10:12 pm
  Local News
  State / National / World
  Opinion / Letters
  Arts / Entertainment
  Submit Event
  Comics / Games
  DJ Designers
  Advertise With Us
  About Us
Letter: Safety at Pillar Point Harbor should come first
April 28, 2014, 05:00 AM


The new hoist location on Johnson Pier at Pillar Point Harbor (“New fish hoist raises concerns at Pillar Point” in the April 18 edition of the Daily Journal) will harm small business owners by causing unnecessary delays in commercial fishing operations, creates a workplace hazard and jeopardizes public safety.

Pillar Point Harbor is a working harbor that attracts many tourists, and worker and visitor safety should be an absolute priority. While the Harbor Commission is focusing on obtaining revenue from additional unloading fees from the new hoist, who is going to pay for someone getting injured as a result of the now extremely crowded work space? Imagine a busy day on Johnson Pier where fishermen unload their catch, forklifts move around to help load semi-trailers with heavy bins of fresh fish, and the occasional inquisitive family with a baby stroller navigates through this on a narrow pier. Now, all this activity has to maneuver around an awkward new hoist location. Increased revenue is a good thing, but not when safety is jeopardized along the way.

The Harbor Commission needs to listen to the stakeholders impacted by their decisions. The Harbor District should make every effort to support small fishing businesses and their desires to keep Pillar Point Harbor a safe workplace. It is unacceptable that the Harbor District’s answer to the earlier collapse of an existing hoist was that “it was not clear who was at fault in that accident because the maintenance logs could not be located” (Half Moon Bay Review, April 16, 2014). The Harbor District is a public agency that has to ensure public safety and not jeopardize it.  

Nicole David 

Half Moon Bay



Tags: harbor, hoist, pillar, safety, their, point,

Other stories from today:


Print this Page Print this Page  | 
<< Back
Return To Archives

Daily Journal Quick Poll
What do you think of the Trump administration releasing a nearly $650 million grant to give the green light for the Caltrain electrification project?

Great news, tremendous
I'll believe it when I see it
Glad, but wondering why it took so long
Don't like it
Not sure


Feds announce Caltrain electrification funding: Delayed $647M grant will finally receive approval, allowing modernization to proceed
After months of advocating to modernize the Peninsula’s commuter rail line, it’s full-s..
Letter: Flynn cites 'public frenzy,' invokes FiFth Amendment
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, invoked h..
Delay in court case deepens health insurance uncertainty
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration and House Republicans on Monday asked a federal appeals cour..
More >>  
©2017 San Mateo Daily Journal
San Mateo County election results