Sunday, December 15, 2013

December 2013 News

Winter is here but we are keeping our summer hours!  Activity around the Marina has been brisk and as long as it continues, we will remain open 7 days a week, 8:00 am until 4:00 pm.  Please keep mind that due to the colder weather, ramps and walkways may be slippery so take extra caution when out and about.
Although we are still in a drought, the rain is bound to hit us sometime soon.  For those of our berthers not regularly at the Marina, please check your boat.  The cold, wet weather can play havoc on marine vessels.

The Delta has been generous in giving up her bounty.  Fisher folk have been catching sturgeon and stripers aplenty this past fall.  Duck hunting season also has gotten off to a great start… great for the hunters… not the ducks!  For those of you fishing enthusiasts, make sure to check out the new BAIT SHOP at New Bridge Marina in the old Dale’s Canvass spot.  We wish the new enterprise much luck!

The boat wash program has been discontinued by the NRG Power plant.  A special meeting was held at Supervisor District III, Mary Piepho’s office to address this matter.  Driftwood Marina had the largest representation with myself, Bonnie, Jim, and owner Matt in attendance.  Chris Laurizen and many other marina personnel were also there to gather information and protest the discontinuation.  A follow up meeting is tentatively scheduled for January with representatives from NRG and (hopefully) PG&E, too. We will keep you abreast of any changes as we continue to urge the power companies to reinstate/continue this valuable program.  Bart Fisher of Fisher Enterprises will be in contact with those berthers who have used his service through the program.  He will continue to offer boat washing and notify you of his reasonable fee.   If you wish to contact Bart directly, please call him at 925/778-8346.  Bart is a great guy and has always done a wonderful, thorough job.

An ongoing issue at the Marina is shed gates not being closed, and therefore locked properly.  Please make sure your gate is securely closed when entering/exiting your shed.

From everyone here, we’d like to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Summer Blog

We’ve been busy here at the Marina since my last blog... It was great to see so many of our berthers at the Customer Appreciation Day.  On behalf of myself, Kathy and the staff, I’d like to extend a big “Thank You!” to all who attended.  We had a good turnout with several lucky winners of our various raffles.  You can view pictures of this year’s event on our photos link.

The front gate has been fixed…  If you haven’t yet done so, stop by the office and get your key reprogramed.  Everything has been working great with the update to the software.  Please let us know if you have any issues or questions. 

We continue our battle with the weeds in the water… The hot weather helps these aquatic weeds to grow.  The workboat and workmen have been getting a workout scooping the weeds out to the fast water.  It’s a struggle but we plan to continue to fight!

The safety of our berthers and their belongings is of utmost importance… While cameras on the property are operational and law enforcement does patrol, your own safety starts with you. Kindly remember to keep the gate to your shed locked, secure personal items, and report any broken locks or burnt out bulbs. 

Annual Aahmes Yacht Club Shrine Event is right around the corner… Driftwood Marina will be hosting the event this year on Saturday, August 3.  Festivities will start at 12:00 noon, with an afternoon of music, raffles, a steak dinner, and visit from the Potentate.  See our attached flyer and call or stop by the office to make your reservations.  Help support this amazing cause.

And finally, from berther Phil, some tips to make your outdoor experience this summer more enjoyable...  Looking for environmentally safe, economical insect repellents?  Try some of these easy care plants to clear areas of flies:


If spiders are your problem, try using any of the following natural oils, a squirt of dish detergent and water in a spray bottle for a safe deterrent:  

Citrus fruits
Tea trees

Spray the mixture on cobwebs, around doors and windows, lawn and garden, on and around your boat, or any surface where spiders lurk.

 We look forward to seeing you around the Marina enjoying your boat and summer on the Delta.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Spring is here! We will be expanding our business hours to be open
7 days a week beginning April 1st
Hours of operation will remain 
8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

We’ve been busy…If you haven’t had the opportunity, come by the Marina and check out our improvements! These include our beautiful green lawn, flowers in bloom and general landscape updating. We have a new building for the gas shed as well. Pot holes have been patched and we continue our ongoing battle with the weeds. We believe victory over unwanted foliage will be ours! Speaking of unwanted foliage, we continue to keep the work boat in operation managing the debris in the Marina, keeping our waterways clear.

An exciting addition …to the front of the Marina is our turtle pond. Should you venture out on a sunny day you may see Walter, the Dude and Donny basking on a rock. They can be elusive (especially the Dude) but seem to have acclimated well to their new home. While away from Driftwood, they can be viewed on our new "Turtle Cam", our latest live action camera in the Marina.

The Management asks for your help… in keeping our docks and the area around boats clean and tidy. Perhaps there are items you've been meaning to throw away or stow away. Inspection is coming up, which includes walking and inspecting the docks.  An excess of items can present a safety issue as well as being an eyesore.  Berthers who do not comply will be notified individually.  Winter can certainly be a time of accumulation and hibernation and spring is our chance to start anew.  

Opening Day… is Saturday, April 6 and Driftwood Yacht Club is hosting this fun, annual event. All are hoping for a great day on the water as the season officially gets underway.  We're always happy  to welcome the new season and warmer weather!

Save the Date... Driftwood Marina's Annual Customer Appreciation Day  has been scheduled for Saturday, May 18th.   Stay tuned for details!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Finally, from the entire Driftwood Marina staff...

Happy Easter
Happy Spring
Happy Boating