Rescue swimmers from the Berkeley Fire Department pulled a 35-year-old woman from the San Francisco Bay on Thursday night, authorities report.
The Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday night in favor of a public planning process that could one day bring San Francisco Bay Ferry service to Berkeley.
Berkeley doesn't need to spend $1.2M to study what to do with the Marina. Adding a hotel could wipe out the Marina Fund's deficit and bring needed activity to that part of the shoreline.
Marina funding is at a breaking point and, unless investment is made soon, facilities and infrastructure will either require more costly emergency funding or be closed, as was the Berkeley Pier.
Community members may be able to weigh in on the future of the Berkeley pier as soon as January, city staff reports.
The Berkeley pier has a long and storied history. First used for ferry service, then for car service, then for recreation, it is now too dilapidated to be open.
Unless the Parks and Waterfront Department gets real, the T1 bond money will be a case of pouring new wine into cracked old bottles.