"Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of an empty slip.
Or in the case of Marina del Rey, more than 200 of them.
In good times, there was a two-year waiting list for spaces and small boaters complained that they were being pushed out by bigger boats. But as of February, Los Angeles County officials said, the number of boat slip vacancies at Marina del Rey had nearly doubled to 259, compared with 133 a year earlier.
Most of the 4,700 available slips are for pleasure boats under 35 feet long, say harbor officials and business owners."