Frequently Asked Questions:
Who is/are the “Friends of Avila Pier?”
Friends of Avila Pier (FOAP), Inc., is a California Non-Profit corporation exempt from income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and qualified to accept tax-deductible donations, bequests and gifts. FOAP was formed for the sole purpose of assisting in the raising of funds to maintain, renovate and preserve the Avila Pier. It is through these fundraising actions and activities that FOAP will help preserve the marine heritage and character of the local Port San Luis Harbor District for future generations.
Are donations to FOAP tax deductible?
Yes. Friends of Avila Pier (FOAP), Inc., received a determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service which states:
“…we determined that you’re exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue code (IRC) section 501(c)(3). Donors can deduct contributions they make to you under IRC Section 170. You’re also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devices, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2106, or 2522….
“Organizations exempt under IRC Section 501(c)(3) are further classified as either public charities or private foundations. We determined that you’re a public charity under…IRC Section [170(b)(1)(A)(vi)]….”
That IRS determination remains in effect.
How much will it cost for restoration of the Pier?
Additional studies are ongoing as to what the final cost will be for restoring the Pier (this will continue into 2020). The final total will depend partly on whether the Port San Luis Harbor District (PSLHD) is successful in securing certain grants it has applied for. If successful, the final project cost could be in the $4.5 million range, and could includes upgrades to the dinghy landing, dinghy hoist, and could make the Pier ADA accessible.
Isn’t the Port San Luis Harbor District (PSLHD) responsible for maintenance of the Avila Pier?
Yes, and PSLHD has paid approximately $450,000 for regular maintenance since its closure in 2015. PSLHD has spearheaded efforts to apply for grants totaling over $3 million to help with this effort.
Can’t our tax dollars pay for pier restoration?
PSLHD is supported by a special property tax assessment of its district. However, this assessment does not begin to cover all operational costs of its three piers and beaches.
Why does PSLHD need Friends of Avila Pier to raise funds for this purpose?
PHLHD has applied for several grants for restoration and continues to maintain the Pier, as modified based on the safety issues currently experienced. However, these grants generally require a private community match of funds. Therefore, a public-private partnership is the most effective means of securing the funds needed to restore the Pier. Currently, FOAP is expected to raise from $1-$2 million in matching funds.