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Old 02-12-2012, 14:34   #1
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Liveaboards in San Francisco area marina being evicted

Just saw this in the newspaper this morning...

Pete's Harbor live-aboards fight for their way of life - latimes.com

"REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Pete Uccelli took 20 acres of swampland and transformed it into a boatyard and marina, welcoming visitors and residents of his beloved town to stroll the docks and feed the ducks.

His restaurant on the southern edge of San Francisco Bay became a gathering spot — hosting Rotary Club meetings, business lunches and quinceañeras.

"Pete's Harbor" also was a haven for "live-aboards," who rejoiced in the riches of the wildlife refuge a stone's throw away and often shared their unique lifestyle over barbecue and beers.

But after nearly six decades, it looks like it all may be coming to an end.

Boaters and motor-home owners — well over 100 of them full-time residents — were told by Uccelli's widow, Paula, that they'd have to clear out by Jan. 15.

Her husband had started talking about selling the land for development more than a decade ago. After several starts and stops, planning commissioners in late October approved a Colorado builder's plan to raze the restaurant, construct more than 400 condos and apartments and restrict the marina's slips to use by the new residents.

Although many boaters gave up and pulled out — their slips have been cordoned off with yellow tape to ensure that they stay vacant — a dedicated group of residents is calling for compromise."
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Old 02-12-2012, 15:15   #2
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Re: Liveaboards in San Francisco area marina being evicted

Buy a swamp, start over. No, wait, the EPA are more dangerous than the alligators. Emigrate, then buy the swamp. Then feed any budding EPA-ites to the alligators...call it carbon sequestering.
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