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Controversial harbor threatens Marina Green view

A rendering of the new harbor. (Photo: Rec and Park Department)

Acontentious meeting about the harbor brought out a bevy of boats but no board. District 2 Supervisor Catherine Stefani recused herself from representation because her husband owns a boat in the marina. The grassroots group “Keep The Waterfront Open” collected more than 2,500 signatures opposing plans that would remove boats located at Gashouse Cove — part of the Marina Small Craft Harbor since the 1960s — so that PG&E can “decontaminate the water.” Along with removal of the wooden slips and the only public fuel dock in town, the view of bobbing masts would be gone forever.

Critics say the plan is really about the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s desire to accommodate much larger yachts, which would further restrict views from the Marina Green but would increase revenue flow to the agency, all while allowing PG&E to save millions by doing a less than adequate cleanup of its toxins under the water of the adjacent Gashouse Cove.

With Stefani abstaining, the city charter says “the privilege of the floor shall not be granted, for any purpose, to persons other than officers of the City or their duly authorized representatives. This rule shall not be suspended except by unanimous consent of all Supervisors present,” which leaves residents without representation from their elected supervisor.

At an Oct. 19 meeting, Rec and Park voted to move forward with an environmental impact review for the proposed plan, despite local opposition.

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