Chicago Harbor Safety Committee

As a partnership between the private sector and government agencies, the Chicago Harbor Safety Committee is here to review, recommend, and to help implement actions for the safe, shared use of Chicago's lakefront and river for commercial and recreational purposes. 

Our Leadership


Gary Feracota, Pinnacle Yachts

Vice President

Dan Russell, Entertainment Cruises


David Brezina, Chicago Yachting Association


Bill Russell, St. Clair Marine Services

Sector Representatives

Commercial Vessel Operators    49- Passengers

Commercial Vessel Operators    50+ Passengers

Mike McElroy, Wendella Sightseeing Co.

Commercial Vessel Operators   Barge & Towing

Don Campbell, Kinda Lake Towing, LP

Bareboat Charter Operators

Ron Silvia, Chicago Electric Boat Company

Merchant Mariners

Tom Blakely, Intl Ship Masters' Assoc. - Lodge 3

Recreational Boating Organizations  Power & Sail

Russ Salzman, Columbia Yacht Club

Human Powered Craft    Paddling and Rowing

James Morro, Urban Kayaks

Civic/Neighborhood/Environmental Advocacy Org.

John Quail, Friends of the Chicago River

Shoreline Facility Operators

Grant Crowley, Crowley's Yacht Yard Lakeside, LLC