Tonight the City of Berkeley will hold an online community workshop to discuss, among other things, the feasibility of a ferry line in the Berkeley Marina.
Tonight’s discussion will be part of the Berkeley Marina Specific Plan, a more than two-year planning project meant to create a path for “achieving a financially self-sustainable, publicly owned marina.” The ferry has been under consideration as a component in the marina’s financial future for nearly two years now.
It is impossible to simply dip one’s toes into a discussion of the ferry, or of the Berkeley Marina in general. The ferry has been controversial because it would change the nature of the marina from a recreational destination to a commuter hub. Exactly how much Berkeley Marina might change, and what benefits or impediments a ferry might supply, are the subject of fierce debate. (We first wrote about the pros and cons of a Berkeley ferry line in 2020.)
We’ll report back to you in the coming days and weeks about tonight’s meeting, any developments, and the various existential crises of creating a viable, publicly owned marina.