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Advocacy & Projects

What we do:

Bring suggestions, recommendations and insight from the tenant’s perspective to the City and its Marina staff for consideration and action to improve and preserve the Des Moines Marina.​

DMMA believes Marina tenants are uniquely positioned to offer insight and opinions on the Marina, its operations and its future redevelopment plans and projects. The results desired is to help ensure the current and future Des Moines Marina is successful for both the City and PNW boaters who are permanent tenants or visiting the marina as a destination.


We recognize, all tenants are not members of DMMA and understand that the association cannot possibly convey the diverse opinion of the hundreds of tenants in the marina.  As an association, we are committed to reaching out to our members and all other tenants to help us develop the best information and insight for our input to the City regarding marina operations and its future plans for development. While DMMA will continue to do so, it is also essential that individual tenants stay informed on these topics and participate in City’s public review and comment processes when made available. 


We believe DMMA can help you stay in touch and would appreciate your support.  (See member application.)



Focus Areas:

  • Identification of marina maintenance needs/concerns for actions

  • Security and public safety measures (parking lot and docks)

  • Support to public events and activities (Farmer’s Market, fireworks display, Beach Park activities, etc.)

  • Provide tenant recommendations and insight regarding the Marina redevelopment project



Recent Comments & Recommendations:

  • Comments regarding March 10 City Council Presentation – Marina Enterprise

  • Comments regarding City Council motion enabling City Manager authority to set moorage rates

  • Comments Regarding Draft Marina Master Plan


(Past DMMA comments can be found here)


Projects & Actions:

  • DMMA Website Improvement Project – Underway with completion in October 2022



Past Accomplishments & Actions:

  • Engaged with the City on the 2015 and 2016 budgets to reduce the amount of funds being transferred from the Marina to the general fund account 

  • Advocated for restoration of financial reserves and establishment of Dock Replacement Fund in the 2017 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)

  • Restored financial reserves (accomplished 2016)

  • Provided visibility of the Association and its objectives with the Marina staff and City officials​

  • Established contact plans with the Marina staff, City Council meetings, and individual City Council members to advocate for development of specific Marina plans and funding

  • Communicated relevant information to Marina tenants and other stakeholders with an interest in assuring the future success of the Marina

  • Released a quarterly Dock Talk bulletin and monthly DMMA planning calendar (2015 and continuing)

  • Established a DMMA Fall General Meeting to capture insight/recommendations from the conclusion of our summer boating season (2014 and continuing)

  • Outreach to other stakeholders to become involved (yacht clubs, residential communities, businesses, etc.) (2014 and continuing)

  • Conducted Marina Stakeholder Meetings in addressing City development plans for the Marina Floor (Jan 27, 2016 and continuing)

  • Designated representative from Marina tenants appointed to the Mayor’s Citizens’ Advisory Committee (2016)

  • Engaged with Marina staff to promote actions and activities that improve operations, maintenance and welfare of the Marina, its tenants and stakeholders

  • Dock Ladder Program for safety (2013)

  • Designated parking for tenants (2014)

  • Relocation of green buoy at Marina entrance (2014)

  • Enhancement of parking signage at M and N Docks (2015)

  • Promoted flexibility in staffing during City staff furlough to support fuel dock operations (2016)

  • Provided input on implementation of paid parking (2016-2017)

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