"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 (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.
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….
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.
Duncan said the City Council should devote its resources to the development of a tourist industry in Martinez, an historic town with a marina that could serve as a picturesque gateway.
Martinez Picks Marina Manager City hoping company can turn muddy views into a prettier sight
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.
"The marina is the crown jewel of the waterfront. It's the front porch to our downtown,"