Alameda Point Ferry Facility Hearing - January 6th

A public hearing is scheduled for January 6, 2014 in San Francisco to take comments on the proposed facility for Bay ferries at Alameda Point.  It is the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) Design Review Board’s first hearing to determine if the project complies with guidelines for ensuring maximum public shoreline access, preserving scenic views, and enhancing the shoreline visual experience through appropriate design appearance.

Located on Hornet Avenue at Ferry Point Road near the U.S.S. Hornet on a four-acre site to be leased from the City of Alameda, the facility will service and maintain ferries owned by the Water Emergency Transit Authority (WETA) operating in the Central Bay.

Here are two additions to the ferry facility's plans that WETA and BCDC should consider:

1) Periodic public access to the building rooftop to experience the views.

2) Provide a floating anchored wildlife dock nearby for harbor seals and birds.  The harbor seals that currently use the old recreational dock will lose their haul out when construction begins.

The full story is on the Alameda Point Environmental Report.

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I've seen the seals out on the docks. I highly recommend that families take your kiddos down there to see them. Seals in Alameda! What a cool thing. There definitely needs to be some provisions made for the seals before the project even begins, otherwise they will just find somewhere else to go while the project is being built, and they may not come back.
Jack Mingo January 05, 2014 at 10:24 PM
That pod of more than a dozen harbor seals has lived there for more than a decade. It currently has six babies that are sometimes left alone as the adults go fishing, making it easy to see them in morning and late afternoon times. I hope the city confers with wildlife experts on how to minimize the impact on Alameda's seals during construction and operation.
Do the seals ever come closer to the shore? Where do they generally hang out in the water?


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