What is the “Blue Economy” and how can Alameda benefit from it? 

This question arose at a recent Planning Board meeting when Alamedans discussed the fate of the Alameda Marina and its working waterfront. World-renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle addressed the board and expressed concern about the many small family businesses, skilled crafts and boating activities that are now at risk from a large re-development plan. 


On Feb. 16, the state’s Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) — tasked with overseeing San Francisco Bay waterfront development — denied Mina Patel a permit to build a 98-room hotel at 2530 Harbor Bay Parkway, about one-half mile south of the Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal. The commission’s vote was 11 in favor, six opposed and one abstention. This fell two short of the 13 votes needed for approval of any permit. It is rare for BCDC to deny a permit.


Property owner Daxa Patel has reapplied for a building permit from the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC). Patel still hopes to build a five-story hotel on a 1.5-acre parcel at 2350 Harbor Bay Parkway. 

One of BCDC’s many roles is overseeing the 100-foot shoreline band that surrounds San Francisco Bay. The commission may authorize buildings within that 100-foot band. However, in a May 2016 study, BCDC’s Design Review Board found that the proposed location of Patel’s hotel is too close to the shoreline. 


The rain ended, the sun came out, and so did the harbor seals at Alameda Point. So many of them came out of the water to warm up on their new float on Jan. 5, hardly any of the structure was visible. The regional ferry agency installed the new float after removing an old Navy dock used by the seals, in order to make way for a ferry maintenance facility. 


A representative from the city of Alameda will discuss details of the proposed Seaplane Lagoon Ferry Terminal plan in front of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) next Tuesday, June 7.

Alameda Point CEO Jennifer Ott will lead a collaborative that includes a representative from the Water Emergency Transportation Authority and two marine design teams, to give a presentation about the project in front of BCDC’s design review board. 


Until February 2014, the 1.51-acre parcel at 2350 Harbor Bay Parkway was zoned as open space. On July 13, 2015, the Planning Board approved a plan for a Marriott Fairfield Inn with five stories and 100 rooms in the middle of a shoreline greenway.