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Sailors Strive to ‘Save Our Working Waterfront’

Over the past few years Alameda residents and sailors have provided input on the redevelopment plans for Alameda Marina. A core issue has been maintaining marine jobs, services and facilities for the boating community. This led to the formation of SAWW (Save Our Working Waterfront). Recently we received word from tireless SAWW volunteer Nancy Hird that one of their key agenda items is a new boatyard to replace Svendsen’s.

Failing waterfront seawall
There’s no doubt that the working waterfront needs some work.
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The developer put out the Request for Qualifications/Proposal at the beginning of this year. The link is: Hird is asking anyone interested to please forward the RFP to any potential person or organization that may be interested in responding to or distributing the document. “For our work over the past few years to be successful, we must have someone or an organization to create and run a boatyard as the cornerstone of the commercial core at Alameda Marina,” she says. “It is critical to maintain both existing and new businesses and culture as a thriving maritime center in Alameda.

“Please note the deadline to express interest is April 1,” she adds. “This is not a simple document to prepare and will require time and effort to adequately respond, so getting this out in a timely manner is imperative.”

Alameda Marina waterfront docks
A lot of boats berth in Alameda Marina and on the Estuary. They appreciate local marine services.
© 2019 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John

Sailors and SAWW would like to see the continuation of marine services and a boatyard at Alameda Marina.

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