The Water Wars

Catherine Lyons-Labate has created a 209-page hard cover photo essay featuring hundreds of her photographs, as well as recollections by her and others who lived or worked on the Sausalito waterfront in the late 1970s. The book, Once Upon A Waterfront, tells the stories of many colorful Co-Op characters, and...

Law vs. Reality at Waldo Point

Charles Bush, former attorney for the Gates Cooperative, recently recounted the seesawing and at times even violent past of the area just north of Sausalito called Waldo Point. Here is a lightly edited digest of his remarks, leading up to the houseboat wars of the 1970s: Part I — Boats...

Bri Hurley: 2/15/1964 –12/24/2018

Bri, a longtime resident of the waterfront community, passed away on Christmas eve after a long battle with cancer. She was private, strong and brave throughout her life, with unique grace and energy, and she died as she lived, with dignity and reserve. She was a fantastic photographer and published...

Michael Labate is New FHA President

Michael Labate was elected President of the Floating Homes Association Board at its January 8 meeting. Michael and his family were long term residents of the Gates Co-op until they moved to a new home on A Dock as part of the Waldo Point Harbor configuration. Taylor Ray of Liberty...

Jack Schwaner Passes Away

Long time Co-op resident Jack Schwaner, known as Jack the Welder, recently succumbed to a heart attack. As the Dinghy Dame wrote about Jack in the Floating Times back in 2013: “Jack was born in a tiny town in west Nebraska on the Wyoming border. He led a pretty sheltered...

Co-op Changes and Open Views

The lagoon is looking different these days. The last vestiges of the Gates Co-op moved in late summer. Since then TJ Nelsen and Claus Koestel have been overseeing the removal of the old pilings, a requirement of BCDC. Walking out the viewing pier at the new Waldo Point Harbor park gives...

Final Gates Co-op Moves and New Park

People with dogs, parents with strollers, kids on bikes, and tourists are loving the new park at Waldo Point Harbor. Benches abound for people to sit, and clear signs saying “Public Shore Access” indicate the public parking spaces. Standing on the new viewing pier off the park, it’s easy to...