Santa Cruz County

Pacific Coast view in Santa Cruz, California.

Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, photograph by Carol M. Highsmith.

The County of Santa Cruz was granted sovereign tidelands and submerged lands in trust in 1935 for the establishment, improvement, and conduct of a harbor, for the construction, maintenance and operation of wharves, docks, piers, slips, quays and other utilities, structures, and appliances necessary or convenient for the promotion of commerce, navigation, and fisheries, and for boathouses and bathing facilities. The grant was amended, in part, to allow the County to convey its grant to another public agency within a ten-year time period. The County transferred a portion of its grant to the City of Capitola in 1978.

Santa Cruz County

The City is required by Section 6306 of the Public Resources Code to complete an annual financial statement and standardized reporting form for trust lands on or before December 31 of each year.

Below is a list of reports the City has submitted:

Statute Description
Chapter 687, Statutes of 1935 An act granting certain tidelands and submerged lands of the State of California to the county of Santa Cruz.
Chapter 1938, Statutes of 1959 An act to amend Section 1 and repeal Sections 2 and 3 of Chapter 687 of the Statutes of 1935, relating to the granting of certain tidelands and submerged lands of the State to the County of Santa Cruz.
Chapter 902, Statutes of 1968 An act to quitclaim to and confirm in the County of Santa Cruz and the City of Santa Cruz all interest of the state in and to certain parcels of land in the County of Santa Cruz and declaring such lands to be free of any trust applicable thereto for commerce, navigation, and fisheries.
Chapter 884, Statutes of 1974 An act to amend Section 1 of, and to add Sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 to, Chapter 687 of the Statutes of 1935, relating to tidelands and submerged lands.
Staff Report Description
07/17/1979 (09) Approval of survey, map and description of grant

AB 691 – Proactively Planning for Sea-Level Rise Impacts

AB 691 (Muratsuchi) Chapter 592, Statutes of 2013, involves sea-level rise and granted public trust lands. Assessing the impacts of sea-level rise on these lands is a management priority for grantees.

Read more about AB 691 assessments and learn about local sea-level rise planning efforts.


Program Manager
Reid Boggiano

Dredging Notices & Financial Reports
Michaela Moser