For the benefit of all slipholders, a copy of the Wharf developer's transition plans with graphic depictions of the Phase II, PUD plan is now in the laundry room. Please feel free to look at but leave the books there for other slipholders to also be able to review. This is similar to what can be found on the Wharf website, but may be easier for some to access.

Dec 6, 2009

Check out the December Southwester

There is a great article on p.9 regarding the GPSA Tree Planting. Also, there are a couple of pieces on the status of development projects in SWDC. Click here to view the December issue.

3rd Annual Livable Walkable Awards

Councilmember Tommy Wells’s Annual Holiday Party and 3rd Annual Livable Walkable Awards are coming up this Monday, December, 7th in the North Hall of Eastern Market from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Visit Councilmember Wells's website for more info.

Both GPSA and POWYC were nominated, so please show up to support us and Councilmember Wells's wonderful community initiative.

Nov 22, 2009

Hear Several Progress Reports From Local Developers Working in Our SW Community at SWNA Meeting Mon, Nov 23, 2009, 7 PM

From Ms. Monk's listserv:

Join the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly on November 23 at 7:00 pm for a discussion of development in the Southwest/Near Southeast neighborhoods—past, present, and future.

We will view a presentation called “The Bulldozer and the Rose” and discuss the impacts of development on our community.

We will also hear several progress reports from local developers working in our community.

In the spirit of the upcoming season, we hope to have something for which to be thankful by the end of the meeting.

The meeting will be held in the sanctuary of St. Augustine’s Church (6th & M St SW) at 7:00pm on November 23, 2009.

Nov 21, 2009

Nov. 7 Community Tree Planting a Success!

Last week was rather busy, and we forgot to post wonderful coverage of our tree planting from the SWDC blog:

We had over 80 volunteers help plant 22 honey locust trees in the Median of Maine Ave. between 6th and 7th streets SW. We also planted one additional tree in the GP parking lot near the mailboxes. We hope these trees will have a calming effect on traffic and a positive impact the environment and aesthetic beauty in SW DC. The event served as a wonderful opportunity to bring folks from all across the city together to focus on improving our community. This is just the beginning, however. Now we will need volunteers to help water the trees in the Spring. Please be send an email to GPSA if you are interested in helping out.

Here are some photos from the planting here:
GPSA Community Tree Planting with Casey Trees


Courtsey of ANC 6D02 Commissioner David C. Sobelsohn:

On Saturday, December 26, as part of Randall Neighbor Day 2009, anyone who
can prove he or she lives in zip codes 20024 or 20003 can visit, for free,
the Corcoran Gallery of Art on 17th St., NW. This is part of the benefits
package the ANC negotiated with the Corcoran, in exchange for supporting
the Corcoran’s plans to move much of its College of Art & Design into
the old Randall Junior High School, 65 I St., SW.

Nov 19, 2009

GPSA Board for 2010

GPSA held elections on Nov. 10, 2009 and the following board members were unanimously elected for 2010:

President - Jason Kopp
Vice-President - Eve Bratman
Secretary - Kim Adams

Nov 16, 2009

SWNA Nov Meeting will Focus on Development

Below is an announcement that SWNA has sent out. I have also heard that PN Hoffman and Associates will be present at the meeting to provide a progress report (and make an announcement regarding the development). Try to make it if you are interested (which you should be!).

SWNA November Meeting to Focus on Neighborhood Development

Join the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly on November 23 at 7:00pm for a discussion of development in the Southwest/Near Southeast neighborhoods—past, present, and future. We will view a presentation called “The Bulldozer and the Rose” and discuss the impacts of development on our community. We will also hear several progress reports from local developers working in our community. In the spirit of the upcoming season, we hope to have something for which to be thankful by the end of the meeting. The meeting will be held in the sanctuary of St. Augustine’s Church (6th & M St SW) at 7:00pm on November 23, 2009.

Nov 10, 2009

Dont' forget about the annual meeting tonight!

GPSA Annual Meeting Tonight, 11/10/2009

7PM - Harbor Patrol Community Classroom

We'll be electing new board members and setting the agenda for the coming year.

Be there ... or be a landlubber!!!


Nov 1, 2009

ANC Annouced Fix-It Day Deadline is Monday, November 2nd

Please check out the blog post on the SWDC blog regarding tomorrow's deadline for ANC Fix-It Day. If you can think of any repairs that need to be done on city-owned property, please report them to Bert Randolph at the ANC office by calling 202 554 1795 or by emailing no later than Nov 2, 2009 (tomorrow!).

Oct 14, 2009


Casey trees decided to move our tree planting to a Saturday morning for safety and attendance reasons. The new date is Saturday, Nov 7, at 9:00am across the street from the GangPlank Marina parking lot. Please visit this link to reserve a spot and obtain additional info: Please encourage as many people as you can to sign up and help out. We are going to have 23 trees to plant, so we'll have our work cut out for us!

Aug 14, 2009

Live-Aboard Boater Day 2009

Thank you to everyone who attended the Live-Aboard Boater Day Barbecue yesterday. We had a great turnout, and a wonderful time! We welcomed visitors Senator Paul Strauss, Councilmember Well's Senior Policy Advisor Linda O'Brien, ANC 6D Chairman Andy Litsky, Commissioners Jane Jorgenson and David Sobelsohn, and former GPSA president Diane Pennessi. Various members from the Gangplank Slipholders Association (GPSA) and the Port of Washington Yacht Club (POWYC) and friends from the community were also present. Roger Thiel commenced the event with a few wonderful words about the uniqueness of our community. GPSA President Jason Kopp then read the proposed 2009 Ceremonial Resolution Linda O'Brien had drafted declaring August 13, 2009 Live-Aboard Boater Day in the District of Columbia. Senator Strauss spoke about the need to advocate for the rights of live-aboard boaters. Currently, he stated, live-aboard boaters are treated as second class citizens. While DC law mandates specific rights be conferred upon renters, these laws do not apply to live-aboard boaters, making their existence in our Nation's Capital much more tenuous. Next, ANC 6D Commissioner David Sobelsohn spoke about the the live-aboard community's value to ANC 6D, and the Commission's commitment to maintaining the live-aboard community's presence here. Afterwards, the 70 people in attendance enjoyed wonderful weather, excellent food, and the warm company of their neighbors and friends throughout the rest of the evening.


Please read Meg Brinckman's info below about supporting local schools:



The Fourth Street Neighbors will once again participate in the collection of school supplies needed by students in our SW community. Our efforts will be used to buy the backpacks and school supplies recommended by Amidon-Bowen (Elementary) and Jefferson (Middle) High Technology Campuses, the two public schools located here.

ANC6D has made a generous contribution of $2,700 to support this school supply effort for our ANC6D school children to assure they are ready from day one to learn.

Boxes will be placed in the public areas of each of the residences along 4th Street (M to P) for contributions. They will be collected weekly until August 19th for the main distribution but items can still be dropped off until the end of the month. Distribution will again be handled by the Resident Council Group composed of the elected Resident Councils for each of our DC Housing Authority facilities. They are distributing an application to families living in ANC6D with students in public, charter, or private schools for a back pack stocked with most needed supplies on a first come-first serve basis. The supplies will be distributed before school starts August 24th.


#2 pencils

Crayons (16 count or 24 count)

Yellow highlighter

Set of washable colored markers

Set of colored pencils (12 count)

Large pink erasers

Glue sticks

Blunt tip scissors


Marble cover composition books

Pocket folders

Pack of wide loose-leaf paper-wide ruled

Pack of 3”x5” index cards

Pack of post-it notes

12-inch ruler

Pencil box

Box of tissues

Middle School

#2 pencils

3” Loose–leaf binder

Pack of lined loose-leaf paper-wide ruled

Pink erasers

Pocket folders

Set of colored pencils (12 or 16 count)

Set of washable colored markers

Set of colored pencils (12 or 16 count)

Marble cover composition books

Headphones (for use with computers)


If you wish to make a donation by check, make it out to “SWNA 2009 School Supply Fund” and mail it directly to SWNA, P.O. Box 70131, Washington DC, 20024 or take it in the Harbour Square Gatehouse addressed to Meg Brinckman, N601. Our civic group, Southwest Neighborhood Assembly, SWNA, is recognized by the IRS as a 501©3 organization. You will receive a letter acknowledging your contribution. If you wish to take a tax deduction for the items you donate, please contact Meg at 202-554-2259 or to arrange for a tax letter.

Thank you for supporting our SW students!

Meg Brinckman, Coordinator, 2009 School Supply Drive

Forth Street Neighborhood Group

Aug 10, 2009

Live-Aboard Boater Day

Remember that this Thursday, August 13, 2009 we will be celebrating Live-Aboard Boater Day at the Gangplank Marina Event Barge with a community potluck barbecue. The festivities will begin at 7:00pm. Hopefully we will see you there. Please see the flier below for additional information.

Jul 30, 2009

Apartment Barge?

Seriously, who wouldn't want to live in a floating apartment? Click here to read more about the Citadel, Europe's first floating apartment complex.

Jul 19, 2009

Zanzibar nightclub liquor license suspension

I know many folks were wondering about what had happened to Zanzibar. A patron was stabbed in the torso there earlier in the summer. The club has remained closed since then due to a suspeneded liquor license. On July 13 ABRA had a special meeting to extend the suspension of Zanzibar's nightclub liquor license until the club meets two conditions that Chief Lanier had requested:

(1) installing a new state of the art with camera system with at least 32 cameras that record and contain infrared capabilities and (2) work out a reimbursable detail plan with MPD for the nights they are open that follows or exceeds MPD's reimbursable detail requirements. The onus is on Zanzibar 's to meet these two conditions and only upon the satisfaction of the Agency, will the suspension be lifted. I’ll notify you when that happens. The Board also ordered the matter to OAG for a Show Cause hearing in the near future. Additional penalties may result from that action. [from ABRA email]

Jul 11, 2009

If you haven't checked it out yet, be sure to take a look at when you get a chance. There is tons of great, easily accesible information. And even better yet, take a look at DC's Data Catalogue. You can follow crime report feeds, view info on current construction projects, and search for public space permits. And those are only a few of the many data feeds available.

If you have a little techincal know-how, you can take this info and make some great mash-ups. One example is Stumble Safely from Apps for Democracy. I'm sure that the idea behind making this data more easily accesible wasn't just to find the "safest" way home from the bar, so be sure to share your ideas with others regarding how we can better use this info to benefit everyone in the District!

Jun 23, 2009

Visit from ANC 6D Rep

Our local ANC 6D representative, Jane Jorgensen, will be visiting the marina this Thursday, June 25. Jane has expressed interest in getting to know her constituents at the marina better, so we proposed that she come for a visit during one of our Thursday barbecues on the event barge. POWYC is organizing the barbecue, which will start around 6-6:30pm.


So, GPSA is embracing Twitter. I always suspected the service may be useful for something! You'll notice a Twitter feed on the right-hand side of the page. If you use Twitter, you can also follow our feed by searching for GPSADC. Hopefully, this will serve as an easy way to quickly distrbute info regarding local issues. Please share your thoughts with us regarding this decision.

Jun 12, 2009

Troast in DC!

Hello Everyone,

Jon Troast played a small concert last night on the event barge, and it was a blast. Click here for a podcast from the concert. Also, click on this link to go to Jon's website and see his blog entry about his experience with the liveaboard community.

Thanks too all who came out to enjoy the music.

Our best wishes continue to go to out Mr. Pray and his family. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

May 18, 2009

Post Article on the Blessing of the Fleet

The Post did a great article on the Annual Blessing of the Fleet in today's Metro Section. You can read the article here. Pictures will follow shortly.

May 13, 2009

Bike to Work Day

Please don't forget about Bike to Work Day! This is a wonderful event organized by WAMA, encouraging commuting by bike in the DC area. You can register here.

New Restaurant in SW

Check out this post on the SWDC blog about a new restaurant opening in SW. The restaurant is called Lapidus and is located at Capitol Skyline Hotel at S. Capitol and I Street.

May 7, 2009

The Economic Stimulus Package: A Significant Step Towards a Sustainable Economy and Nation?

The Ward 6 Democrats Cordially Invite You to Attend

"The Economic Stimulus Package: A Significant Step Towards a
Sustainable Economy and Nation?"
A Forum

-How will D.C. use its share of the stimulus package to grow the green
economy and marketplace?
-Can D.C. become a hub of green jobs and opportunities?

Special Guests

Mr. Irv Sheffey, Environmental Justice Organizer, Sierra Club
Mr. Howard Ways, Special Assistant, D.C. Office of Planning

Tuesday, May 19, 2009
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Southeast Public Library
403 7th Street SE at D Street, SE
(Eastern Market Metro)

Light refreshments To Be Provided!

** Be heard! At this meeting, we値l vote on a resolution to support
marriage equality in the District of Columbia! **

Charles Allen, President
Betty Pierce, 1st Vice President
Deleon Ware, 2nd Vice President
Chuck Burger, 3rd Vice President
Ray Williams, Treasurer
Jesse B Rauch, Corresponding Secretary
Pat Bennett, Historian

For More Information, Contact Jesse B Rauch at

Charles Allen
President, Ward 6 Democrats

c/o Jesse B Rauch, Corresponding Secretary

Apr 30, 2009

The Coast Guard Auxiliary will be available for Safety Checks May 16th

Per the marina's announcement:

The Coast Guard Auxiliary will be available for Safety Checks May 16th 9am to 1 pm.

Appointment times are as follows:





1200-1215 LUNCH


As you know the safety check is free. Those that pass get a decal for their boat which may save being boarded by the police or Coast Guard. If they fail we don't report the results and will give them a recheck on request. Usually lights burned out, or flares past the expiration date cause problems.

Ask everyone who signs up to take a look at It shows what will be covered in the safety check. If they lay out the gear on a bunk it will make everything go fast.

14th Street Bridge Rehabilitation

14th Street Bridge Rehabilitation

Starting April 30, a two-year rehabilitation of the 14th Street Bridges will begin. The job involves major repairs to the northbound bridge and minor repairs to the southbound bridge (no work will occur on the HOV bridge).

The work with the greatest impact on the public is repairs to the deck of the northbound bridge. While four lanes will be maintained during morning commuting periods, resurfacing the deck during the next year is anticipated to impose significant delays on northbound morning commuters.

See the DDOT page for more information.

Apr 7, 2009

GPSA Potomac River Watershed Cleanup Photos

Thanks to everyone who participated for all of your help! Click on the album cover below to view photos from the clean up.

GPSA Clean Up

Mar 26, 2009

The Live Aboard Community

Be sure to check out Max Skolnik's Article, "South by West" in the March Hill Rag:

He includes some wonderful quotes describing the live aboard community such as the following:

"More powerful is the camaraderie of the boating community. Live aboards are rather democratic, less concerned about careers than septic lines and bowsprits. Neighbors can be grocery clerks or senators, but conversations invariably return to matters aquatic. Decks are like old-fashioned stoops, and boaters find numerous opportunities to socialize."

Be sure to read the whole article and share it with your friends!

Mar 25, 2009

GPSA Potomac River Watershed Cleanup

Gangplank Slipholders Association (GPSA) has registered with the Alice Ferguson Foundation to assist with the 21st Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup. Please join us on April 4, 2009 from 10:00am to noon. We will meet at the North end of the Southwest Seafood Market at 1100 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024. Parking is available on the street on Maine Ave before the Seafood Market. The seafood market is a moderate to long walking distance from L'Enfant Plaza or Waterfront metro stops.

This cleanup is extremely important to us. The Southwest Waterfront is our neighborhood! GPSA is a group of silpholders that live and recreate in the Gangplank Marina. Since many of us live on our boats, we are especially concerned with our impact on the environment. We are also particularly in tune with the current conditions of the Southwest Waterfront. One area in dire need of a cleanup is located between the Seafood Market and the 14th Street Bridge. Please join us on April 4, 2009, and help us keep your DC Waterfront beautiful!

Mar 23, 2009

Washington Whispers by Paul Bedard Washington Under Attack? No, It's Just a TV Show

In case you are interested in watching some mild pyrotechnics below the Key Bridge on Wednesday.


Elinor Bacon (Hoffman‐Struever Waterfront LLC), is organizing a clean-up on the SW Waterfront from 3:30-5:30pm this Friday, March 27. Meet at the Spirit Cruises Pier. The clean-up will be followed by "Cheer" at Cantina Marina. The contact is Elinor Bacon (, 202‐244‐3696).

SWNA Annual Meeting on March 23

All Southwest residents are invited to attend the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly’s (SWNA) Annual Meeting at 7:30pm on March 23, 2009. We will kick off this year’s meeting with a speech from one of SWNA’s founders, Neal Peirce, who will discuss his experiences creating one of the District’s first racially integrated organizations. Next we will welcome Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells to swear in the Assembly’s newly elected Board Members, and we will round out the meeting with reports from SWNA’s various committees and task forces. The meeting will be held in the sanctuary of St. Augustine’s Church (6th St & M St SW), and refreshments will be provided.

Mar 8, 2009

New Approvals for SE Waterfront Projects

See one of the most recent DCMud blog posts here regarding progress on two SE waterfront projects: Akridge's at half street Phase II at the "Yard's Park".

Mar 5, 2009

Vote for Engine 13 Presentations

The blog, "Southwest ... the Little Quadrant the Could", is taking a poll on the various presentations for the Engine 13 (Squares 494 and 495). If you missed the meeting on Feb 25, they have plenty of information regarding the proposals and links to the developers websites. There have been 35 votes so far, and proposal 2 seems to be clearly ahead. What do you think about the new proposals?

Feb 19, 2009

Incorrect Date for Fire House Replacement Project

Commissioner Jorgenson recently stated that her last announcement regarding the public meeting for input on the Fire House Replacement project was incorrect. The meeting is scheduled for FEB 25, 2009 at 6:30pm at 800 Water St. SW. Feb 25 is next Wed., so please mark your calendars!

Feb 17, 2009

Feb 17 updates

We are jumping into the Web 2.0 mix ... we have (drum roll please) ... a website! Check it out:

It isn't perfect (I am not a programmer), but it has a lot of neat features, and we can easily add more. Besides posting info, it has links to important websites, updated feeds from many SW blogs, a calendar that I will be updating with all local community events, and a spot where you can sign up for email updates (in the lower, right-hand corner). I will continue sending emails via this list for the meantime, but try signing up on the website and let me know what you think. You can leave comments on any of the posts, so I'd love to hear from you.

For those of you that use Facebook, I've also created a Facebook group for GPSA as well. Let me know if you have any problems locating it.

Some important topics were covered in last week's ANC 6D meeting, so I've posted Commissioner Jorgensen's notes below. Please take note of the presentation the Deputy Mayor's Office of Economic Development will host on Wed, March 25 at 6:30pm in the former H2O building. They want public input on the plans to replace the Fire House on E St SW.

Today, Tommy Wells will introduce the Anacostia River Cleanup and Protection Act of 2009. Check out his website ( or This is an important initiative for the health of all of our local waterways.

Jim Thrift announced the following: The official DC Cherry Blossom festival is from 3/29 to 4/11 with the big parade on 4/4 and the waterfront activities on 4/11 with the tent, exhibits, and visitors at the gangplank/waterfront area. FYI 4/11 is also Easter weekend.

The next PSA (Police Service Area) 104 monthly community meeting is this Thursday, Feb 19, from 7-8:30pm in the River Park Community Room, at 1301 Delaware Avenue, SW.

Last but not least, the March Southwester is available (

Here are Commissioner Jorgensen's notes from the last ANC 6D meeting.

Sent: 2/11/2009 6:40:50 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: ANC6D01 News
To members of the ANC6D01 community:
At Monday nights' ANC meeting:
1. MPD received approval for some existing parking spaces at the Bowen School which is being renovated into the new Ist District Headquarters. The new headquarters will include a community meeting room with microphones and a screen for presentations. Thanks to Commissioner Ron McBee for working hard to make this happen.
2. Phase II of the waterfront park at the Yards was approved. This includes a sculpture and three buildings for restaurants and retail. You can find a picture of the park on
3. A new community benefits agreement with the Corcoran Art School was approved, including art school scholarships, neighborhood arts projects and a SW Arts Festival. Thanks to Commissioners David Sobelsohn and Ron McBee for negotiating these benefits.
Also, on Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30pm in the former H2O, 800 Water St, the Deputy Mayor's Office of Economic Development will host a presentation of the three proposals they are considering for the replacement of the Fire House on E ST SW. There are two lots to be developed: the one that has the fire house now as well as the parking lot at E and 4th ST SW. They really want community input so please come and make your wishes and concerns known.
Jane Jorgensen, Commissioner

Feb 14, 2009

Interview with Architects for PN-Hoffman Waterfront Development Project

Check out this interview from DCmud with Sean O'Donnell and Matthew Bell of Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects, the firm contracted by PN-Hoffman to design their development of the Southwest Waterfront.

Feb 6, 2009


First, a big welcome to new GPSA members! We value your desire to become more involved in the community. GPSA depends on your support.

As you most likely saw in a recent management email, GPSA negotiated with marina management last weekend to post the list of contractors that "may be eligible" to work in the marina on the Gangplank website ( and click on "Contractor List" on the left-hand side of the website). We are very happy about the posting as it increases transparency and makes accessing the list simpler for anyone with Internet access.

We have put together some notes (see attachment) from Tuesday's meeting with Nina and J. Let me know if anything should be corrected or added. Don't forget to fill out the customer service survey when you have a moment:

John, Jim, and I will be putting our heads together soon to set a date and time for the Spring GPSA meeting. In the meantime, please continue to brainstorm regarding community issues that you feel are important for GPSA to address.

The SW Safety Walkers will be holding a special Community Peace Walk on Valentine's Day. We really appreciate this local, community policing effort, so please support them if you are available. They will meet on Saturday, Feb 14 at 3:00pm at Potomac Place Tower at 800 4th St., SW.

Those are all the announcements I have for the moment.

Have a great weekend everyone.