Let’s Get the Band Back Together

It’s almost 4th of July, time to reboot the Humming Toadfish Kazoo Band for the Sausalito parade. We’ve got the truck, the boombox, the CD full of Greatest Kazoo Hits, the decorations, and the costumes. All we need now is enthusiastic marching kazooers. No experience (or talent) is necessary. No...

Love Letter to a Dock

Diana Wolf moved to Gate 6 ½ in 1995. She and her husband Brent raised a son and daughter on the dock before moving to Novato several years ago. They kept the floating home, which they had built together, on the end of the dock as a rental property, until...

Board Meeting Notes — June 2022

Here are some of the items that were discussed or decided on at the june 14 FHA Board Meeting. More details will be reported later in the Floating Times. The Board approved expenses of $581.00 over–budget for Day in the Park equipment and Pet Parade prizes. FHA VP Pete Hudson...

Marinship Housing Debate Continues

In a recent Marin IJ op-ed piece, an ex-Sausalito mayor described the city’s working waterfront as “the financial golden goose.” To reinforce that description, she added: “This industrial and maritime area diversifies Sausalito’s economy away from tourism and continued to function at full capacity during the pandemic. It generates 75%...

Farmers’ Market Returns to Marin City

The Marin City Community Services District (MCCSD) has resumed its weekly Market Day every Thursday afternoon, following a COVID hiatus. Vendors at the outdoor market, located at 640 Drake Avenue, will be selling fresh and affordable produce on Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. MCCSD has partnered with The...

Reliving Day in the Park

Bonny Meyer splits time between Issaquah Dock and the Napa Valley, where she’s a principal at Meyer Family Enterprises. She’s also the author of Perfectly Paired, the story of the love affair behind Silver Oak Cellars. And on top of that, she’s also an avid videographer, and recently completed a...

Coolest Mayor(s) in California

Saturday, May 14, was a beautiful evening for a night with the mayors. Yes, “mayors” plural. Christine Templin was the winning bidder for a dinner with the mayor of Sausalito at the Sausalito Floating Homes Virtual Gala and Tour last June. Ed Lopez and I were honored to host Chris,...

Do You Kazoo?

Would you like to help resurrect the Humming Toadfish Marching Kazoo Band for Sausalito’s 4th of July Parade? This band has been a long-time feature of the parade and won Best Overall Entry in 2009. The band needs a Director; the Director recruits kazoo players, selects the playlist of appropriate...

Joe Tate: Disruptor to Inventor

Joe Tate’s role in the 70’s Houseboat Wars is well documented (his video Last Free Ride is available online and in libraries) but when I ask about the feud, he claims his role was a saboteur or disruptor in modern usage. With his co-conspirators, floating ropes laced with metal shards...

Emergency Evacuation Drill June 4

On Saturday, June 4, the Southern Marin Fire Protection District will conduct a voluntary emergency evacuation drill in the MLK Park area just off Coloma, west of Bridgeway. The evacuation drill will help first responders assess the issues that may arise if an evacuation becomes necessary due to a disaster...