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Pete's Harbor developer rejects $1.2 million counteroffer
February 01, 2013, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal Staff

Pete's Harbor tenants who rejected an offer by its proposed developer to pay $50,000 and keep part of the marina public in return for them scuttling a lawsuit and any appeals counteroffered with a $1.2 million request that was equally turned down.

In a Jan. 30 letter to Alison Madden, who has been speaking as a representative of the tenants, developer Paul Powers formally rejected the offer of $1,220,920.92 as "most unreasonable.” Powers also calls other demands "unacceptable” to his company, Pauls Corp.

But Madden said the amount was something that was never really expected to be accepted and was offered more to make the point that $50,000 is too small an amount to compensate the tenants already uprooted.

"Fifty thousand is ridiculous to only get out the people whose boats can't move. If we are getting down to trying to compensate people that would be more like 250 people not just the few still left,” Madden said.

Aside from dismissing the financial request, Powers also questioned if Madden actually speaks for all former tenants at the harbor and says the company has heard from individuals who claim that she does not. With that unclear, Powers implies the tenants will not have a say in the future of the land owned by the States Land Commission but leased to current Pete's Harbor owner, Paula Uccelli.

Powers had offered to keep that portion of the outer harbor open to the public, including the tenants, but that proposal is now off the table along with a $50,000 fund to tow boats whose owners cannot afford to relocate their vessel.

"It is obvious to us that there is not a representative of the former tenants of Pete's Harbor who has authority to speak and negotiate for all those who wish to influence how we utilize the outer harbor in the event agency approvals are obtained,” Powers wrote in the letter to Madden.

Powers could not be reached for comment on the letter.

Madden said the splinters in the tenants group are being blown out of proportion by one angry tenant and the Occupy Redwood City group but that even with two different groups they have "common interests but different perspectives.”

The back-and-forth offers are the latest wrinkle in a public fight by Pete's Harbor tenants to either stay or return


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