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    Victory For Clipper Cove Marina Opposition



    The SF Chronicle's Dominic Fracassa Reports

    A long-running and controversial proposal to build a private marina at Clipper Cove, a stretch of calm water between Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island, appeared to suffer a setback Monday at the Board of Supervisors’ Land Use Committee.


    After extensive public comment, the committee unanimously passed a resolution affirming the city’s commitment to preserving Clipper Cove as an important public recreation space and educational area. The resolution was introduced by Supervisor Jane Kim, whose district includes Treasure Island.

    Kim’s resolution doesn’t kill the marina plan. But the tenor of the measure, with its repeated calls to preserve the cove for public use, provides a glimpse at how city lawmakers want to see it used.

    Clipper Cove is a cherished spot for sailing enthusiasts, and given its calm waters and protection from winds, it’s used extensively for sailing instruction, largely through the nonprofit Treasure Island Sailing Center.

    That’s a big reason for the public’s concerns behind the proposal to build a 313-slip private marina at Clipper Cove capable of parking boats up to 80 feet long. Critics say a marina of that size would take up about 32 percent of the cove, potentially eliminating opportunities for amateur sailors, who would otherwise be forced to head farther east, into choppier waters.

    “It’s like taking 32 percent of Golden Gate Park — and we’re supposed to be happy about that?” said Hunter Cutting, who is opposed to the marina project. He also started the organization Save Clipper Cove.

    Sailors still learning the sport are “totally dependent on the protections of the cove, with no currents,” said Paul Heineken, coach of UC Berkeley’s sailing team. Heineken was one of the many members of the public who spoke up Monday opposing the marina plan. Some called the proposal a “giant boat parking lot” for wealthy boat-owners, at the expense of the public’s ability to access the cove and its waters safely.

    The cove, Kim said, is best used, “as a space for as many members of the public as possible. The current usage ... really does provide the greatest access for so many families and youth.”

    The cove is also home to beds of eel grass, an important species for the bay’s ecosystem, which could be disrupted by the marina’s construction.

    “My preference is that we keep our commitment to public recreation and environmental protection in this public open space,” Kim said.

    For more than a decade, a venture called Treasure Island Enterprises has been seeking to develop the marina at Clipper Cove. The size of the proposed marina has changed over time, but last year, the Treasure Island Development Authority approved the 313-slip plan. The full Board of Supervisors would have to sign off any plan.

    “In each instance, we shrunk and shrunk and shrunk because we had one goal in mind as well, to make sure the sailing center’s programs could continue, and that kids would be safe,” Wallace said. “There’s no reason why we can’t continue to have a dialog so we can continue to resolve these issues.”

    The full board will take up Kim’s resolution next week.


    Dominic Fracassa is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: dfracassa@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @dominicfracassa
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    Go Board of Stupidvisors!

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    Holding things up is in their genetic dna, so it's natural, and in some cases, like this, useful.

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