That plant that's growing along the dock at the turning basin is very likely Atriplex Triangularis, common name Spearscale or fat-hen. The leaf at least is identical; but in photos of Triangularis I don't see the round yellow flower I noticed on the plants downtown. The field guide is here: http://www.spartina.org/project_documents/field_guide_tide_plants_low-res_200703.pdf (PDF file). It's edible; the author recommends it be cooked as a potherb without salt (as it already is salty).
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