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Ventura, CA — Santa Barbara Island is closed to public access due to damage from the high surf associated with Hurricane Marie.
There are several pilings damaged on the landing dock, and the pier landing ladder detached and washed away. Boaters should be aware of floating debris.
The closure will be in place until the dock structure can be repaired and a new ladder fabricated and installed. The closure is expected to last over a month. This is the second closure this year on Santa Barbara Island due to storm surge.
Santa Barbara Island is the southernmost, smallest, and one of the least visited islands within Channel Islands National Park. It is located over 50 miles from Ventura and about 24 miles from neighboring Catalina Island.
There is no damage known at this time to any other landings on any of the four northern islands within Channel Islands National Park.