Don’t Feed the Geese

West Pier dock rep Tristan Thomas passes along a reminder that humans feeding geese and other waterfowl can have unintended negative consequences. Says Tristan: “Before reaching for that loaf of bread and soaking in that joy and excitement of feeding the fowl, remember that over feeding results in more poop...

Test Your Floating Homes IQ

Joe Novitski, chair of the Floating Homes Association’s Legislative Action Committee has crafted a series of quizzes to help you test your knowledge of your rights has a floating homeowner. We’ll be running one a week for the next few weeks. Here’s multiple choice question number one: You’re selling your...

Live Theater Roars Back in Marin

The pandemic was tough on live theater, with actors and directors needing to become overnight filmmakers—Zoommakers, in order to practice their craft and reach an audience. Because without an audience, what’s the point? The audience makes the circle complete. We houseboaters are lucky. No need to cross a bridge to...

Two Homes Flooded in Kappas Marina

In late December, floating homes on both East and West Piers were flooded due to plumbing problems. A burst water pipe flooded the barge of #15 East Pier at low tide. When the tide came in, the house wouldn’t float, so the bay water came in the windows and rose...

Julie Durbin Takes on PR and Marketing for FHA

West Pier resident Julie Durbin has agreed to take on the dual roles of Public Relations and Marketing Manager for the Floating Homes Association. Julie has long been an active member of our community, having volunteered the first time at the 2003 Floating Homes Tour and all subsequent tours. She...

Overtime for Qaddafi’s Cook

The day after the Floating Times announced the production of Qaddafi’s Cook, a play by Lance Belville, the Marin IJ ran a major feature on the production. The article tells the story of a chance encounter between the late Lance of West Pier, and a young hotelier in Todos Santos...

Art Saves Lives

Art Saves Lives is a button I wear. My mantra. In our floating kingdom, the photographers, painters, potters, glassmakers, musicians, writers and filmmakers, my fellow artists, don’t just wear that line. We live it. Right before the pandemic, my husband, playwright Lance Belville, died of heart failure. His play Qaddafi’s...

Cook Safely This Holiday Season

FHA Emergency Services Chair Flo Hoylman passes along these tips for kitchen safety, especially during the busy holiday season. According to the National Fire Protection Association®, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires started...

Lessons from a Fire

The recent apartment fire on West Pier turned out to be a valuable learning experience for residents and firefighters alike. On October 8, firefighters from Southern Marin, Marin County and Tiburon, plus Sheriff units, were dispatched to a structure fire at an apartment building known as ‘The Whale’ at 28...

A Bit of North Beach on West Pier

“When I walk home down the pier, I am walking away from a noisy, hectic world, away from the dirty sidewalks of San Francisco. I am walking above the water, by the birds, seeing the weather approach me, towards my view of Mt. Tam—to quiet and peace.” Running a restaurant...