Martinez Council Approves Access Agreement
Jun 27, 2016 04:31PM
● By Jennifer Neys
Council Approves Access Agreement
At the June 1 city council meeting, council formally approved an access agreement with Prop SF and Almar Marina Management Inc. to allow use of the Martinez Marina public dock and a portion of the parking area for private charter ferry service from the Martinez Marina by Prop SF.
In addition to use of the public dock, Prop SF has requested a non-exclusive right to use up to 50 parking spaces in the public parking areas on weekdays between the hours of 5am and 5pm. Prop SF would not provide compensation to the city or Almar for use of the public dock during this initial charter phase of operations, as this charter use of the city marina facilities is intended as a private service and is expected to reduce traffic impacts on the I-680 and Highway 4 corridors. More importantly, this ferry service provides a test project for the potential of future expanded public service at the Martinez Marina.
Prior to the start of chartered service, Prop SF will provide the city and Almar a written notice of the schedule of the pick up and drop off times and will be responsible for construction of an upgrade of the handrail to the dock, subject to the review and approval of the city engineer and Almar. Conceivably, ferry service could expand into a more comprehensive public ferry service model.