The first in what's expected to be a stream of eviction cases involving Pete's Harbor in Redwood City, Calif., ended this week with a judge ruling that a boat tenant can live at the marina 60 more days, but then must leave.
In September, Pete's Harbor owner Paula Uccelli told harbor tenants to move out by Jan. 15 to make room for a planned 411-unit residential development with private boat slips. Fewer than a dozen boats remain moored at the 263-slip marina today.
The Pete's Harbor property includes an inner and outer harbor and the company leases the outer one from the California State Lands Commission under the condition it's operated as a commercial marina.
Pete's Harbor tenants and their supporters have argued that Uccelli doesn't have the right to transfer her lease to developer Paul Powers for private development.
Shaunn Cartwright, a supporter of the Save Pete's Harbor effort, said she's concerned that if Powers gets the outer harbor lease he may prevent past tenants from returning by pricing them out.
"It's going to be a pretty exclusive development, so it's going to be pretty exclusive slips," Cartwright said.