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For Immediate Release
Friday, February 24, 2012

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Patrice Milkovich, CCAC Director
619.575.6176

Construction Begins on New Floating Dock
at Crown Cove Aquatic Center

CORONADO – Dredging began this week to make way for a new boating platform to support and expand aquatic programs at Southwestern College’s Crown Cove Aquatic Center (CCAC). Construction is expected to be completed by April 12.

The project involves the construction and placement of a 100-foot gangway and a 20-foot by 30-foot floating platform on the bay side of Silver Strand State Beach. The floating platform will allow the Center to bring home its three Catalina 22 Sport sailboats currently berthed at the Pier 32 Marina (National City) through a generous community partnership.

The $286,335 project is completely funded by the California Department of Boating and Waterways and supported by the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

“After a very long planning and processing period, we are very excited to see this work commencing. The ability to dock our boats at Crown Cove lends itself to improved student outcomes while providing added safety and security measures for all participants,” states CCAC Director Patrice Milkovich. “The cooperation among State Parks and DBW has been a tremendous asset in continuing to further recreational boating opportunities to our general public.”

Approvals required nearly five years of planning and negotiating with a variety of coastal and environmental agencies.  The local contractor performing the work is R.E. Staite Engineering Inc., which has been directly involved in the evolution and construction of the San Diego waterfront since 1938.

About Crown Cove Aquatic Center

Crown Cove Aquatic Center (swccd.edu/crowncove) is a partnership between the Southwestern Community College District, the California Department of State Parks and the California State Department of Boating and Waterways. The Center offers:

  • Educational programming in outdoor recreation boating and leadership development.
  • Credit and non-credit courses.
  • Youth Aquatic Adventure Day Camps and group programs.
  • Private and small group instruction.
  • Water safety and lifeguard training.
  • American Heart Association Community Safety Program training and certification.

About Southwestern College


Established in 1961, Southwestern College is the only public institution of higher education in southern San Diego County, serving approximately 400,000 residents of communities including Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Nestor, Otay Mesa, Palm City, San Ysidro, Sunnyside and Coronado. The College District offers more than 300 associate degree and certificate options. More information at swccd.edu.


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