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Checking in from Half Moon Bay

New Year's Island at sunset
New Year’s Island between Martin’s Beach (south of Half Moon Bay) and Santa Cruz at sunset on March 30. The tiny dot on the horizon well left of the island is a fishing boat.
© 2020 Edward Stancil

Edward Stancil checked in from Pillar Point Harbor’s Johnson Pier in Princeton (the northern part of Half Moon Bay). “Harbor’s quiet, crabbers are pulling and storing pots. Most are pulled. Everyone is safe distancing. The main bathrooms are closed. The pier is closed but open and unloading. Everyone is hunkered down or gone. Saw less than 20 people in the whole harbor. Eerie.

“The Coast Guard came into the harbor and anchored. Less than five boats moving in the whole harbor. This was sport week for salmon — usually hundreds line up. Now all parking lots are blocked/closed from Princeton to Santa Cruz. Less than 20 cars on Hwy 1, parked or driving.

“Stay safe and away.”

Pumpout service boat at dock
“New business blooms in Half Moon Bay,” reports Edward Stancil. “Kerry B. Davis on Bare Bones: Pillar Point Pumpout, [email protected], should any need service.”
© 2020 Edward Stancil

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