Bay Area Frets Over America's Cup

By Matt Baume
|  Sunday, May 1, 2011  |  Updated 10:10 AM PDT
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The San Francisco Bay would not be this empty if the America's Cup race comes in 2013

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There's a lot of logistics to figure out before the America's Cup finally hits in 2013, and if you've got any ideas, San Francisco would love to hear them.

Officials held a public meeting recently to discuss plans and ask citizens to help find solutions to various challenges.

At the top of many peoples' minds is the impact of the race to the environment. An environmental study is currently being rushed along at a breakneck pace, but numerous concerns have already been raised.

For example, the demolishing of piers along the edge of the city could release an invasive underwater weed, causing it to spread around the bay and choke out native flora.

At the meeting, speakers also addressed concerns that the race would get in the way of events at AT&T park, according to the Ex.

And then there's the "People Plan," than ambitious blueprint for moving the throngs across the city. That plan calls for sweeping changes to various transit lines, and possibly even the extension of the F line all the way to Fort Mason.

Although such measures will likely be expensive, the America's Cup provides a unique opportunity to pursue funding that would never otherwise have been available. Corporate sponsors are eager to attach themselves to the race.

Organizers are asking for input from the public visit www.americascup.com/sanfrancisco and send comments to americascup@sfgov.org.

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