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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.

Fire Destroys Cryer & Sons Boatyard Building

Runoff and debris flowed into the Estuary forcing firefighters to pause their efforts to control the blaze that engulfed the former Cryer & Sons Boatyard building.

The Debate Over Sausalito’s Marinship Is Not Over, Part 2

The Marinship generates the lion’s share of the city’s tax revenues. But the mile-long waterfront is also sinking into a rising sea and in need of massive infrastructure upgrades, the exact costs of which aren’t known by city officials.

The Debate Over Sausalito’s Marinship Is Not Over

The Bay Area’s saltiest city has been discussing its blueprint for future growth, which has included debate over the Marinship, Sausalito’s working waterfront.

Visioning the Future of Sausalito’s Waterfront

Spinnaker Restaurant Sausalito

Sausalito is working through the process of updating their general plan, or a blueprint for a community’s vision of growth, which was last updated in 1995. Tomorrow, Sausalito will hold a “visioning session” for the Marinship, “That part of town north of Dunphy Park that includes our historic working waterfront and a wide variety of other…

Winds of Change at the Boat Show

Will there be a new age of sail? In the April issue of Latitude 38, we take a look at the modest but promising proliferation of wind-assisted commercial ships around the world. This weekend, two advocates of “windships” will be speaking at the Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show. We’ll give you the details at the end of…

Sailors Strive to ‘Save Our Working Waterfront’

Failing seawall

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).

Richmond Waterfront Development

In our ongoing attempt to keep track of the current rush of development around the San Francisco Bay Area waterfront, we’d like to alert you to a public hearing coming up next week concerning the big ‘Terminal One’ project planned for Point Richmond’s Brickyard Cove neighborhood, right smack up against Richmond Yacht Club’s property (which,…

The Fate of Alameda Marina

Alameda Marina, seen here from the Estuary, is a busy place during weeknight races. latitude/Chris ©Latitude 38 Media, LLC We strongly encourage Oakland-Alameda Estuary sailors and other concerned citizens to attend a crucial March 1 meeting (7 p.m. at Alameda City Hall) that may determine the fate of the Alameda Marina, home of Svendsen’s Boat…

Sailors Recoil at Development Plans

Jeff Lee’s San Juan 33 Zwei Flying Fish checks out the breeze off Alameda Marina before an Island Nights Friday night beer can race, hosted by Island YC, whose clubhouse is on the Alameda Marina property. latitude/Chris ©2015Latitude 38 Media, LLC On November 18, tenants at Alameda Marina were notified by Bay West Group of new…

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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