A nonprofit that includes current and former tenants of Pete’s Harbor is applying to lease part of the marina from the state to continue its operation even as 411 waterfront housing units go up around it.
Former tenant Alison Madden filed the application on behalf of newly formed San Francisco Bay Marinas for All with the State Lands Commission which owns the land. The group hopes to keep the slips public, which is one of the caveats Madden and others fighting the proposed development have long made.
Madden informed the SLC of the intent at its last meeting but have yet to make a public announcement. However, another group of former tenants, Save Pete’s Harbor, made its own announcement this week of Madden’s comments at the July 12 meeting, urging Redwood City officials to tread carefully with planning regarding the land adjacent to Redwood Creek and Smith Slough because of the new private interest.
“As parties jockey to control this valuable area, we strongly urge the city of Redwood City as well as the SLC to protect the public trust by acting diligently in the best interests of all people and boaters of California and not simply for local or private interests,” said James Lee, Save Pete’s Harbor secretary, in a prepared statement.
The announcement also stated the group’s sole objective is keeping a public marina.
For her part, Madden said she and the group were surprised the other organization addressed the possible lease before anything was actually done.
Regardless, the fate of the outer harbor where the potentially public marina lies remains up in the air.
In June, owner Paula Uccelli gave notice to end her 28-year lease for the outer harbor, saying she had little choice because the commission issued a breach of contract, ordered her to make millions of dollars in capital improvements within 60 days and claimed she had not provided timely notice of her husband’s 2005 death.
Uccelli plans to sell the land to developer Pauls Corp. and previously wanted to transfer the two harbor leases to Paul Powers. Powers offered to keep the marina open if development opponents backed off but was denied. He then revamped the proposal to include the marina which forced the City Council to return the application to the Planning Commission.
Uccelli meanwhile is seeking state permission to remove the docks currently at the marina.