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Brooke Marino Submitted the Below Letter to Sausalito's City Council at their Nov 12th Meeting

Brooke was out of town and unable to attend the meeting. Her letter was read by Lauren McKeon, local artist and fellow maritime craftswomen at Starbuck Canvas.

See Lauren read the letter at 2:34:44 in the video link on the nex line

To Whom it May Concern at the Sausalito City Council Meeting November 12, 2019,

Hello. My name is Brooke Marino. I am both the education director and a general boatyard employee at Spaulding Marine Center and Boatworks. I am sorry I am unable to attend the meeting today. I hope this letter will suffice.

I am writing you today to express my concern for the zoning changes and proposed development of the Marin Ship. As a part of the working community in a boatyard which has been active on the Sausalito waterfront since 1951, I can attest to what a truly special place the Marin Ship is. The pacific coast is peppered with the ruins of bygone maritime industry, and few are the places which have been able to resist the gentrification of once working landscapes. Fewer still are the people who recognize what is lost when we swap the cultural depth and vibrancy that comes from industries and economies firmly rooted in place, for a spectacle marketed at tourists and vacationers.

The layers of material history, the structures, vessels, and stories,that have built up along the shores of Richardson bay are unlike any other place because they are of this place. Likewise the skills of maritime tradesmen and women in the Marin Ship have been sharpened against the rocky shores and cultural context of Sausalito. This sort of experience is invaluable and ought be treasured, protected, and, importantly, worked and improved.

As a global citizenry, we are at a critical juncture as to how we move forward in the structuring of our societies and economies in the face the multifaceted existential crisis commonly referred to as climate change. I firmly believe that industry, specifically local and regionally specific industries, are a necessary part of insuring the resiliency of both land bases and economies. These industries will need to be adaptive and creative in addressing these challenges, and they will need their communities support, not abandonment. If Sausalito is interested in fostering resilient community, decision makers will have to begin to value the relationships and skills forged from those who work this waterfront above possible revenue from real estate investment and good views for the elite.

The people in this room are the cartographers tasked with the mapping of the future of the Sausalito waterfront. That map can still be drawn in several ways, the result of which may be a city and a stretch of shoreline indistinguishable from so many others, washed clean of the marks of history and the hands which make them which make this place distinct. Or it can chose to leave the Marin Ship on the map, to invest in the working parts of this city, and help navigate us towards a resilient future.

Thank you,

Brooke Marino

Spaulding Marine Center and Boatworks


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