Business and Tourism Activity Panel (BTAP) Minutes
Date: January 16, 2002
Time: 9:30-11:30 AM
Location: Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Center
US Abalone, BTAP Chair; SAC member
Karen Grimmer, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Bryndie Beach, AMBAG
Jorge L. Corral Meza, West Marine
Maggie Ivy, Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Center
Stephanie Harlan, SAC Chair, AMBAG
Dan Haifley, SAC Recreation Rep, ONeill Sea Odyssey
Kimbra Eldridge, Santa Cruz Port District
Draft Meeting Notes - a Summary of the Meetings Proceedings.
Welcome and Introductions (David Ebert)
Dave Ebert, BTAP Chair gave welcoming comments. Individual introductions
Dave added an item regarding a letter to Bill Douros, Sanctuary Superintendent
from Art Seavey of Monterey Abalone, and gave a brief summary about
the letter. The letter will be on our next meeting agenda.
December SAC Meeting Update (Karen Grimmer)
Karen gave a summary of the December SAC meeting proceedings in Half
Moon Bay, including some background on public scoping and SAC member
comments for the Joint Management Plan Review. Please see following
web page for more detail:
BTAP members discussed the issue of personal water crafts in the Sanctuary,
and how to potentially regulate the activity versus the
craft itself. A general comment about expanding enforcement of the activity
and following up with DFG on that issue. The panel decided to add Personal
Watercraft Issues to the next BTAP meeting agenda.
MBNMS Joint Management Plan Review (JMPR) update: Scoping Meeting Update
Karen gave a brief summary of the public scoping meeting schedule, how
the prior meetings had been conducted, and what meetings were still
in progress. She also recapped the upcoming SAC process of reviewing
and prioritizing the issues.
BTAP involvement in Joint Management Plan Review
This item was continued to the next meeting, as the SACs input will
drive how the BTAP will be involved.
member information on MBNMS web page (K. Grimmer)
Karen asked the panel if they would be interested in having a webpage
on the MBNMS website, similar to the other three working groups, that
gives information on the BTAP, its mission, and its members. The group
requested that Karen and Dave work on a page, and send it to the BTAP
member listserv for review and input. Included should be active member
contact list, BTAP meeting notes and meeting agendas, BTAP JMPR Recommendations,
and background information.
Sanctuary Reflections Awards (D. Ebert)
Dave had requested nominations for the Business award, and had received
one business, West Marine, nominated by Dan Haifley. Dan gave an overview
as to why West Marine deserves the award, and the panel motioned to
support the nomination.
The BTAP nominates West Marine for the Sanctuary Reflections Business
Motion introduced by Dan Haifley, seconded by Maggie Ivy
(Vote: 7 in favor, 0 opposed (unanimous))
Maggie Ivy passed out a letter to AMBAG that nominates the Santa Cruz
Harbor and Port District for an award. The BTAP decided to forward the
letter as a general nomination for other categories such as the Organization
Dan gave an update on the Santa Cruz City Council JMPR comments and
their interest in
altering the boundary in front of the Boardwalk, and their desire for
a visitor center at Sea
Cliff State Beach.
Karen announced the SAC Recruitment period for four seats is closing
this week for Conservation, Tourism, Diving & Education.
Stephanie announced the Task Force is reprinting the 50 Ways to
Get Your Feet Wet Brochure, and is looking for new sponsors for
the piece. She also needs help distributing the rest of the current
supply. Stephanie also suggested that the Sanctuary produce more newsletters,
and maybe an e-newsletter. Lastly, she announced that we (Karen and
Stephanie) will be attending a two day SAC Chair and Coordinator meeting
in Florida the first week in February.
Jorge gave a presentation on the Sanctuary and the JMPR to 100 West
Marine employees, and is creating a Sanctuary Bulletin Board.
He will be looking at creating a Friends of the Sanctuary
group in the near future.
The next meeting date March 20, 2001. Location TBA, possibly the Monterey
Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
May 15 West Marine?
July 17 Monterey, TBA
Meeting adjourned at 11:30 PM
Notes submitted by Karen Grimmer, MBNMS Advisory Council Coordinator