Marina del Rey is apparently dotted with underused surface parking lots, which the county is anxious to develop. The new plan would also mean reducing the number of slips available for boats, moving them to dry-stack storage. Residents complain that both changes would mean gentrification.
Planning commissioners found an issue of their own in the goal of attracting more people and development while reducing the number of parking spots:
From the L.A. Times: "If we are going to take parking away, what are you planning on doing?" asked Commissioner Esther Valadez, who also expressed reservations about how the changes would affect small-boat owners."