VIDEO. From the San Mateo County Harbor District meeting Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 at 1:00pm by Zoom.
Request by Mavericks Festival, LLC in Cooperation with Sea Hugger for Special Event Permit with Permitting Fee Waiver.
The District received a request for a Permit to host the first annual Mavericks Festival Awards Ceremony on October 30, 2021 onboard Pillar Point Harbor. The event would be hosted by Mavericks Festival, LLC in cooperation with Sea Hugger.
Mavericks Festival, LLC/Sea Hugger is requesting a fee waver of 80% of the District permitting fees. Total fees for the event are $11,800, including a $5,000 application fee and a $6,800 permit fee for a Special Event 6.
The 80% fee waiver being requested totals $9,440.
Mavericks Festival, LLC (Applicant) is a for-profit company. Sea Hugger is a local coastal-dependent organization registered as a nonprofit under 26 U.S. Code §501(c)3. More information about Sea Hugger can be found at: https://www.seahugger.org.
The District received an application for the permit from Amy Broome (Event Coordinator) on behalf of both parties (Attachment A).
Per that application, the purpose of the event is to celebrate Mavericks, the athletes that surf it, and the Half Moon Bay community. It will also address water safety and environmental protection. Permittee has provided the following additional detail:
• This would be the first event with potential annual recurrences thereafter.
• 90% of the net proceeds from the Mavericks Festival will be used for prize money for the Mavericks Awards. In addition, 10% of the net proceeds will go to the local environmental partner, Sea Hugger.
• The focus of the event will be Mavericks, surfing, safety, and environmental education.
• Various vendor partners (including surf companies and local vendors) are being engaged to participate in the Mavericks Festival. Food, drinks, and souvenirs (including photographs and surf gear) will be sold by vendors.
• There will be a large screen showing video footage of Mavericks on a continuous loop.
• The festival will contain an area dedicated to water safety and may include Pillar Point Harbor Patrol, Mavericks Rescue, the U.S. Coast Guard, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department, and/or Coastside Fire Protection District/CalFire.
• 2,500 – 5,000 attendees are expected.
• The main lot (Lot A) at PPH would need to be closed to public access for the festival to take place. Parking at the harbor would be significantly impacted, especially considering that the event would take place on a busy weekend. Traffic control by District staff will be necessary.
• Mass transit and carpooling will be highly encouraged.
• Approximately 4 District staff will be required to provide supervision and parking management.
• One large speaker and microphone will be used.
• One projector and large screen will be used, and one stage will be set up.
• Nighttime work and/or lighting will not be required.
Applicant is asking for an 80% fee waiver to be granted under the condition that the applicant use 90% of the waived portion to funds the awards themselves, and the remaining 10% to local environmental partner Sea Hugger (Attachment B).
In the letter dated June 11, 2021, Applicant requests an 80% fee waiver for the total permitting fees, which is $9,440. (Application Fee: $5,000, Special Event 6 Permit Fee: $6,800).
Pursuant to the District’s Event Fee Schedule, “The General Manager may waive fees up to $2,500 per event for non-profit coastal dependent applicants”. The authority granted to the General Manager to waive up to $2,500 in permitting fees is not sufficient to waive the requested portion of fees for the 2021 Mavericks Festival.
District policy provides the approving authority for large events is the Board of Harbor Commissioners. The 2021 Mavericks Festival qualifies as a large event based on the number of anticipated participants and impact to the Harbor.
Policy 5.4.1. further provides the District “reserves the right to waive required fees for an event that is deemed to serve a significant District or other public interest as determined by the Board of Harbor Commissioners.” This Board has not waived these fees in the past, due to lack of opportunity since this is a new event beginning in 2021.
Motion: The General Manager is authorized to issue a Special Event Permit, with a 80% fee waiver in the amount of $9,440, to Mavericks Festival, LLC in cooperation with Sea Hugger for the 2021 Mavericks Festival to take place on October 30, 2021.
1) Mavericks Festival, LLC in cooperation with Sea Hugger’s Full Application Packet
2) Mavericks Festival, LLC in cooperation with Sea Hugger’s Fee Waiver Request
San Mateo County Harbor District Board Meetings ~ 3rd Wednesday @ 1:00pm
Wed June 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Board of Harbor Commissioners Contact Information:
Virginia Chang Kiraly, President
Nancy Reyering, Vice President, Secretary
Tom Mattusch, Treasurer
William Zemke, Commissioner
Edmundo Larenas, Commissioner
District Office: 504 Avenue Alhambra, Ste. 200, El Granada, CA 94018
Mailing Address: PO Box 1449, El Granada, CA 94018
Phone: (650) 583-4400 Fax: (650) 583-4614
The Harbor District is governed by a five-member Board of Harbor Commissioners, who were elected county-wide for staggered four-year terms. Beginning with the election in 2020, Commissioners will be elected by District, as was approved by the Board of Commissioners in 2018.
Following shows when each Commissioner’s term ends.
- Chang Kiraly, Mattusch, Zemke – 2025
- Larenas, Reyering – 2022
For information regarding Election procedures and deadlines, click this link to San Mateo County’s Shape the Future.
At the Regular Board meeting of January 15, 2020, Commissioner Nancy Reyering was voted in as President of the Harbor Board of Commissioners for the calendar year, 2020.
At a special meeting of the Harbor Board of Commissioners on September 19, 2019, Commissioner Reyering was elected to the office of Vice President in addition to her office of Secretary.. .
At the January 16, 2019 Regular Board meeting, Commissioner Reyering was elected to the position of Secretary by the majority of the Board.
Commissioner Nancy Reyering was elected to the San Mateo County Harbor Commission in November 2018.
Nancy is a lifelong peninsula resident. She graduated from Stanford University with degrees in Linguistics and French. During her professional career, she founded a property development and management company specializing in executive office complexes in Atherton, Menlo Park, and Redwood City. As a volunteer she has taught high school (AP French), served as VP at Stanford Professional Women Alumnae Association, and is currently a director of the Committee for Green Foothills.
Awards for Ms. Reyering’s work include a San Mateo County Sustainable Development Award, and Woodside Environmental Champion.
As a third generation Californian, and a sailor from a young age, Ms. Reyering has sailed out of almost every port in San Mateo County, and has lifetime interests in our coast and marinas. Nancy will work collaboratively with the public and fellow commissioners to ensure the mission statement of the Harbor District is met.
At the January 15, 2020 Regular Board meeting, Commissioner Chang Kiraly was voted in to the positions of both Vice President and Secretary of the Harbor Board of Commissioners.
Commissioner Chang Kiraly was elected as President of the Harbor Board of Commissioners at a special meeting on September 19, 2019. She was previously Board President in 2018.
At a special meeting on November 16, 2015, the Board of Commissioners interviewed six candidates seeking to fill the vacancy on the Board. Virginia Chang Kiraly was appointed by the Board to fill the vacancy, Commissioner Chang Kiraly ran for a four year term in 2016 and won, being elected to a four year term on the Harbor Board. She was re-elected to Vice President of the Board on January 18, 2017.
Virginia earned her B.A. in Government and Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2007, she was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the California Commission for Economic Development. She served on the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury for two years from 2007-2009 and as Foreperson from 2008-2009. During her time on the Civil Grand Jury, she led an effort to connect public school fire alarms to first responders, such as fire departments (2008-2009); curb public employee pensions in San Mateo County cities (2008-2009); and discourage public agencies from using cash out re-funding of their general obligation bonds (2007-2008)– a practice that has since been deemed illegal in California.
Virginia has fifteen years of professional experience in corporate financial analysis, planning, and investments. She is a former Senior Director of the Nasdaq Stock Market and has worked at some of the country’s leading financial institutions.
She serves on the boards of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, California State Parks Foundation, and Sequoia High School Education Foundation. She is the founder and President of Ring The Bell Fund, which was established in 2012 to advocate, educate, and raise funds for school fire alarms to be connected to first responders and for automatic sprinklers to be installed in schools. She is a member of the San Mateo County Community College District’s Measure G Parcel Tax Oversight Committee and the Sequoia Union High School District’s Career Technical Education Steering Committee. She is a guest lecturer on “Women & Management” at Notre Dame de Namur.
A daughter of Chinese immigrants, Virginia was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She and her husband, Ken, live in unincorporated West Menlo Park with their two sons.
Contact information for Virginia Chang Kiraly:
At the Regular Board meeting on January 15, 2020, Commissioner Tom Mattusch was once again voted in as Treasurer of the Harbor Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Mattusch has served as the Treasurer in 2018 and 2019.
Commissioner Tom Mattusch was first elected to the San Mateo County Harbor Commission in November 2014, and re-elected in November of 2016. He was elected as President of the Commission, re-elected for a 2nd term at the Board Meeting of January 18, 2017.
Captain Tom Mattusch is the owner/operator of the Huli Cat, a charterboat in Pillar Point Harbor. He has fished the West Coast since 1967. He fishes for salmon, rockfish, tuna, Dungeness crab, flatfish and Humboldt squid. Tom also participates in Nature Trips, Bird Watching, Whale Watching and ash scattering at sea. He was a Member of the CA DFW Salmon Stamp Committee, License Agent Advisory Committee, NOAA’s Sportfishing Action Team and is an Ambassador for DFW’s Fishing Passport Program. Tom was a Member of the Regional Working Groups for the Central and North Central Coast Region to assist in the creation of the network of marine reserves along the coast. Past Board Member of the Golden Gate Fishermans Association and the Fishery Enhancement and Research Foundation. He is currently on the Board of Coastside Fishing Club and assists the National Weather Service as a Marine Users Group member. Tom has collaborated with the PCFFA and Institute for Fisheries Research on research projects. In addition to charterboat activities Tom participates in fisheries research with NOAA/NMFS, The Nature Conservancy and has completed projects with Scripps, Point Reyes Bird Observatory and Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. He has participated in Exempted Fisheries Permit projects for chilipepper and other underutilized species. Tom has experience in healthcare operations management and an MBA in Management. A former competition freediver, underwater hockey player, Tom has worked out of Pillar Point Harbor since 1992.
Commissioner Zemke was appointed to the position of Commissioner San Mateo County Harbor District, District 1 on November 3, 2020 for a term of four years. He has been a resident of South San Francisco since 1976 and has worked to improve the community as an appointed city official on various commissions as well as filling many volunteer positions.
Raised in Spokane Washington, he received a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1973. Upon graduation he moved to California to take a position with Pacific Gas and Electric. Over a 38 year career he worked on generation planning and environmental and regulatory compliance activities, and received the Company’s Mielke award for Outstanding Community Services in 1996. He enjoys woodworking, gardening and other outdoor activities including hiking the diverse environments of San Mateo County’s shorlines, forests and hills.
Commissioner Larenas was re-elected to his seat on the Harbor Board of Commissioners in November of 2018.
Commissioner Larenas was elected as Secretary of the Harbor Board of Commissioners at the Board Meeting of January 17, 2018.
Edmundo Larenas was re-elected to a four year seat on the San Mateo County Harbor Commission November 6, 2018. Commissioner Larenas was elected originally for a two year seat on the Commission November 2016.
Commissioner Larenas was voted to the position of Treasurer at the SMCHD Board Meeting of January 18, 2017.