The First City is looking to throw its fishing industry a line.


Monterey City Council will vote Tuesday night to take the first steps to create a Fisheries Business Improvement District.


The effort is aimed at the Municipal Wharf, sometimes called Wharf No. 2, where most of the local fishing industry is.


Using a $20,000 grant from Pacific Gas and Electric Co., the proposal calls for hiring professional services to set up the district.


A city staff report says it is in officials’ best interest to maintain a healthy local fishing industry.


“A stronger local economy, job retention and expanded job and business opportunities should result,” it reads.


Most business improvement district are areas where property owners pay a fee to fund services exclusively for that district’s benefit. It is unclear what type of district officials will decide on. 


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