Alameda Floating Homes Get Rent Control

Residents of the Barnhill Marina floating homes community reached out to the city of Alameda earlier this month after being told their rent could be hiked at least 30% by the harbor’s new owner. The marina had long been owned by the Barnhill family. Its patriarch, Audley Vernon “Barney” Barnhill,...

Working Waterfront Film Screening Mar 11

A new documentary entitled ‘A Tour of Sausalito’s Marinship’ will be screened as part of a special program at the Sausalito Library at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11. A previous screening of this film was announced at the FHA Annual Meeting, and for those who didn’t get to see...

FHA Zoom Meeting Feb 17

Once again, this year, the Floating Homes Association annual meeting will be conducted via Zoom, due to limits on large gatherings. The FHA has increased its capacity for this virtual meeting, so all are welcome to join it. The meeting will be held on Thursday, February 17, from 6:00 p.m....

Sausalito Housing Element Zoom Town Hall Feb 10

Are you interested in what Sausalito’s future housing options look like? Are you interested in senior housing or workforce housing? Now is the time to speak up. Every 8 years, the city must submit its housing plans to the state through a document called the Housing Element. Sausalito’s next housing...

A Commune Floats in Amsterdam

Seeking a more sustainable lifestyle, a Dutch reality TV director discovered an empty river basin in the Buiksloterham neighborhood of Amsterdam and decided to establish a commune for herself and a few select friends. Thanks to Joe Novitski of East Pier for sending along a Washington Post report on the...

The Godfather of the Waterfront

Donlon Arques is well known as the man who fostered Sausalito’s early houseboat community when he snapped up portions of the abandoned Marinship property and made them available to folks looking to live cheaply on the waterfront after World War II. But how did that come about? Arques was a...

Housing Element for Unincorporated Marin

Marin County, like other communities in California, is initiating a planning process under California State law to identify how to meet our housing needs at all income levels. According to the County’s Community Development website, this process involves updating the County’s Housing Element, which is a required component of the...

Floating Home Market Update

It appears that we are now at the other end of the pandemic. It’s worth taking a moment to reflect on how the past year impacted the floating home market. Below is a summary of the overall housing market. After that, we take a look into the floating home market...

New Safety Signage at Gate 6 Intersection

Pedestrians trying to cross Bridgeway coming from Marin City on Donohue St. are getting some much-needed assistance these days. A sign facing the right turn lane onto Bridgeway warns drivers to yield to pedestrians before turning. A similar sign is posted on the median, for drivers turning right from the...

The Nine Lives of the Charles Van Damme

The IOO+-year-old ferry boat Charles Van Damme is an historic part our local waterfront. Learn about the ship’s many lives from the first car ferry, restaurant, sixties music venue to a local public exhibit on Friday February 2I at the Sausalito Library. Judyth Greenburgh and Michael Rex tell the Charles...