Skip to comments.Marina’s Impending Closure Threatens To Leave Retirees Homeless
Posted on 04/16/2012 2:07:10 PM PDT by BenLurkin
WILMINGTON (CBS) Tough times have arrived at the marina.
Contrary to the image of wealthy sailors who trot the globe aboard their boats, nearly a dozen lifelong boat dwellers are struggling to find a new place to dock after the marina theyve called home for years was labeled by city and port officials as too dilapidated to be safe.
Los Angeles Harbor officials are scheduled to evict 95 tenants at the Colonial Yacht Anchorage in Wilmington. Of those tenants, 11 live on their boats full-time, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Many of the tenants, who are retirees living on a fixed income, say it will be tough to find a new place for their boats, partly because the Los Angeles Harbor Department has a 5 percent live-aboard cap for each marina operator, most of which are already at that limit. Rent is also a major issue its $636 a month at the Colonial Yacht Anchorage in Wilmington, and double that at any other marina, the Times reported.
Boat owners say the city and port officials did not make the eviction plans public, until March 22, when a sign was posted on the front gates of the marina.
The marina is owned by Colonial Yacht Anchorage, Inc. Like a slumlord, the company has neglected to maintain the marina, leading to floorboards pockmarked with large holes and even some vessels partially sinking.
The city of Los Angeles is still working to collect the nearly $400,000 of rent owed for the marina, and initially sought other operators to manage the marina. But when they saw the conditions of the docks and slips, they decided to close it.
Sad we had our family boats there in the 70 s and 80s it was getting a bit scary towards the end
Sounds like crony-eminent domain to me.
Was that the marina near, or rather next to the old Henry Ford Bridge on the Wilmington side of Terminal Island al?
I remember that one wasn’t in very good shape back in the 70’s either.
OK, Thanks for that. I know where that is. IIRC that is also backed up to the old break bulk warehouse dock area that has been in ruin for seemingly ever, actually since the late sixties, early seventies when all the money, and attention went towards building up the Container Shipping Terminal operations.
I remember reading a number of years past that they were going to begin tearing down much of that old Dock St. area, and revitalize it all. Curious if that ever happened.
I’ll have to do a tour of the area one of these days. Sort of a nostalgia thing for me. I started in rigging at the foot of Avalon, and “B” St. back in the sixties, then went on to Container Vessel Operations in 1970.
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