Sausalito Police Work to Improve Conditions on Richardson Bay
Over the last few months, the Sausalito Police Department has been moving forward with its Waterfront Management Plan in the area of surveys, community outreach, and enforcement. The Police Department's efforts have been assisted by other regional agencies, including the Marin County Sheriff's Office, the Richardson Bay Regional Agency, and Marin County Health and Human Services.
Using funds allocated by the City Council on June 20, 2017, the Sausalito Police Department has hired two part-time temporary technical specialists to serve as a marine survey team. The information gathered by the team is entered into a Geographic Information System (GIS) computer program. The program is used to store a photograph of each vessel in Sausalito waters, along with information such as location, vessel movement, condition, length, type of boat, registration status, and police contacts.
The annual Anchor-Out Outreach Event in Dunphy Park was held on November 7. Medical assessments and flu shots were provided to the homeless and anchor-out communities, along with clothing and emergency items.
On November 21, a Debris Collection Event was held at three locations on Richardson Bay between 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The purpose of the event was to work with members of the anchor-out community to remove debris from vessels before the winter storm season. During the 3.5-hour event, a large debris box was filled with various forms of debris, including trash, boat equipment, household chemicals, bicycle parts, and tires.
Using the information from the new GIS program, the Police Department's Marine Patrol Unit has begun making contact with individuals and vessels that are in violation of waterfront ordinances and other applicable maritime laws. The GIS program makes it possible for officers to schedule and conduct specific patrols to address violations in a systematic manner. During these directed patrols, officers are issuing citations or providing warnings to individuals and/or vessels based on the violations they encounter.
In addition to directed enforcement, officers from the Marine Patrol Unit have delivered a copy of the new City of Sausalito waterfront ordinances to all vessels that are currently moored or anchored in Sausalito waters.
In other enforcement efforts, two large items of marine debris were removed from Sausalito waters in recent months. On September 20, an 18-foot, partially submerged dock that had been illegally anchored in the waters off of Dunphy Park was removed. On November 27, a 44-foot unoccupied and derelict sailing vessel was removed and destroyed.