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WORKING WATERFRONT: West Coast

Latitude 38 Working Waterfront News Central

Since its inception, Latitude 38 has been able to cover, inspire and connect the people in our sailing community thanks to the businesses that support sailors and sailing. This includes boatyards, sailmakers, marinas, boat builders and numerous trades and craftspeople. Over the decades, the space available along our critical public waterfront continues to shrink.  Our Working Waterfront page is dedicated to covering these stories to bring awareness to the jobs, facilities and services that are vital to our nation's commercial and recreational infrastructure. Enjoying the 12-month sailing season up and down the California coast is one of the prime features of living in the West. A working waterfront is one that works for all California citizens and retains space for these important waterfront facilities.

Sausalito Community Boating Center Open House and Oyster Festival

Sausalito Community Boating Center (SCBC) is hosting an Open House and the first-ever (mini-) Oyster Festival on Saturday, September 10.

The Unique Controversy Over the Proposed Treasure Island Toll

As a new development on Treasure Island blossoms into a new 8,000-home neighborhood smack in the middle of the Bay, local governments are bracing for the corresponding surge in traffic, and are looking for ways to curb congestion.

Speak Up To Allocate Available Federal Dredging Funds

Dutra Dredging

Dredging has kept Bay Area waterways open for over a century. It’s an ongoing process that needs the support of boaters and businesses to keep these waterways open.

Clipper Cove Beach on Treasure Island To Be Closed to Boats?

Clipper Cove Raft Up

A new plan by the Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA) aims to restrict access to the beach in Clipper Cove to swimmers only.

New Pedestrian Bridge Planned to Cross Oakland Estuary at Jack London Square

Estuary Foot Bridge

A planned, new bicycle/pedestrian bridge across the Estuary looks as if it could cause problems for Estuary sailors.

Federal Funding Now Available for Maritime Training Centers

Spaulding Marine Center

There’s a shortage of skilled workers for good careers in the maritime trades. Now expanded federal funding can help marine training centers gear up to fill the shortage.

Condos Grow at Alameda Marina — Boatyard TBD

Alameda Marina Condos

Alameda’s once-thriving maritime trade center is heading full-tilt toward relieving the area’s housing shortage, but possibly also its maritime heritage.

Brooklyn Basin Rises on the Oakland Waterfront

Brooklin Basin - Joerg Bashir

Condos and towers are rising everywhere to relieve California’s housing shortage. Will this eliminate the marine industry? Not in the case of Brooklyn Basin.

Berkeley Is Still Debating a Ferry Line and the Future of Its Marina

Tonight, the City of Berkeley will hold an online community workshop to discuss, among other things, the feasibility of a ferry line in Berkeley Marina.

Spaulding Marine Center Hosts Apprentice Open House, and a Documentary

Anyone interested in the next intake of Boatworks 101 apprentices is invited to join the crew for an information session and tour of the facility.

Working Waterfront Issues and Resources

Numerous groups and organizations around the country are working to help preserve maritime economic zones.  Working Waterfront Organizations:

National Working Waterfront Network

Sausalito Working Waterfront

San Diego Working Waterfront

Port Townsend Working Waterfront

San Francisco Bay fill map circa 1969.
Map of Bay fill and conversion to resevoir in 1969. San Francisco Bay might have disappeared or looked dramatically different without the attention of those who recognized and protected the Bay for all Bay Area citizens.

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