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BCDC Considers America’s Cup Mega Yachts Revised Plans on November 3rd

According to the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission’s (BCDC) Tentative Agenda for their November 3rd, 1 p.m. meeting at The Port of San Francisco Board Room on the 2nd Floor of the Ferry Building, the Commission will consider (item 8 ) initiating a change to their Special Area Plan to allow for the temporary berthing of mega yachts in both the Rincon Point Open Water Basin (just north of the Bay Bridge) and the Brannan Street Wharf Open Water Basin (just south of the Bay Bridge).

The fabulous news is that the America’s Cup folks and the Mayor’s Office heard the concerns of John King (San Francisco Chronicle writer who brought this issue to our attention on August 22nd), waterfront residents, environmentalists, open space advocates, and the BCDC themselves about utilizing the entire Rincon Point Open Water Basin for a wall of the 40′ wide, 100′-250′ long, and 40′ or so tall mini-cruise ships, and they announced a scaled back plan on Friday afternoon so that the arc of Rincon Point Park will not lose the Bay views that make it so special. It is one of the few points of privacy in one of the very few public parks anywhere near the most densely populated neighborhoods west of Chicago, and it would be awful to lose the open water that capture the attention and imagination of thousands of residents, workers, and visitors every day.

I believe most of us can live with just the revised proposal. However, it is still important that neighbors who do not want to see a permanent boat marina built in the Rincon Point Open Water Basin following the 2013 America’s Cup events show up at the November 3rd afternoon BCDC meeting and let the Commission know that they need to make the modifications to the Special Area Plan carefully so that any permanent marina would be illegal following the America’s Cup event on the north side of the Bay Bridge.

At the same November 3rd meeting, Item Number 9 considers the Brannan Street Wharf park project that has taken The Port of San Francisco 12 years and counting to just get to the point of maybe demolishing the remnants that haven’t already fallen into the Bay of Piers 34 and 36. Talk about not knowing how to get things done… sheesh.

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