budgeted in the Waterfront Fund.