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Police Use Mapping Software to Track Boats in Sausalito Waters

Post Date:03/09/2018 2:30 PM
In July 2017, the Sausalito Police Department began using a Geographic Information System (GIS) called ArcGIS to track boats anchored or moored in Sausalito waters. Since that time, a total of nine surveys have been conducted by the department's new marine survey team, which consists of two part-time employees. As of February 3, 2018, there were 64 boats in Sausalito waters. That number represents a decline from a high of 77 boats in the fall of 2017, according to data cited by Lt. Bill Fraass at a presentation to the City Council on February 27. The number does not include boats on the far side of the channel into the bay; those waters are administered by the Richardson's Bay Regional Association.

ArcGIS also allows the Sausalito Police to track vessels by name, movement, condition, registration, owner information, and contacts with law enforcement. As of February 3, 55% of the vessels anchored or moored in Sausalito waters were currently registered or federally documented.

The Waterfront Management Plan approved by the Sausalito City Council in June 2017 sets as its highest priorities the removal of marine debris vessels, the removal of unoccupied vessels used as storage, and the enforcement of vessel registration requirements. The plan also charges the Sausalito Police with monitoring vessels occupied by unskilled or mentally unstable people who may be a danger to themselves or others, with the goal of getting these individuals off the water.

Since November 14, 2017, seven vessels have been removed from Sausalito waters as marine debris. In addition, the Sausalito Police have issued citations for infractions such as expired registration, debris on deck, and unlawful mooring in the waters of Dunphy Park.

The Sausalito Police Department is actively seeking to hire a part-time marine patrol officer to bolster enforcement efforts on the waterfront. The marine patrol officer position and the marine survey team are funded by the Tidelands Fund, which generates revenues from City waterfront properties like the Sausalito Yacht Club and the Spinnaker Restaurant, and the City's savings from its withdrawal from the Richardson's Bay Regional Association on July 1, 2017.


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