Planning Commission gives OK to America's Cup

ABC7 checks out America's Cup event in San Diego
December 16, 2011 1:42:25 AM PST
The San Francisco Planning Commission has given the America's Cup yacht race the green light. Thursday night they unanimously approved the environmental impact report.

The public was able to comment on the plan to host the race before the commissioners voted on it. One neighborhood group says the report missed the mark, but many organizations, like the San Francisco Travel Association, urged the certification of the report because of the potential long term benefits of the city's global exposure.

"The unending value that comes from having had millions of visitors experience this city, fall in love with it and return home to tell their friends, families and coworkers," said Matt Striker from the San Francisco Travel Association.

"This report failed to consider, even just do the numbers, and consider what the volume of traffic and noise and trash might be so that if something needs to be done about it, it can be done," said Jon Golinger from Telegraph Hill Dwellers.

Despite their concerns, the Telegraph Hill Dwellers do say they're happy the race is coming to the bay. The plan for the America's Cup race now goes to the Port Commission, which will discuss it on Friday.


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