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Petitioning Mayor of San Francisco Edwin Lee and 1 other

City and Port of San Francisco: Save the Icebreaker Innovation Community Space in San Francisco!


For over a decade, the MV Maritol, nicknamed "The Icebreaker," has been docked at a Mission Bay pier in a berth rented from the Port of San Francisco. Over the last two years, a unique community of entrepreneurs, innovators, and thought leaders has grown up around the Icebreaker. But now that community— and the culture of innovation that makes San Francisco great— is at risk of being destroyed. 
The Icebreaker is a community space unlike any other in San Fransisco— an Icelandic cargo ship reimagined by a local architect. We've built a unique workspace where startups contributing hundreds of millions of dollars to the city's economy have been started or accelerated, including my company WhatWeOrder.com. My co-founder and I found investors, advisors, and some of our first customers through the Icebreaker community. As you can see in the video above, my startup is definitely not alone. Places like the Icebreaker are symbol of— and the reason why— San Francisco is a global leader in innovation.
Unfortunately, the Port of San Francisco has told The Icebreaker they will not renew our lease after October 31st, 2013— destroying the vibrant community that has been built in this space. But Mayor Ed Lee and Port of San Francisco Executive Director Monique Moyer have the power to preserve this community of leaders and innovators by renewing The Icebreaker’s lease at Pier 50 or a different berth at one of their many other piers.
It’s critical to keep the ship, along with the innovation and collaboration it fosters, here in San Francisco. With enough signers to our petition, our public servants will have to listen and work with the The Icebreaker community members to keep it, and its contributions to the city's culture and economy, in San Francisco. 
Please join us in helping innovation thrive in San Francisco!
Letter to
Mayor of San Francisco Edwin Lee
Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco Monique Moyer
For over a decade, the MV Maritol, "The Icebreaker," has been docked at Mission Bay in a berth rented from the Port of San Francisco.

Over the last two years, a community of entrepreneurs and other innovators has grown around the Icebreaker. The owners have poured their time and money into improving the ship and have turned it into a unique workspace and place for community gatherings. The Icebreaker community has brought together innovators from across the globe.

Startups contributing hundreds of millions of dollars to the city's economy have been started or accelerated on this ship.

Unfortunately, as it stands, the Port of San Francisco has informed the Maritol/Icebreaker that she must vacate her berth by October 31st, even though there are no other tenants interested in that space.

The owners and community members would like to keep the ship in the city, and keep the sharing of ideas and collaboration here, in San Francisco, where it belongs. One solution is for the Port of San Francisco to renew the Maritol's lease at Pier 50. Another solution is for the Port to lease a different berth to the Maritol at one of their many other piers.

Please find a way to keep the the Maritol/Icebreaker and its contributions to the city's culture and economy in San Francisco.