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Turn the tide against exclusive marinas

July 12, 2006

The story "Feeling the Squeeze" (July 9) quotes various yacht brokers and harbor designers and developers cheerleading for supersized boats costing millions of dollars, all of which eliminate marina space and boat slips for smaller, lower-cost ocean recreation craft for the general public. All of these cheerleaders profit from the conversion of public marinas to luxury playgrounds. The story borders on outrageous with the quote by San Francisco harbor developer Brad Gross criticizing the California Coastal Commission for seeking to preserve smaller boat slips and accommodations (calling it unjustified "social engineering").

It would be worthwhile to remind profiteers like Gross that in California, harbors built in public waters are public trust entities and that the Coastal Act was specifically enacted by California voters to prevent the rich from stealing what belongs to us all.

MARK MASSARA

Director

Sierra Club Coastal Programs

San Francisco

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