Treasure Island Access Threatened!
Two days ago JK bought to our attention a possible water access problem at TI for 2007.
Jim McGrath, who also had been unaware of this issue, has stepped up to the plate, and has been dealing with this issue for the last 48 hours.
This is the gist of what the Navy intends to do during 2007:
The Navy needs to do remediation work to the soil and paint in the housing area just west and south of the TI launch site - this is a good thing the work needs to be done. BUT apparently they want to use the parking area for staging and soil storage, which would eliminate parking, and possible fence the access. Yesterday Peter Thorner spoke to the Treasure Island Board, and they strongly urged the Navy to work something out before the end of this month.
SO WE NOW NEED YOUR HELP!
"I am a windsurfer that frequently uses Treasure Island to launch, and I just found out that the Navy is planning to close the popular launch that I use. There are numerous State and Federal laws and policies that encourage public access to be preserved, and it is not clear that the Navy has taken these laws into consideration. While we support the clean-up of contaminants and transfer of the base to the City of San Francisco, we urge you to complete that project in a manner that maintains our access to the bay. The parking and launch site at Treasure Island only occupies about an acre, and I think that the Navy can preserve this area for public use while completing the remediation project."
Mail should be sent to:
Copies should be sent to:
Jack Sylvan, Jack.Sylvan@sfgov.org
Loraine Lee, Community Liaison, The Villages at Treasure Island, firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Summerville, Assistant to the Director of Island Operations, Webmaster, Peter.Summerville@sfgov.org Tel: 415 274 0665
Mirian Saez, Director of Island Operations, Office of the City Administrator, Mirian.Saez@sfgov.org Tel: 415 274 0660
And please let Jim have copies of your mail so that he knows how much support there is. Jim can be reached at:
We would welcome comments from any of you.
We will keep you updated with the situation.
We have also been sent the following links for you to check out:
The same person who found these links also has a PowerPoint presentation from the Navy that details the project. Contact us off list if you wish the person's e-mail address.