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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 maritime 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.

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.

Hydrogen Fuel Cells Coming to San Francisco Bay With Hornblower

Hornblower San Francisco

Clean energy development continues its leaps forward with San Francisco Bay-based Hornblower Cruises landing a grant to develop the technology on the Bay.

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.

Sailors Are World Leaders for Sustainability on Earth Day and Every Day

David Smyth

Earth Day is an ideal time to recognize sailors are leaders in turning this blue planet green.

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.

The Ocean Cleanup Project Takes a Bite

Ocean Cleanup Project

The Ocean Cleanup Project has continued to develop and improve its systems for cleaning up the Pacific Garbage Patch.

Are Offshore Wind Farms in the Future of California Offshore Race Week?

Northern California fires

According to an article in the New York ‘Times,’ future California Offshore Race Week race instructions will include a notation of offshore wind farms off Morro Bay.

Welcome the Pioneering ‘Energy Observer’ Project Under the Golden Gate

Energy Observer

‘Energy Observer’s team is bringing their innovative developments to the doorstep of San Francisco’s high-tech hub.

An Upcoming Panel, and Cautionary Tale, About Waterfront Gentrification

On Wednesday, March 24, the Sausalito Working Waterfront Coalition, or SWWC, will host an online, roundtable discussion about the gentrification of the nation’s shorelines.

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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