certain online mapping websites have been incorrectly labeling Ryer
Island and also Snug Harbor Drive. This came to our attention
in 2007, along with the fact that some government agencies (DWR)
published draft reports that used the wrong names for the islands in
the Delta. Somewhere between 2005 & 2006, apparently, someone
decided to rename the road. To our knowledge, before 2006 the road
we call Snug Harbor Drive was never previously called "Port Lane" but that is what TeleAtlas and
Google report it as online. We found that Solano County had
even "updated" their maps to show "Port Lane" even though all
residential parcels along the road have "Snug Harbor Drive"
New FEMA maps were also updated
over the last year...they used to say Hidden Harbor Road, for some reason, and
now instead say Port Lane. We have sent letters, requested
corrections online, REPEATEDLY, and the requests are ignored.
We went to the Solano County mapping department, and found that
Solano County itself had also received incorrect street name from a
map they purchased from TeleAtlas. Solano County also notified
TeleAtlas, who supplies street names and other labels to Google and
other mapping services. As of December 2008, they still have
not bothered to make the corrections. However, it appears they
finally are labeling the whole island correctly once again!
(For many months in 2008, TeleAtlas and Google were mislabeling our
Ryer Island as "Tyler" and then "Sutter". We
apologize to the
many customers who called frustrated because their Google map they printed
out was wrong-its not us! We've tried all year to correct the wrong
mapping information. We will continue to contact the various
offending online mapping services until this is resolved.
Updated 5-8-2010: Google is once again obscuring the location
of Ryer Island, which makes it hard for travelers to find any
business, residence or farm on Ryer Island. One might ask why
Google is intentionally doing this despite repeated requests to
correct their maps? Here's some examples from today where you
type in "Ryer Island, CA" and other logical phrases as shown on the
Google's incorrect image of Ryer Island
incorrect location of Snug Harbor Drive
can't find Grand Island either
calls the Rio Vista "Real McCoy" ferry the "Liberty Island Ferry"
That's a new one on us, but we do notice that Verizon and Google
advertise together and Verizon maps look like Google maps in the
Updated December 2009:
Letter from Solano County confirming the name of the road as
SNUG HARBOR DRIVE, as designated since the 1980's! So why does
Google, the US Census and USGS insist on using Port Lane?
10-21-09: Solano County new GIS map shows "Snug
Harbor Drive" if you closely enough within the resort grounds, but
mislabeled the location of Marina View Circle. In addition,
the white boundary lines do not appear to match the 1961 survey of
Google is at it again. Even though Solano County has notified
Google that they are using the wrong street name, Google reviewed
and did not correct. And then they eliminated the reference to
HWY 220 from Ryde to the J-Mac Ferry, and are sending drivers around
the long side of Ryer Island, which is a more bumpy road. Of
course, we will notify them again, but obviously the powers that be
at Google have their own agenda.
Note that http://msn.com
has correct street and island names, as noted and recommended by
Solano County for use instead until this issue is resolved. In
the meantime, here's several maps of interest:
|If you would like to follow the progress (or lack
thereof) of our request to have the Island and Street names
corrected, here's a few links from requests for correction submitted
by Solano County mapping dept, and my own. Note that requests
have been submitted at least 5 times to TeleAtlas since Setember
2008, and several times to Google starting January 2008.
People involved: Eric Wilberg,
Solano County GIS
http://gis.solanocounty.com/solanomaps/ boundary lines by
TeleAtlas, apparently, and are incorrect.
Mike Seaman, neighbor:
GIS Coordinator - DoIT Solano County
Contacts: Yvonne Razo, Solano County
Eric Wilberg, David Cliche-Community Floodplain Administrator,
Sayed - Solano County
FEMA map servie center 877-336-2627 "Keith"
Regional Office Remapping 1-510-627-7100 Marshall
re Dewberry mapping project for Solano County