Saturday, December 20, 2014

Holiday greetings!

December Blog
Merry Christmas!
The busy holiday season has is quite festive here at Driftwood and we hope you all come out to your marina and enjoy the magic of the season on the Delta.  
Social media is a great way to keep up on Delta happenings and one Facebook page that is on top of the hyacinth issue is Ca. Delta Chambers and Visitors Bureau.  They are doing a great job of posting updates on the problem as well as any state action / inaction regarding it.  As many of you have noticed, the hyacinth is everywhere!!!  The Boat parades in /Stockton and Marina West actually had to be cancelled as the waters were unnavigable and hazardous!!  The shipping channels are not being navigated at night by the big ships as their radar cannot decipher the hyacinth islands from land formations.  We’ve luckily been able to keep Driftwood relatively clear with constant, almost daily, sweeping. In the meantime, if you see small pieces floating in your slip please pull it out of the water.  If you can’t get it up to the dumpsters, call the office and we will move it.  We will continue to monitor and post updates and links to the situation on our FB page.  
Speaking of our Facebook Page, we hope you have “liked” us.  I encourage you to invite your friends to “like” like us too.  There have been some great articles and “throwback Thursday” photos there this month!
The 25th annual Antioch Holiday Delites Lighted Boat Parade was the first Saturday of December with 12 boats all decked out in their holiday finery. . The weather was perfect and the view of the boats was breathtaking.  Berthers Phil and Cheryl, Joe and Wrenda,  Nick and Barbara, as well as our assistant Harbormaster Jim and his wife Darlene, had their boats beautifully decorated.  In fact, Joe and Wrenda took first place in the over 35 foot category. The post parade and dinner was hosted by Bridge Marina Yacht Club and attended by nearly 100 people!  What a great way to interact with our fellow boaters.  
While we are on the subject  of Bridge Marina Yacht Club, we would like to congratulate our berther, Jim Davi on being installed Vice- Commodore and his wife, Cheryl on being installed as a director for 2015.  Their contribution and commitment to the  boating community is much appreciated.  
Just a reminder that the office will be closed on both Christmas and New Year’ s Day.
I wish you all a blessed and  meaningful Holiday Season

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mark one off the 'ole bucket list...

Aloha and Happy November! I just returned from Pearl Harbor; one of my bucket list items. We were fortunate enough to actually stay on Ford Island, the heart of Pearl Harbor, just steps away from the Arizona memorial as well as having a tour of Hickam Airforce Base, which was heavily damaged during the attack, and the USS Missouri where the Articles of Surrender were signed. It was a very moving experience and I have an ever greater appreciation for our service veterans as we prepared to honor them this Veteran's Day. By the way, did you know the entire deck of the Missouri is teak? No more complaints about the relatively small amount of wood we boaters have to maintain!

Good news: the Aqua Harvester has completed the weed whacking in the harbor so our waters are clear with the exception of the stray water hyacinth that are breaking loose upstream and seem to float in and out with the tides. There is currently a group attempting to get a bond measure started to raise funds to eradicate them and I will be keeping you updated on that front.  Of course with the passage of Prop 1, there are also a lot of meetings addressing the tunnels and we will keep representing you at those, too.

As the holidays approach, we are getting the Marina decorated so stop in and see what we are doing. Be sure to get a glimpse of the marina from the water at night…While you're here, go ahead and get your boats ready for the Antioch Holiday Delites Lighted Boat Parade. Boats of all sizes are encouraged to participate by contacting Jim Davi at 925-698-6856. It is scheduled for the first Saturday in December (the 6th) and the line up is in front of our marina at 4:45 pm. The parade will travel along the Antioch waterfront so that would be the best viewing area from land. Of course you can always anchor out to see it too!

As you may have noticed, we have a new presence on Facebook - Please like our page!  We will be posting there regularly and there will be opportunities for you to win prizes for participating. We plan to also include links to articles of interest for both boaters and fishermen.

Finally, as we update our records, please provide us with an e-mail address so we can have another avenue to contact you as needed.

Happy Boating,

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Fall Happenings at Driftwood Marina...

Attention all Driftwood Marina tenants!   As a special promotion, Driftwood is offering $75.00 off a month’s rent to any berther who refers a friend to rent one of our slips.  If you know anyone who is shopping around for a new marina, tell him or her about us and if they choose Driftwood as their new “port of call” we will deduct $75.00 off your next month’s rent!  Be sure to tell perspective tenants to mention your name so that we can “give credit where credit is due.”

We have been working on H Shed and now are offering a limited number of 26 foot slips at our 22 foot price.  This new program promises to be successful as we’ve rented a few already and with the recent improvements, we hope to be at capacity soon.

Bonnie and I went to a round table meeting with Congressman McNerney at the Big Break Regional Shoreline Visitor Center.  The meeting, held Friday 8/15, was a discussion about the proposed tunnels.  About 15 members of the community were in attendance, including representatives from the sanitation district, other marinas, and various conservation programs.  The overwhelming consensus is that the peripheral canal would be devastating to the Delta.  The tunnel would adversely affect wildlife, agriculture, boating, and the delicate ecosystem that is unique to the California Delta.  Let’s do whatever we can to maintain and improve our home and the habitat for so many.

The Visitor Center at the Big Break Regional Shoreline is right next door and offers lots of hands on activities, trails, and quite a bit of in-depth information about our Delta.  The park district is continuing to grow this wonderful facility as new exhibits are in the works.  Nature based activities are planned for every weekend at the Visitor Center and we encourage young and old and in between to check out this fun place!  For more information, call (510) 544-3050.

The state law of California prohibits smoking and animals in the restrooms.  With this in mind, kindly keep the premises clean and litter free by using ashtrays and picking up after your pets.  Also, dogs must be leashed or within your complete voice control at all times.  These facilities are for berthers and their guests only.  It is the responsibility of our tenants to advise their guests of our rules and regulations.

The weather has been spectacular for fishing!  We hope you fishermen and women are getting out there and casting a few.  September and the approaching months can be the very best for fishing and we look forward to all of your “fish tales.”

Rick, the gentleman from aquatic harvesting will be in the Marina this coming Tuesday, September 9.  We wanted to wait for an optimum low tide.   As in years past, the weeds are always a challenge but nothing that we can’t handle.   Thank you for your patience!

We are pleased to announce that our Marina Office will be open 7 days a week.  We did forgo switching to winter hours last year and as it proved to be a benefit to our berthers, it was decided to try it again this year.

On behalf of the staff, I’d like to wish you all a very fun and safe Autumn Season and look forward to seeing you here at the Marina.