In costume, high heels off on the yacht

City officials boarded a yacht at Delta Marine Sales & Service, on the Stockton Deep Water Channel, and cruised this afternoon to Stockton Marina, where there was a ribbon-cutting to celebrate its opening.

The officials met first in the parking lot of the Children’s Museum of Stockton. It is the day before Halloween, and Mayor Ann Johnston was wearing a commodore’s hat (“I’m a commodore,” she later said) and talking with retired San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge James Darrah, who was not in costume:

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Nor were any of the City Council members dressed up. Not Councilwoman Susan Eggman (left) or Vice Mayor Kathy Miller (both said, however, that they were wearing nautical colors):

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Not Councilwoman Diana Lowery or Councilman Dale Fritchen:

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Not Councilman Elbert Holman Jr.:

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Police Chief Blair Ulring came with his wife, Lisa:

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Deputy City Manager Laurie Montes was in costume:

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So was the Second Floor’s Florence Low:

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Once on the boat, a 65-foot motor yacht, the women surrendered high heels (The dignitaries were on the bow, and staff did not want them to fall):

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Waiting for them at the marina was Connie Cochran, a pirate in a fashionable hat:

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The city’s deputy director of economic development, Greg Folsom, was a game show host, and Karen Costa, the city manager’s assistant, was a pirate:

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City Clerk Katherine Gong Meissner was a space cadet:

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In the audience when the ceremony started were City Manager Steve Pinkerton (left) former acting Redevelopment Director Paul Blumberg (center) and retired marina project manager Jerry Scharlin:

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Revitalization Director Dave Harzoff was master of ceremonies:

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After several speakers, the officials cut a ribbon and the ceremony was done:

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