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Martinez Marina

"The marina is in a beautiful location, and it really does have potential," she said. "The city has every intention of doing it right."

Martinez CA, a city with a rich maritime history, circ. 1908

Sea Scout summer cruise, via Flickr.

Harbor seal, via Flickr.

$500,000 for Martinez Waterfront Improvements

Martinez Marina In Hot Water City officials are scrambling to make a series of state loans work, and at least one marina commissioner is asking to explore closing the facility.

State and City officials touring the marina July 7, 2011

MARTINEZ (KCBS) – The Martinez Marina, which serves as a key location for boaters looking to head either to the Delta or San Francisco Bay, has a major problem with mud buildup. When the tide pulls away from the Marina, boaters are getting stuck. Despite sporadic dredging over the years, during low tide, it’s filled with mud and silt.

The Martinez Marina is receiving a lot of attention these days; the City Council recently approved a $ 1.2 million dredging and reconstruction plan aimed at attracting boaters back to the facility. Another idea is being floated by a Park, Recreation, Marina and Cultural Commission member to divorce the marina from city government and create a special stand-alone district.

MARTINEZ — In a surprise move, the state agency Martinez has relied on for money to fix up the marina announced last week that it’s cutting off the cash until the city repays almost $4 million in outstanding loans.

If you look out into the water at the Martinez Marina, you can view a partially sunken/burned down ship, “The Schooner Forester”. Here’s information from the Martinez Historical Society….

Martinez Sea Scouts: a historical perspective

How our current "marina partner" fixes a security problem. Install a garden gate secured with a zip tie and call it a day.

I love the internet for lots of reasons not the least of which is the ability to trace historical context - in Feb 1997 a San Francisco Chronicle headline said : Fast becoming a popular spot for fishing, for picnicking. By 1999 the marina had become a haven for class A drug sales and use. By the 2000's the City's mishandling of funds was the topic of a grand jury investigation, and now we're "poor little Martinez" in over our heads unable to meet our obligations...

Dick Duncan has a vision for Martinez, and he's not the only one caught up in the dream. Some day, small ferries would dock at the city marina, where a trolley car would pick up passengers for a short jaunt toward charming shops and restaurants along Main Street.

Fuller wants to see the Martinez Marina and surrounding environs separated from City Hall and made into a special municipality district, able to issue municipal bonds and solely concentrated on making the marina a success.

Now that the state has clearly spelled out a denial of any more loans or grants to the City of Martinez for remodeling of the Martinez Marina, local officials are focusing on performing a maintenance dredge this year.

Just north of San Francisco, this Almar Marina is minutes from the historic town of Martinez, along the Carquinez Strait, just west of Interstate 680.

Great pics of the Martinez marina from marinas.com

View from the Benicia Bridge

Sport fishing from Martinez marina

But since April 1, 1999, the marina has been managed, on a temporary contract, by Westrec Marina Management, Inc. of Encino, one of the largest marina management companies in the country. Ross said Westrec has studied the needs of the marina and has worked with the city on a plan for a long-term lease under which Westrec or another bidder would spend as much as $17 million to dredge the shallow harbor, rebuild docks and breakwaters, and develop other amenities like restaurants. ``We are just so on the right track,'' Ross said.

Buoyant Community Martinez marina's live-aboards say life on the dock floats their boats

"The marina is the crown jewel of the waterfront. It's the front porch to our downtown,"