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Santa Margarita Lake could get $540,000 in renovations

Forestt Lillund and son Wayne load kayaks into their truck after paddling on Santa Margarita Lake. They are at the White Oak boat launch ramp at the lake.
Forestt Lillund and son Wayne load kayaks into their truck after paddling on Santa Margarita Lake. They are at the White Oak boat launch ramp at the lake. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Launching boats and cleaning fish at Santa Margarita Lake should go a bit more smoothly if the county Board of Supervisors approves a half-million dollar upgrade Tuesday.

The renovations, paid for by a $540,000 grant from the California Department of Boats and Waterways, include a solar power installation at the White Oak restroom and the removal of overhead power lines between the marina and White Oak boat launch area.

Removing those lines is “a safety measure to prevent sail boat masts from hitting” them, according to a staff report by Shaun Cooper, senior parks planner.

In his report, Cooper noted that the county has been trying to upgrade aging facilities at both Santa Margarita Lake and Lopez Lake regional parks. At Lopez Lake, it has replaced boat launch ramp boarding floats and repaved the Marina and Cottonwood Cove parking lots.

Much of the infrastructure at Santa Margarita Lake is 20 to 25 years old, Cooper wrote. The county recently replaced a restroom and fuel storage tanks there, and the new work will refurbish a fish cleaning station and repave the Marina and White Oak boat launch parking lots.

The board has placed the item on its “consent agenda,” which is where supervisors put matters they do not intend to discuss.

The Board of Supervisors meeting begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the County Government Center, 1055 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo.

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