Embattled Richardson Bay harbormaster to exit post

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Curtis Havel, the Richardson Bay harbormaster who has long clashed with mariners over illegally anchored vessels, will leave his position at the end of the month.

Havel, a former county planner, said in a letter to the Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency board that is he leaving “to pursue other career opportunities.”

“It’s been my great pleasure to work with such a dedicated team during my tenure as RBRA’s Harbormaster,” he wrote.

Jim Malcolm, the assistant harbormaster, will assume Havel’s responsibilities while the agency finds a replacement.

Havel’s annual salary was $120,640, said Dan Eilerman, assistant county administrator.

Havel was hired in August 2019, replacing former harbormaster Bill Price, who held the job for 24 years. Havel joined the agency as it was under mounting state pressure to crack down on “anchor-outs,” the vessels anchored in Richardson Bay in violation of state law that forbids them from staying there for longer than 72 hours.

The agency’s board approved a settlement agreement in August that will require the removal of illegal vessels anchored in the bay within five years amid threats of enforcement action by the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.



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