A special use permit is needed to reserve any Port property or facility for a gathering of a large number of people. Use permits are issued by the Port in its sole discretion based upon an evaluation of the availability of Port facilities, as well as, the nature and duration of the proposed activity, which is the subject of the use permit application. Sites that may be available for special events are located in the marina, at the boat ramp and/or on Jetty Island. Use permits allow Port management to schedule events to prevent conflicts, to make necessary preparations (e.g. heating, lighting, etc.), to provide personnel and facilities if needed (e.g. garbage cans, lavatories), and to avoid overuse, (e.g. turf often needs watering and an interval to recuperate after heavy use).