SAN PEDRO, Calif. — July 29, 2009 — The Los Angeles Board of Commissioners recently approved six community projects in Wilmington to be funded under the Aesthetic Mitigation Program for a total of $5.1 million.  The projects, which were recommended by Port of Los Angeles Community Advisory Committee (PCAC) are:

 Banning’s Landing Education Program
$1 million will be spent on an education program about the health effects of goods movement and resources.

L.A. Harbor Lighthouse Restoration
$1.8 million is going towards the restoration of Angels Gate Lighthouse, which has marked the entrance to the Port since 1913, to its original condition.

Tall Ship Restoration & Youth Program Expansion
$771,000 is for the restoration of the tall ship Swift of Ispwich and expansion of a dockside program into

Storm Water Education Program
$75,000 will be spent on an education program for local elementary schools focussing on storm water pollution prevention.

Wilmington Marina’s Parkway
$1.45 million will go towards a Wilmington Marinas Parkway, continuing waterfront beautification by landscaping a buffer along Anchorage Road Dredge Material Storage Site.

Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Electronic Message Board
50,000 is for constructing an electronic (LED) message board which in addition to broadcasting information about local event will also include the Port logo and Port information.
Each project’s funding must again be approved by the Board once the applicant agreements or construction documents are finalized.
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