1960 - Redwood Harbor, which became Docktown, was established and from the beginning has had live-a-board residents.
(“Boating Days Here.” Redwood City Tribune Apr. 21, 1960; unpublished ariel photos from County archives)
1965 - (Redwood City Tribune Jan 1, 1965) There is a photo of the christening of a houseboat in Docktown Marina.
1990 - 2003 - Several Large, 1300 to 2200 sq ft Homes were built, bought and sold in Docktown Marina.
2001 - The opinions from the State Attorney General’s called “Public Trust Policy,” and Public Trust Doctrine,” now used by the State Lands Commission to define their responsibilities with regard the Public Trust were adopted; Long after the floating community at Docktown existed. link here
2005 - SLC writes new leases to residents of Sandy Beach in Vallejo whose homes encroach on trust lands acknowledging that this is contrary to the public trust but allows it anyway by grandfathering the existing homes saying "...It is the staffs position, supported by advice from the staff of the Attorney General, that residential use is not Consistent with the Public Trust under which the Commission holds State-owned sovereign lands, and should be permitted at Sandy Beach only to the extent it now exists, for so long as the States lands are not needed for public trust purposes."
2010 - The City’s General Plan EIR adopted in 2010 speaks to the continued existence of, and support for, floating communities in Redwood City. Inner Harbor Specific Plan
2012 - Redwood City informs State Lands of their plan to develop the Inner-Harbor and Docktown.
2013 - Redwood City Takes over management of Docktown Marina when the previous manager Fred Earnhardt, Jr. leaves.
2015 - Lawsuit filed against Redwood City by Ted Hannig sighting their violation of the Public Trust.
January 2016 - Redwood City pays $4.5 million to settle the lawsuit filed by Ted Hannig for violating the State’s public trust laws.
$3 million of the settlement is to go into a fund to clean up any environmental messes the floating community has caused to Redwood Creek and to help residents of the marina to relocate elsewhere.
The remaining $1.5 million was paid to attorney Ted Hannig, who filed the complaint against the city in November 2015.
May 2016 - Redwood City floats legislation that could allow Docktown residents to stay for up to 15 years however, they would not be allowed to sell their homes or lease them. The City, however, could buy them and then THEY could lease them.
This was strongly opposed by many residents and subsequently discarded.