CITYDOGS has submitted the following proposal to members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors:
THREATENED RECISION OF OFF-LEASH PRIVILEGES in areas given by the City of San Francisco to the GGNRA and off-leash closures of many other State and Municipal beaches make it ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT THAT SAN FRANCISCO PURSUE ANY AVAILABLE BEACH AREA FOR OFF-LEASH RECREATION.
THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO OWNS ABOUT 450 ACRES OF LAND AT SHARP PARK IN PACIFICA. This land includes 1/2 MILE OF BEACH. Few people realize that this beach belongs to San Francisco.
OWNERSHIP (PARCEL NO. 016-430-020-4):
The Pacifica City Attorney's office, the records of the San Mateo County Clerk's Office, and the 1995 County of San Mateo Aerial Survey confirm that the City of San Francisco owns a parcel at Sharp Park which includes the beach (parcel no. 016-430-020-4).
CITYDOGS RECOMMENDS THIS BEACH FOR OFF-LEASH RECREATION FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
1. SAN FRANCISCO'S SHARP PARK BEACH HAS A LONG HISTORY OF OFF-LEASH USE. The beach has only recently been posted "On-Leash Only" -- $100 to $500 fines for violations.
2. THERE IS STRONG SUPPORT FOR OFF-LEASH RECREATION AT THIS BEACH FROM THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. In fact, Pacifica's Animal Advisory Commission recently requested that the City Council designate this beach an off-leash area.
3. SF SHARP PARK IS PACIFICA'S LEAST SUITABLE BEACH FOR OTHER ACTIVITIES because it is relatively steep, the sand is dark and coarse, it is especially exposed to winds, and the surf area is dangerous. Linda Mar and Rockaway beaches in Pacifica are both more suitable and popular for other beach activities and have recently been made on-leash only.
4. NEIGHBORING SHARP PARK STATE BEACH OFFERS ON-LEASH AREAS for those who don't wish to be exposed to off-leash.
5. THE BEACH IS ONLY 10 MINUTES FROM SAN FRANCISCO and has good parking available.
6. THREATENED RECISION OF OFF-LEASH PRIVILEGES in areas given by the City of San Francisco to the GGNRA and off-leash closures of many other State and Municipal beaches make it ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT THAT SAN FRANCISCO PURSUE ANY AVAILABLE BEACH AREA FOR OFF-LEASH RECREATION.