6 ½ Goes Bicoastal

When I first moved to Gate 6 ½, I thought I had one of the most unique addresses on the planet. Indeed, it caused confusion at the Sausalito Post Office and in computer programs all over the world. But just recently my stepdaughter Jennifer sent me a photo of 6½...

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%...

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...

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...

Controversy Brewing over Marinship

Kicking off the February annual meeting, FHA President Michael Labate cautioned, “I think we all need to be involved with what’s happening with Marinship. This is an important asset for all of us living on floating homes; there’s a whole industry there that supports us. We need to support the...

Board Meeting Notes – Nov 2019

TO KEEP EVERYONE UP TO DATE ON WHAT THE FHA BOARD IS DOING, HERE ARE SOME OF THE ITEMS THAT WERE DISCUSSED OR DECIDED AT THE November BOARD MEETING: President Michael Labate said that he will attend the City of Sausalito meeting about the Marinship Vision Statement and report back....

Envisioning the Future of Marinship

There’s no shortage of opinions about Marinship’s future. It’s a hub of innovation, ingenuity and creativity with a strong maritime, artistic and civil rights history. The area between Bridgeway and the Bay from about Napa Street to just past Gate 5 Road, known as Marinship, is primarily industrial and waterfront...

It’s Back to the 40s for FHA Tour

“Good evening Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea” . . . The September 30 Floating Homes Tour will be a time-warp visit back to the 1940s, commemorating the 75th anniversary of Marinship, the WWII shipyard that gave rise to our community. Themed “Homefront on the Waterfront,”...