Closure forces S.F. permits for islanders

Mark Connors is like most Treasure Island residents — a barbecue, neighbors and a special permit to get into The City are all he needs this Labor Day weekend.

Connors and fellow Treasure Islanders may be more or less cut off from the East Bay until the bridge reopens Tuesday morning, but that won’t spoil their good time this holiday weekend.

“I think most people will stay on the island, to be honest,” said Connors, the founder of the island’s Good Neighbors group. “There are a number of individuals who are hosting barbecues. My partner and I have got about 20-30 neighborscoming over.”

Connors and everyone else on the island were given access permits allowing them to travel to and from The City because the construction is on the Oakland side of the bridge. The John Stewart Company, the island’s housing office, went door to door to pass out the permits to residents.

Most people on the island commute to work and do errands in The City, residents say, so being cut off from the East Bay isn’t a huge deal — especially when there is barbecuing to be done at home.

“I know I plan on going to one,” Treasure Island resident Kara Lander said. “It’ll be a nice opportunity to get together with neighbors and we can still get to San Francisco to get all the supplies.”

Residents have known about the closure for months and have been able to plan accordingly. They expect the island to be quieter than usual, figuring most visitors would shy away with the bridge closed.

“I don’t really anticipate [the bridge closure] having any effect on my day-to-day,” Lander said. “Most of what I’ve heard has been that it doesn’t seem to impact a lot of people.”

mrosenberg@examiner.com

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