3 running for Port San Luis Harbor District

Two seats are up for grabs in the Nov. 2 election on the board of the county’s largest special-purpose district — the Port San Luis Harbor District.

Board of Commissioners incumbents Drew Brandy, a commercial fisherman, and Brian “Craig” Kreowski, a Shell Beach attorney, are running for re-election.

San Luis Obispo real estate consultant Harry Yasumoto is also running.

The harbor district manages the harbor facilities, the beach, parking lots and the pier in Avila Beach and the nearby historic Point San Luis Lighthouse. The district has an annual budget of $4 million and employs 24 people.

About 73,000 people living south of the Cuesta Grade are eligible to vote in district elections.

The district is generally not controversial. However, a recent grand jury report was critical of several aspects of its operation.

The district faces several challenges in coming years.

One perennial problem is siltation, which restricts use of the district’s two boat launches if it is not dredged annually.

The harbor’s breakwater — a crucial piece of infrastructure — is crumbling, and a portion of it needs a $2.8 million rebuild, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Another long-term goal is development of the 20-acre Harbor Terrace recreational facility.

Reach David Sneed at 781-7930.