Donna Bragg: Persistence, Patience & Pitching In

The first time I saw Donna Bragg was in the documentary Houseboat Wars—a film about our community’s hippie beginnings and residents’ struggle to continue living on the water. She’s being interviewed sitting in a cushioned lawn chair, the bay behind her, wearing dark sunglasses, her long black hair parted in... Read more

Something Is Growing on South Forty

Something is growing on South Forty Pier. A new garden has been planted in the common area and newly landscaped groupings have appeared in the pots on the railings and in the push-out areas that run along the sides of the dock. Pink and white begonias form festive rings at... Read more

Are You Prepared for a Power Outage?

Emergency Services Chair Flo Hoylman warns that PG&E may need to cut power transmission to certain areas for as long as five days during fire season to decrease fire risk. She is organizing a communication coordinating committee with at least one person, preferably more, from each dock to help neighbors... Read more

What a Load of Crap!

Recently a South 40 resident bagged over 20 dog deposits on the South 40 lawn and left the bags along a path as perhaps a too-subtle reminder to dog owners to pick up after their pets. A half hour later, a fresh deposit was spotted by the path. These deposits... Read more

The Houseboat War That Didn’t Happen

In the midst of the Houseboat Wars of the mid-70s, when boat dwellers were laying down in front of bulldozers to stop a developer from destroying their community, one group of citizens chose to envision and work towards what they wanted, rather than fight what they didn’t want. The result... Read more

Open Studios & Holiday Art Party – Dec 1 & 2

                    The holiday season kicks off with 2 events by our artistic neighbors over on Gate 5 Road. Tracey Kessler, and other featured artists, invite you to an Open Studio at Beyond the Wave Gate, while Gate Five Clay Studio is throwing a Holiday... Read more

PG&E Power Outage Roils Community

We’re now in day 3 of a PG&E power outage that rolled through many of the docks on Friday and Saturday, and is now concentrated on East Pier and A Dock. Actually, not a power outage per se as fortunately PG&E has supplied portable generators (gennies) to keep both docks... Read more

A Clutch Here – A Gaggle There – It’s Spring!

Canada Geese—love ’em, hate ’em—the clutches of eggs, and the fluffy goslings that emerge, signal spring is here. It’s a good time to remind folks to give the nests a wide berth, and to defer to these federally protected birds during close encounters on the docks and along the waterside.... Read more

A Labor Day Weekend to Remember

A Labor Day weekend to remember—or forget—depending upon how one managed to survive the heatwave. Joy Dryden (West Pier) describes the intense heat—105 degrees in the shade—on the afternoon of Friday, September 1: I decided at the most heat (105°) to seek refuge at my air conditioned office. As I... Read more