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San Leandro did a study of other bay marinas in 2005 and found that all needed subsidies to stay afloat. And there's a big difference in cost for San Leandro, said Battenberg, because of the two mile channel that needs to be excavated to keep the harbor connected to the Bay at a cost of about $1.5 million to $2 million annually.

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He said the city turns a blind eye to the potential of the harbor, otherwise officials wouldn't balk at allocating dollars to keep it running.

Officials still are discussing what will eventually become of the harbor. Last fall, a city committee advanced a plan to keep the docks for as long as feasible, then turn it into an aquatic park.

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"Then boaters will come and revenue will go up," he said. "Build it and Prada Glasses Sunglasses they will come, but only if you build it right. Don't build something stupid that's no way to make money."

At previous meetings, speakers have expressed a desire to keep at least some of the boats. It's a pretty universal sentiment officials and the developer acknowledge that a harbor makes the area more desirable but say it's simply no longer a fiscally viable option.

"Everyone is doing something, and we're trying to close this," he said. "This is what sets the city apart from everywhere else. They want a shoreline? The whole damned bay is a shoreline."

"I coined the phrase, that this is the 'jewel of the city,' " he said. "When I hear other people say that, and then talk about getting rid of the harbor, it makes me choke."

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Oliver Campbell, an air traffic controller at nearby Oakland International Airport who has lived on his yacht for six years, doesn't think the city is trying hard enough. He said he can't think of a better investment for San Leandro than keeping the harbor alive.

'Liveaboards' at the San Leandro Marina want to hang onto their floating homes

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Officials were caught up in creating something worthy of civic pride, Maltester said, and dredging costs were underestimated. The boat basin itself hasn't been mucked out since 1997, and the city has always picked up that tab.

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Mayor Stephen Cassidy added that earmark spending for specific local projects was eliminated when Republicans took over the House of Representatives in 2010.

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The city and developer Cal Coast are working out an exclusive negotiating agreement that is scheduled to go to the City Council around March.

The fate of the boat harbor is tied to a larger vision for 40 acres of the marina that includes a 200 room hotel, office complex, retail shops, 188 residential units, two new restaurants, a library and a community center.

But now funding sources have dried up, said Cynthia Battenberg, San Leandro's business development manager.

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"I don't know what I'll do," she said, dabbing a tear. "I have no clue. It's terrible, and I'm not going to think about it. I feel like I've just been dumped on."

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"There's no money for recreational harbors," she said.

Since Hurricane Katrina, federal dollars have been going to levees and projects aimed at public safety, she said. Commercial harbors also can find funding, but San Leandro isn't home to anything but pleasure craft.

"You didn't need a hell of a lot of arguments," he told the Daily Review in 1996. "These people were friends of mine."

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San Leandro can't afford moving the muck to keep the harbor operational, and it's estimated that Sherwood and about 40 other "liveaboard" marina residents have two or three years before they'll be forced to sail for less muddy waters.

Campbell, who often cruises his 60 foot yacht and is familiar with many bay marinas, said other cities know what they have in a boat harbor. He pointed to the San Jose community of Alviso, where a boat ramp and piers opened in 2010 amid boosters talking about it one day becoming the "Sausalito of the South Bay."

Marinas don't come cheap, and while other communities around the bay have been able to keep boating operations afloat despite tight times, San Leandro has a bigger challenge because of a two mile long channel necessary to connect Prada Iphone Case

SAN LEANDRO Patricia Sherwood and her crew a pair of parakeets and a hoary, dreadlocked cat named Morka share a modest cabin on Sabrina, a 26 foot sailboat that she's docked at the San Leandro Marina for 14 years.

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