Friday, February 17, 2017

Emergency Response Training April 1 & 8

South Forty dock rep Louis Simpson handles the heavy lifting at a recent CERT training. 
The next Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training in Southern Marin is scheduled for April 1 and April 8. Several floating homes folks have already signed up, and if we get 15 more, we’ll be able to hold emergency simulations on our docks.

As in the past, the FHA will reimburse floating homes residents for the cost of tuition ($45) once they complete the training. The FHA’s goal is to have as many residents CERT-trained as possible.

Once you’ve been trained you can decide whether you are willing to be deployed into the larger community during an emergency, or just to help your own neighbors and family.

If you have questions, go HERE.
To register, contact FHA Emergency Services Chair Flo Hoylman at

post by Larry Clinton  |  photo by Flo Hoylman

Thursday, February 16, 2017

FHA Board Meeting Notes – January 2017


  • Jennifer Gennari led a discussion of the Board's vision for the FHA. There was strong support for the FHA to build community cohesiveness. Jen will draft a vision statement based on this discussion.
  • Last year's tour did not generate enough income so we will be looking at a larger Tour this year.
  • The new Floating Times will debut at the March 4 Annual Meeting. Everyone in the community will receive an invitation to view the newsletter online and to subscribe for weekly updates. The new format will allow for more timely articles and will be searchable.
  • Dock reps were again asked to check on the numbers that were handed out to be put on the water side of homes. 
  • Incumbent FHA Officers were re-elected for two more years. They are: Katherine Boschetto, President; Flo Hoylman, Vice President; Linda Sempliner, Secretary; and Joan Sheahan, Treasurer. 
  • The Board agreed to purchase a table for six for Sausalito's Jazz and Blues by the Bay, which is held on Fridays from June through August. This will be available to the entire community. Check back for more details on how to make reservations for this table.
  • The Board is sponsoring an Oral History program, and is actively seeking volunteer interviewers and subjects from the community. Send suggestions to
  • A review of FHA committees will be held at the March 20 meeting which will also be an Open Forum meeting.
  • The FHA Bylaws are posted HERE on the FHA web site (top of the page).
  • The Board continues to look for a Secretary and Membership Chair.
 Left to right: Joan Sheahan, Flo Hoylman, Katherine Boschetto, Linda Sempliner  |  photo by Larry Clinton

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Alert Marin Keeps You Informed in an Emergency

In January 2013, Marin County launched an improved version of the Alert Marin Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS). Local emergency officials use TENS to deliver incident-specific information or potentially life-saving instructions to the geographic areas that are affected.

Emergency situations that may trigger a TENS message include:

• Flooding, wildfires, and subsequent evacuations
• Public safety incidents including crimes that affect your neighborhood
• Post-disaster information about shelters, transportation, or supplies

Alert Marin automatically sends emergency notifications to all Marin residents with a landline. To receive messages via cell phone, voice-over internet protocol (VoIP) telephone, work telephone or email, you must register for TENS via the Alert Marin website. Those who work in Marin are also eligible to register. Registrants must be eighteen years of age or older.

You can opt out of the system at any time by removing your contact information from your profile.

If you need additional assistance, or if you have any questions, please contact the Southern Marin Fire Protection District at (415) 380-1100.



The above reprinted from the December 16, 2016 Sausalito Currents

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

East Pier Storm Damage

During the windy storm the morning of Tuesday, February 7,
both pilings on number 2 East Pier were broken.

When the house moved away from the dock, the ramp to the dock collapsed into the water.
More winter storms are likely.

Check your own pilings for signs of wear and replace them as soon as possible.

From Flo Hoylman, "People need to know how they will tie their boat up if a collar or piling breaks. Having collars on only one side makes boats vulnerable, and many boats on East and West Pier are set up this way."

photos by Court Mast

Monday, February 13, 2017

Choppy Waters for the RBRA

At a Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency (RBRA) meeting Thursday evening Sausalito’s representative confirmed the city’s plans to withdraw from the agency, effective at the end of the fiscal year, if there is not significant progress in the removal of illegally anchored boats in Richardson’s Bay. Our own Court Mast (West Pier) spoke in favor of the removal of all boats anchored in the bay, not just the “junk” boats which seem to be the focus of actions in the past. He addressed the navigational problem of floating and sunken debris in the anchor-out areas.

The temporary executive director of the RBRA reported that they are on target to remove 100 boats by the end of June. In spite of the 65 boats that have been removed, either by the RBRA or Sausalito Police since July of last year (and the 13 that sunk in the last storm), the overall number of the boats remains about the same – at 210. 145 of these vessels are “live-aboards", the result of a constant stream of new arrivals.

After the meeting there was considerable hallway discussion about the desire on the part of many in the city, and many in the floating home community, to have all of the illegal boats removed from the bay, whether or not they are lived on. There has been little effort on the part of the citizenry to speak against the anchor-outs, in part due to feelings of intimidation.

Visiting boats could still be legally and temporarily anchored, as they are now, but they would be permitted through the Sausalito Police Dept.

For further information see the Marin IJ article:
New effort pulls derelict boats from Richardson Bay, by Mark Prado

photo and post by Teddie Hathaway