Yacht club receives new 47-year lease

The St. Francis Yacht Club will enjoy its prime city-owned spot by the Bay for another 47 years despite criticism that the lease approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors couldleave the public high and dry.

The lease increases the St. Francis Yacht Club’s rent by 137.7 percent, bringing the annual rent to $200,134. On top of the rent increase, the club will pay $1.2 million for harbor repairs.

The Board of Supervisors approved the lease in a 6-4 vote, although Supervisor Jake McGoldrick blasted the deal and requested a delay to hash out details of programs that would be offered to nonmembers, including disadvantaged youth.

“I am hearing the vaguest of vagaries,” McGoldrick said. “I don’t know how I can vote for something for 47 years when I’ve got the vaguest possible, most general descriptions before me.”

Details of the programs would be worked out by the club and The City’s Recreation and Park Department, according to the lease.

“This did not sail through the committee and just land in your lap,” said Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, whose district includes the yacht club. “It’s a very good deal for The City or I would not be putting it before you.”

The club, located on 1.4 acres of city land at the San Francisco Marina West Harbor near the intersection of Marina Boulevard and Fillmore Street, has about 2,300 members.

IN OTHER ACTION

LEE OK’D FOR PLANNING: Mayor Gavin Newsom’s appointment to the Planning Commission, William Lee, was approved in a 7-2 vote, with Supervisors Tom Ammiano and Aaron Peskin in opposition. Peskin criticized Newsom for appointing someone to the commission whom he had removed from the City Administrator post in 2005.

STYROFOAM BAN: Restaurants will no longer be able to use foam or polystyrene containers beginning June 1. The board voted 10-0 in support of prohibiting the food service industry from using the nonbiodegradable material.

POT ENFORCEMENT: In a 7-3 vote, the board approved legislation drafted by Supervisor Tom Ammiano that officially makes marijuana the lowest law enforcement priority.

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