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The re-opening of the newly renovated Marina del Rey Hotel has helped to boost tourism in the Marina

It’s an exciting time in Marina del Rey! Hotel renovations are making waves across the Marina, the community celebrated its 50th birthday last April, and tourism has surged this past year! Those of us who work and live in the Marina know what a special places it is and we’re bursting with pride that others are spreading the Marina love.

On that note, our local newspaper,  The Argonaut, published a story in today’s issue that spotlights the Marina’s increase in tourism, highlighting contributing factors as to why people are flocking to our waterfront destination for work and play.  We’re thrilled to share the news story here. Enjoy!

Marina love,

Valerie

One of the biggest misconceptions of Marina del Rey is that in order to get on the water, you need to own a boat, or know someone who has one. To that we say, no boat? No problem! We’re sharing our top ten ways you can enjoy the Marina’s sparkling waters…and maybe get in a little exercise as a bonus ;)

  1. Kayak - Rent a kayak! With companies like Marina Paddle, Marina del Rey Boat Rentals and Pro SUP Shop, there’s no shortage of rentals. New to kayaking? Sign up for lessons with the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center.

    Kayaking in the Marina

    Kayaking in the Marina

  2. Jet Ski – Fast and fun, where else can you zip across the Santa Monica bay? Rent one from Marina del Rey Boat Rentals.

    Jetski Fun

    Jetski Fun

  3. Chartered Sail – Gather your posse and enjoy a full (or half) day on the water. Your skipper will take care of the navigation while you enjoy views of the coastline and squeal at dolphin sightings. Check out our list of charter companies in the Marina, and don’t forget to pack a picnic for your day at sea!

    Sunset sail

    Sunset sail

  4. Rowing – Quite possibly the biggest calorie burner on the water, the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center  offers sculling classes to the public where you’ll learn techniques to row like a collegiate athlete.

    Rowing

    Rowing

  5. Cruise – Champagne brunch on the water? Yes, please. A dinner dance cruise under the stars? Sounds lovely. Sunset cocktail cruise? Um, duh. Hornblower Cruises & Events offers weekly cruises to the public. All you have to do is decide which one strikes your fancy.

    Relax on the water with a harbor cruise!

    Relax on the water with a harbor cruise!

  6. Paddleboard Yoga – Yes, you read that right! Yoga is making a splash across the Marina waters. Take your practice to the next level with a YOGAqua class near Marina (Mother’s) Beach. The calm water is the perfect place to make the ocean your yoga mat.

    Learn yoga on a paddleboard!

    Learn yoga on a paddleboard!

  7. Rent a boatMarina del Rey Boat Rentals offers both electric and motor boat for enthusiasts of all skill levels. Hang out in the harbor with a duffy boat or break out onto the Pacific with a high-powered beauty. The choice is yours.

    Duffy boat picnic

    Duffy boat picnic

  8. Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) – On a stand-up paddleboard, you’ll be walking on water. This unique combination of balancing and paddleboarding guarantees a fun morning or afternoon in the sun – not to mention a killer core workout. Rentals available throughout the Marina at Marina PaddleMarina del Rey Boat Rentals and Pro SUP Shop.

    SUP in the Marina

    SUP in the Marina

  9. Fishing Trip with Captain Rick – Catch your dinner! Marina del Rey Sportfishing offers daily trips out on the Santa Monica Bay. Fun for the whole family or go solo on a new adventure. Seasonal whale watching also available.

    Adventures at sea with Marina del Rey Sportfishing!

    Adventures at sea with Marina del Rey Sportfishing!

  10. Marina del Rey Waterbus – Available on the weekends and holidays during the summer, the Waterbus is a fun way to get on the water! For $1 each way, guests are transported across the harbor to popular spots like Burton Chace Park, Fisherman’s Village and Marina (Mother’s) Beach. It’s the best deal in town!

    During the summer, hop on the Marina del Rey Waterbus!

    During the summer, hop on the Marina del Rey Waterbus!

  11. Marina del Rey Parasailing – Ok, I know the title technically says “top ten,” but why not add a little bonus? Marina del Rey Parasailing takes you out on the Pacific with some of the BEST views of Los Angeles. And that’s only half the fun. The thrilling boat ride onto the ocean is well worth the trip alone.

    Parasailing over SM Pier

    Soar over world-famous attractions like the Santa Monica Pier

See you on the water!

Marina love,

Valerie

The Tavern at Tony P's

The Tavern at Tony P’s

Superbowl Sunday (aka #SB50) will make a touchdown of a splash this weekend. From viewing parties & football jerseys to buffalo wings & halftime show glory, this is a day that sport lovers, marketers & Coldplay fans have been looking forward to for the past few months.

The Bar at Killer Shrimp

The Bar at Killer Shrimp

Still not sure where to catch the big game? Today Marina del Rey has compiled an awesome list of Westside hot spots that are sure to fit your football fancy. Our top picks from the list? The Tavern at Tony P’s and the giant bar at Killer Shrimp (and, yes, that’s a waterfront view from the bar’s patio).

So pull up a chair, order your finger foods & get your hooting & hollering voice ready to cheer on your top pick!

Marina love,

Valerie

We’re in the thick of the holiday season & the joyful tunes, festive spirit & endless sea of sweets & treats are flowing throughout our waterfront community! With hotels offering special winter rates, Christmas Day dining cruises & brunches & a New Year’s Eve fireworks show, it’s no wonder the Marina is buzzing with holiday cheer.

The Marina del Rey CVB is wishing everyone a beautiful holiday season & sending bright wishes for great adventures in 2016! Let’s make a splash in the New Year ;)

The Marina del Rey CVB celebrates the Holidays at Scopa Italian Roots

The Marina del Rey CVB celebrates the holidays at Scopa Italian Roots

Marina love,

Valerie

The Marina del Rey Fire Department stopped by the CVB offices for an emergency preparedness session

The Marina del Rey Fire Department stopped by the CVB offices for an emergency preparedness session

September may have been National Preparedness Month, but it’s never too late to ensure that you are fully prepared in case a major natural disaster strikes your area. While California is mainly known as “earthquake country” or a wildfire hot zone, other natural disasters like tsunamis & El Nino have crept into the conversation of emergency planning. And recent weather patterns & alerts have made it clear that both occurrences should be taken very seriously.

In an effort to arm residents with resources & tips to effectively plan for such events, we’ve compiled a list of important numbers & websites on our emergency information page which includes everything from tsunami evacuation routes & local sheriff contact to alert notices & FEMA preparedness. We’ve also listed the top FAQ when preparing for a major disaster (see below).

We encourage you to take action in becoming fully informed & prepared. Officials recommend you have an emergency kit that can last three days (at minimum) at your home, office & car.  At work, make sure your team has a game plan with supplies, communication & leadership.

Emergencies are scary enough – the better prepared, the better you’ll be. Spread the love & share this vital information with others!

Marina love,

Valerie

1)      Why should I plan ahead for a disaster?

If a disaster occurs, local government and relief organizations will try to help you. But it is important to be as personally prepared as possible since immediately after an emergency essential services may be cut off. Local disaster relief and government responders may not be able to reach you right away.

2)      How should I plan ahead for a disaster?

One of the most important steps you can take to prepare for emergencies is to develop a household disaster plan. Contact your local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter to learn how to prepare for a potential emergency and how to respond. Talk with employers and school officials about their emergency response plans. Talk with your household about potential emergencies and how to respond to them. Talk about what you would need to do in an evacuation.

  • Make a household plan to deal with a sudden emergency. Decide how everyone in your household would stay in contact if you became separated. Identify two meeting places: the first should be near your home; the second should be away from your neighborhood in case you cannot return home.

Pick a friend or relative who lives outside the immediate area to serve as a household telephone contact. In an emergency, local phone connections may not work, but long distance may still function.

Draw a floor plan of your home. Mark two escape routes from each room.

Post emergency telephone numbers by telephones. Teach children how and when to call 911.

Make sure everyone in your household knows how and when to shut off water, gas and electricity at the main switches. Consult with your local utilities if you have questions.

Take a first aid and CPR class. Contact your local American Red Cross chapter for more information.

Think about ways you can help neighbors who may need special assistance, such as seniors or people with disabilities.

Make arrangements for your pets. Pets usually are not allowed in public shelters. (Service animals are not pets, and are allowed in shelters.)

Make sure that your health insurance policies are current and meet the needs of your household.

Review any property and life insurance policies. Make sure they are current and that they meet your needs.

Consider depositing some money in an “emergency” savings account that you can use in a crisis. If possible, keep a small amount of cash or traveler’s checks in a safe place at home where you can grab it quickly in case of an evacuation.

3)      I have a disability. Is there any special emergency planning I should do?

If you have a disability or special need, you may have to take additional steps to protect yourself and your household in an emergency. If you know of friends or neighbors with special needs, you should help them with these extra precautions. For example:

  • Hearing impaired people may need to make special arrangements to receive a warning.
  • Mobility impaired people may need help getting to a shelter.
  • Households with a single working parent may need help both planning for and responding to emergencies.
  • Limited-English speaking people may need help planning for and responding to emergencies.
  • People with special dietary needs should make sure they have an adequate emergency food supply. Here are some special measures you can take, depending on your circumstances:
    • Find out about special assistance that may be available in your community. Register with the office of emergency services or fire department for help.
    • Create a network of neighbors, relatives, friends and coworkers to help you in an emergency. Discuss your needs and make sure they know how to operate necessary equipment.
    • Discuss your needs with your employer.
    • If you are mobility impaired and live or work in a high-rise building, have an escape chair.
    • If you live in an apartment building, ask the manager to mark accessible exits clearly and to make arrangements to help you evacuate the building.
    • Keep extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen, catheters, medication, food for guide or hearing-ear dogs, or other items you might need. Also, keep a list of the type and serial numbers of medical devices you need.
    • If you are a caregiver for a person with special needs, make sure you have a plan to communicate if an emergency occurs.

4)      What materials should I have on hand in case of an emergency?

You should have enough materials to survive on your own for three days or more. This means having your own water, food and emergency supplies. Keep a disaster supply kit with essential food, water and supplies ready to “grab and go” in case you have to leave your home quickly because of a disaster. Use backpacks or duffel bags to keep the supplies together, and make sure all household members know where the kit is kept. You also should have a similar disaster supply kit at work, as well as a car kit with emergency food, water, flares, jumper cables and cold weather equipment.

5)      What are the most important items to include in a disaster supply kit?

The most important items are water, food, first-aid supplies, tools and emergency supplies, clothing and bedding. Learn more about building a kit here.

Answers provided by http://www.kingcounty.gov.