Marina incorporated as a city in November of 1975 when voters approved the new city by a wide margin and Monterey County's newest city was born. Today, Marina is known as the "Gateway to the Monterey Peninsula."
There are two harbors and three airports within 10 miles of Marina, including the newly acquired Marina Municipal Airport (formerly Fritzsche Field). For some air time in the sky, Skydive Monterey Bay at the Marina Airport offers the latest state-of-the-art training skydiving programs. In addition, the area offers sail plane rides, helicopter rides, and hot air balloon rides.
The area known today as Marina was once owned by David Jacks and James Bardin, who owned much of the acreage that now constitutes the Monterey Peninsula in the mid-1800s. After Bardin passed away, his heirs sold much of the land to John Armstrong for farming and grazing and others purchased tracts for future development. In the early 1900s the area was designated as "Bardin", then "Locke-Paddon Colonies", then "Paddonville", and finally by 1918, the land was renamed "Marina". It was at about this time that Southern Pacific Railroad, who had laid tracks through the area was convinced by the then owner, William Locke-Paddon, to make a flag stop for Locke's customers coming from San Francisco. It was his decision to change the name of the area to Marina.
As the land was developed, areas were set aside for a school, church and other necessities of an organized city. William Locke-Paddon (1876-1972), is considered the father of Marina, and some of his relatives still live in the region. As with the rest of the Peninsula, Marina witnessed a tremendous amount of growth and development during these years - schools, churches, businesses, our Community Center and residential homes. The area has changed from a quiet rural area into a busy prosperous community.
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