After years of using this Website for boasting and bragging about the new and wonderful Marina Center to come. Robin P. Arkley has quietly shut it down. Click on the link now, and you are directed to Security National Master Holding Co. LLC
Some time line highlights & lowlights;
2001 The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board issues an order claiming that pollution at the Balloon Track may pose a threat to Humboldt Bay water quality.
2003 The Headwaters Fund Board approves a $45,000 grant to the City of Eureka for a comprehensive study that would look at all available options for Balloon Track development, with the aim of establishing a “master plan” for the site.
2004 With very little warning a majority of the City Council votes to send the Headwaters Grant money back to the county and abandon its plan to develop a master plan for the Balloon Track. Later, several council members admit the Arkleys were interested in the parcel and did not want the master plan process to proceed.
2005 A local group called Citizens for Real Economic Growth (CREG) is formed to try and work with government agencies to get Union Pacific to clean up the site. Hosting a series of public workshops called “Imagine the Possibilities” they explored what could happen on a cleaned up, publicly zone property.
2005 Humboldt Baykeeper paid for testing of the site and established that it would need extensive clean up. Baykeeper files lawsuit against Union Pacific claiming Clean Water Act violations.
2006 Robin Arkley arrogantly ignores the Public’s wishes for the site and warnings form Baykeeper of the cost and extent of toxic cleanup needed. Using a shell corporation named CUE VI he purchases the Balloon Track anyway.
DEIR is finally released in 2008
2009 marina center goes before coastal commission
Arkley, through Pacific Legal Foundation, sues over Costal Commission jurisdiction. They lost.
EIR final is release in 2010; EPIC and Baykeeper sue over CEQA compliance. Case is in limbo
Arkley and his developer allies form a consortium to fund Measure N and defeat any candidate that doesn’t favor unmitigated development.
This brought an election sweep by pro Marina Center Candidates, lots of boasts and promises, then lots of silence.
To date there has been no effort to clean up the site, which still leaching into the Bay. Unpaid bills remain to State and local agencies. No attempt has been made to satisfy the Coastal commission.