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post #41 of Old 10-11-2012
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Re: Opposition to liveaboards

Sadly it is the price to pay for living in paradise. The government agencies in California control the building and use permit process and their goal is to limit growth along the coast line and waterfronts. It doesn’t matter how well equipped a marina is if the goal is to limit the number of people living along the water. In the Bay Area, they have closed down marinas for non-compliance with environmental regulations and all but stopped the building of new ones. Most of the houseboats in Sausalito are now gone. They came very close to banning copper based bottom paint on all recreational vessels. Our club at one time applied for a building permit to fill in our then unused swimming pool. The BCDC would only sign-off if we opened up our private club grounds to public access. In order to get a permit to do some renovations inside the clubhouse we had to agree to extend the Bay Trail through our club grounds (at our own expense!).
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