This week in the evolving Bay Area waterfront: Travis Marina.
The funky, random and idyllically perched piece of shoreline is, like much of the Bay’s waterfront property, vulnerable to development incommensurate with its current character. In April 2019, “the National Park Service put out an application for developers to apply for a 20-year lease, which would operate the ‘Boat Shop’ located at the northeast corner of Horseshoe Cove,” the Marin Independent Journal reported. While the park says it wants to retain Travis Marina’s “small-town feel,” many people believe that new development could fundamentally change the area.
A community-led petition to “Save Historic Travis Marina” — by keeping Southern Marin’s Travis Marina Bar and waterfront with its current leaseholder, Travis Air Force Base — has gathered over 5,000 signatures, according to the IJ. According to the Fort Baker master plan, the park service is seeking to increase public use of the 1.7 acre area that includes the bar.”
You can sign the petition by going to www.friendsofTravisMarina.org. “We are having a community meeting/update on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Travis Marina Bar. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us. Live music to follow at 7:30 p.m.,” wrote Piper Perreault, a Sausalito resident and one of the founders of the Friends of Travis Marina.
“Please help spread the word to keep the Travis Marina at Fort Baker,” Adrienne Miller wrote us. “Many boaters and kayakers launch from this facility, and the NPS is looking to lease the property to a high-end restaurant, or to expand the pricey Cavallo Point Lodge, etc.”
The Marin IJ also quoted Perreault, who said, “Travis Marina has been completely open to the public for almost two decades. The National Park Service’s master plan for Fort Baker and their current bid does not adequately address the ‘cultural resource value’ of Travis Marina. And that can be attested to by the over 5,000 petition signatures we have received within six days, from people who want Travis AFB to continue as the operator of the Marina and for the waterfront to remain as it is.”
The IJ said that a spokesperson for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area has stated that the Park wants to maintain the Fort Baker boathouse’s “affordable, small town, Southern Marin feel.”
We’ll have more on Travis Marina in the near future . . .