Boaters and SF at War Over Marina Slip Transfers

Byline: Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — New rules proposed for San Francisco’s public harbor are not going over well with local boaters.

The city wants to forbid tenants of the harbor, which fronts Marina Green, from subleasing their boat slips. It also wants to stop them from transferring the slips to people who buy their boats.

City officials said they believe some leaseholders have sold boats at prices above their market value because the slip was included in the deal. Recreation and Park Department general manager Phil Ginsburg told the San Francisco Chronicle that people should not be profiting from a public asset.

But harbor tenants said the city had previously promised they would be allowed to transfer their boat slips — and anyone who buys a boat needs a place to put it.

The Recreation and Park Commission is scheduled to take up the new rule proposal later this month.

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