Tom Dugan Passes Away

Long time floating homes resident Tom Dugan passed away March 15—two days before St. Patrick’s Day. Tom and his wife Blaise moved to Gate 6 ½ from A Dock in 1997. He loved the view from their south-facing deck, except for a line of unsightly debris along the shore which... Read more

What’s a Berth Worth?

At 6:45 a.m., on January 29, Jane and I were awakened by the spooky sound of loud voices outside our bedroom window. I glanced out to see a brightly-lit workboat from Parker Diving Services preparing to haul out the home next to ours. An early high tide necessitated the inconvenient... Read more

Women at the Helm Feb 15

Gate 6 ½ resident Helen Vandeman has produced a new documentary about five salty senior women in the Bay Area and Washington state who were pioneering mariners. Helen will host a showing at the film at the Sausalito Library on Friday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. The women profiled include... Read more

Recycling Odd Items & Hazardous Waste

Recycling paper, plastics, glass and metal is more or less straightforward. But what about the next level of recycling: batteries, light bulbs, left-over paint and solvent, and appliances? These ordinary household items are classified as hazardous waste, by virtue of the chemicals or metals or materials they contain. Keeping these... Read more

Another Community Icon Passes

Michael Petersen, who lived and worked in the floating homes community for nearly half a century, succumbed to leukemia last week. After chemotherapy treatments, he had a brief remission, and was seen working on the docks, walking with the aid of hiking poles. As Issaquah resident Mickey Allison recalled recently,... Read more

When Good Carts Go Astray

Shopping carts left in parking lots can be vulnerable to vandalism or theft. In March, someone upended one of the newer FHA carts into the marsh off the Gate 6 1/2 parking lot. This month, I spotted a blue FHA cart on the corner of Harbor Drive and Gate 3... Read more

Helen Comes Home

Helen Vandemann returned to Gate 6 1/2 on Friday, March 9 after having been severely injured in a bicycle accident on Bridgeway. She was brought home in a paratransit van, and met by neighbors Lori Bergeron, Blaise Simpson and Jane Clinton. Using a wheelchair borrowed from the Floating Homes Association’s... Read more

Gate 6-1/2 Celebrates the Life of John Polivka

John Polivka, a resident of Gate 6 1/2 for over 20 years, passed away over the holidays after a brave struggle with cancer. John owned three boats on the dock, which will be sold by real estate agent Howard Myers. Neighbors gathered on the evening of January 1 to celebrate... Read more

There’s No Place Like (a Floating) Home for the Holidays

Holiday celebrations take many forms on the waterfront. Blaze Nash transported carolers around the Waldo Point Lagoon on her little red tugboat Otto. Gate 6 1/2 and Issaquah staged progressive potlucks with entrees provided by the Floating Homes Association; Issaquah partiers were encouraged to wear Christmas sweaters: ugly, festive, fun,... Read more

More Vehicle Break-Ins

On the day after Thanksgiving, two vehicles belonging to visitors to Gate 6 1/2 were broken into and burglarized in broad daylight. The smash-and-grabs were reported to the sheriff’s office, and two deputies responded to take a report. These are the latest incidents of vandalism or burglary in our parking lots.... Read more