Month: September 2015

Pacifica Chamber of Commerce Hosts Annual Golf Tournament


Located just 15 minutes from San Francisco, The Pacifica Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 5th Annual Boot Leggers Golf Tournament on Monday, October 5, 2015 at the Sharp Park Golf Course.

The event helps create the awareness and importance of Saving Sharp Park Golf Course. With the golf course being an economic driver and true gem in the Pacifica community, this event is a great day for networking and building relationships for both members and those in the community.

Priced at $500 for a 4-some and $125 for a hole sponsor, the Noon shot gun start tournament includes 18-holes of golf, a golf cart and BBQ lunch on the green followed by dinner. During the evening, festivities will feature awards, prizes and a silent auction.

Proceeds for the golf tournament help the Chamber support the on-going efforts to strategically focus on the core needs of membership along with helping to keep alive the awareness to Save Sharp Park Golf Course. For questions, please contact the Pacifica Chamber of Commerce at (650) 355.4122.

Opened in 1931, the Sharp Park Golf Course was designed by famed architect Alister MacKenzie and landscaped by John McLaren. This beautiful, 18-hole ocean-front course offers fabulous views of the Pacifica and surrounding areas.


Pacifica offers six lodging options in the budget to moderate price range and all are within walking distance to Pacifica’s beaches. Four are located at Rockaway Beach. The largest with 97 guest rooms is the Best Western Plus Lighthouse Hotel, a full-service hotel situated on Rockaway Beach with spacious accommodations, beautiful ocean views, a swimming pool and the upscale Moonraker restaurant. The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Pacifica provides very comfortable accommodations with ocean views and a complimentary hot Express Start Breakfast Bar. Offering a dash of Victorian charm is the pet-friendly Pacifica Motor Inn and adjacent to Nick’s Restaurant is the Sea Breeze Motel, which is very convenient for those looking to dance the night away at Nick’s. Situated across from Linda Mar Beach is another full service hotel called the Pacifica Beach Hotel. Under new ownership, the hotel now includes several remodeled rooms, offering spectacular ocean view rooms, Jacuzzi tubs, indoor swimming pool and the new Peruvian Restaurant, Puerto 27. Further north near Sharp Park is Americas Best Value Inn, which is a short walk from Pacifica Pier and the golf course.


America’s Best Value Inn Pacifica: (877) 784-6835/

Best Western Plus Lighthouse Hotel: (650) 355-6300/

Holiday Inn Express & Suites: (650) 355-5000/

Pacifica Beach Hotel: (650) 355-9999/

Pacifica Motor Inn: (800) 522-3772/

Sea Breeze Motel at Rockaway Beach: (650) 359-3903

Travel Tip: For more information about Pacifica, log onto Also highly recommend is the iPacifica mobile app for Apple or Android devices, which provides information on dining, shopping, galleries, lodging, weather and more.

Background: Pacifica. California

The natural beauty and unparalleled serenity of Pacifica, California has attracted travelers to this coastal gem for more than 100 years. Located just 15 minutes south of San Francisco, Pacifica feels worlds away but is convenient to some of the most vibrant, international communities on the West Coast. Easily accessible from Highway 1, Pacifica’ rich cultural heritage and bohemian personality make it a unique destination worth discovering.

Pacifica’s ethereal beauty is enhanced by its Mediterranean style weather. Refreshing temperatures range from 15-20 degrees cooler than the central coast, drawing visitors to Pacifica’s shoreline to ‘cool’ off during the hot summer months with its natural air-conditioning and attractive oceanfront accommodations. Likewise, Pacifica’s equally-appealing winter travel season provides a dramatic setting for those interested in off-season values and romantic departures.

Of the many diversions, Pacifica boasts some of the most breathtaking panoramic vistas atop a wide range of hiking trails and walking adventures along the expansive beaches dotting the destination’s shoreline. Additionally, the destination features a range of recreational options, including surfing, boating, scuba, fishing and paragliding, birding, cycling, golf, tennis, archery and horseback riding.

According to the National Marine Sanctuaries of the West Coast, Pacifica is known to be the fourth richest area in the world for marine mammal life.

For more information about the destination of Pacifica, California, please visit


Three of North America’s Top Attractions Encourage Visitors to Take Advantage of Advance Bookings for Fall

Hornblower is the parent company that services three of North America’s top attractions, including Alcatraz Island in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, The Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island and Niagara Falls.

Because of the popularity of these national treasures, it is highly recommended that visitors buy tickets well in advance of their travel dates in order to secure confirmations and be assured of admittance.

Alcatraz Cruises, San Francisco: For the 1.5 million people who visit San Francisco’s notorious Alcatraz Island, planning ahead is a must. As the official provider of transportation for Alcatraz Island, Alcatraz Cruises has the only website to purchase tickets directly from the provider at the lowest price. to buy your Alcatraz tickets, which are only $30 per (adult) person. Tickets are available for purchase up to 90 days in advance. (Note: While other entities do indeed sell tickets for Alcatraz Island, there are many unauthorized resellers that offer tickets at inflated prices and Alcatraz Cruises cannot be responsible for tickets bought from other sources).

Statue Cruises, New York/New Jersey: Visiting the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island is a memorable experience for people from all over the world. For only $18 per adult ($14 for seniors 62+/$9 for children 4-12), visitors can book in advance for general admission. Access to the grounds of Liberty Island and Ellis Island are available year round as well as the audio tours of Liberty Island and Ellis Island. Visitors should reserve in advance for Crown ($3 fee) or Pedestal Access of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and priority entry.

Niagara Cruises, Ontario: Hornblower Niagara Cruises, located on the Canadian side of the falls, has extended its boat tours through the end of November. The intimate boat tours bring passengers as close as possible to the breathtaking flow of water, power and mist that is the magnificent Niagara Falls. Within the Niagara Great Gorge visitors journey past the American Niagara Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and into the very heart of the famous Horseshoe Falls for an exhilarating experience.

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Hornblower Cruises & Events has been the leading charter yacht and public dining cruise operator headquartered in California for 35 years. The company operates over 70 vessels, including the three largest dining yachts on the West Coast and has ports in San Francisco, Berkeley, Sacramento, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Marina del Rey, San Diego and New York City. Two Hornblower subsidiary businesses, Alcatraz Cruises and Statue Cruises, are National Park Service ferry concessioners to Alcatraz Island and the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, respectively. In 2014, Hornblower began operating the third subsidiary, Hornblower Niagara Cruises, out of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. For more information visit: or

Alcatraz Cruises Makes Waves with its Respect Our Planet and International Organization of Standardization Status

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Alcatraz Cruises is nearing the achievement of zero waste status in the year 2015. This accolade is determined by the company’s annual environmental verification and process management results, which are conducted by two international audit and consulting firms. The company’s 2014 recycling program audit results verified a solid 94% landfill diversion and recycling/compost rate in addition to the marked achievement of reaching 96% landfill diversion and recycling/compost rate during some of the calendar months. The company is on the path and striving to reach the achievement of zero waste status by making an instrumental move to 95% and upward for each and every calendar month for the year 2015. The verification audit for the 2015 data is slated for the first quarter of 2016. , An integral part of the company’s mission and corporate philosophy, Alcatraz Cruises’ “Respect Our Planet “ (ROP) program supports the company’s distinction as one of the country’s most conscientious employers because of the commitment to respecting the crew of employees as well as the natural environment.

According to Alcatraz Cruises’ General Manager & Vice President Scott Thornton, “The ‘Respect Our Planet’ Commitment to each and every employee, guest and stakeholder alike states that through our integrated health & safety, quality and environmental management systems, we strive to provide superior service and leave the planet a better place than when we began.”

Alcatraz Cruises’ “Respect Our Planet” initiative fosters an innovative corporate culture where we RESPECT OUR PLANET and will protect and conserve the natural resources and ecosystems on which our business depends. The company is committed to preventing pollution, conserving water and energy, reducing waste and educating guests and employees on environmental stewardship. Alcatraz Cruises seeks opportunities to innovate and partner with stakeholders that support the company’s commitment to the environment as well as vendors with green procurement standards and packaging. The company upholds their Respect Environmental Policy by making sustainability initiatives and advancements in each and every department. The list of the company’s “Green Facts” continues to grow with new initiatives added with regard to increasing energy efficiency; reducing fleet petroleum and consumption; supporting sustainable communities; and promoting environmentally responsible products and technologies. AC_Clipper_Hybrid_AZ_1200x800

Alcatraz Cruises holds the high honor and designation of being the first National Park Service Ferry Concessionaire and member of the Passenger Vessel Association to be awarded the triple certified status of ISO Environment-14001, Quality-9001 and OHSAS Health & Safety 18001. The outside auditors recertify the company’s practices against the ISO standards annually as testimony to the improvements and innovations implemented continuously. The company has won numerous environmental awards for these environmental innovations, such as the Business Times Environmental Award for “Small Business Best Practices” and the Workboat Significant Boat Award.

In addition to the progressive corporate philosophy, Alcatraz Cruises launched the Hornblower Hybrid Fleet, which introduced the first hybrid ferry to the United States and San Francisco Bay in 2009. The vessels provide transportation to Alcatraz Island in accordance with their concession contract with the National Park Service. Since that time the remaining two primary vessels in the Alcatraz Cruises fleet have been hybridized, making Alcatraz Cruises the only passenger vessel company in North America with a fleet of hybrid vessels.

The continuing development of marine industry hybridization, as well as hydrogen fuel cell technology, demonstrates Alcatraz Cruises’ commitment to innovation, marine conservation, environmental stewardship and sustainability.

According to Terry MacRae, CEO of Hornblower Cruises & Events (the parent company to Alcatraz Cruises), “The Hornblower Hybrid Fleet is an example of our company’s goal of becoming the greenest concessioner in the National Park Service. With this Hornblower Hybrid fleet, we are now being recognized as a model of environmental innovation in San Francisco as well as New York.”

Alcatraz Cruises’ Hybrid Fleet uses power generated by ten‐foot‐tall wind turbines and

photovoltaic solar arrays covering the awning on the top decks. That power is converted and stored in battery banks that then power the navigation tools, lighting and other electronics on board the vessels. Excess power is stored in the main propulsion battery banks.

In addition to solar panels and wind turbines, the Hornblower Hybrid Fleet has Tier 2 marine diesel engines. These cleaner, fuel‐efficient engines reduce the amount of diesel fuel used, minimize emissions and significantly reduce the company’s overall carbon footprint. The customized drive system allows the captain to monitor the energy needs of the vessel and select the most efficient power sources. For example, when the boat is idle at the dock the engines will shut off and the motors will run off of energy stored in the battery banks.

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Alcatraz Cruises considered several different designs before selecting this particular system. Of greatest importance, was the need to build a system that maximized the weather patterns on San Francisco Bay. This vessel system has been designed to be modified as technologies are improved and/or refined.

Alcatraz Cruises offers daily round trips to Alcatraz Island as the concessioner of ferry service for the National Park Service. The contract for this service began in September Alcatraz Landing, the departure and return location, is located at Pier 33 on the Embarcadero, between Bay and Chestnut streets. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 415‐981‐ROCK (7625).

Alcatraz Cruises is the National Park Service concessioner of ferry service to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. Alcatraz Cruises hosts nearly 1.5 million visitors annually. Alcatraz Cruises designed, built and operates the first hybrid ferry in the United States. The Hornblower Hybrid’s revolutionary design has reduced fuel consumption by 75% and has already begun to be implemented in other parts of the country. For more information visit: