SF Fast-Tracks Environmental Review of America’s Cup Yacht Race

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Environmentalists and San Francisco neighborhood groups said they will ask for more time to review how the city plans to minimize the effects boats and crowds will bring when spectators come to watch the America’s Cup yacht race.

Deb Self of San Francisco Baykeeper said the environmental impact report up for approval before the Planning Commission on Thursday does properly spell out the effects of the regatta.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

It’s how the city will deal with the aftermath that has Baykeeper and about 30 neighborhood groups concerned.

“We just need the chance to really understand what the city is committing to,” Self said. “After we have a chance to analyze it, we can give a thumbs up, I hope.”

Because the preliminary races are next summer and staging preparations have to begin soon, the city fast tracked the environmental review process.

Questions about water pollution and traffic congestion that came up as the 1,612-page environmental impact report was assembled have already altered the city’s plans for the waterfront.

“Things are looking pretty good. The devil’s in the details,” Self said, such as how shoreline habitats will be protected when thousands trample over the sand at Crissy Field.

Self said Baykeeper was not trying to derail America’s Cup at all.

“We just want to make sure there’s a positive legacy for the exciting races that are coming our way,” she said.

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