A recent article in the Daily Journal described the demise of the Fish Market Restaurant along the water in San Mateo to be replaced by 74 high-priced townhouses and now it’s the Mariners Point Golf Course that’s being proposed.

And for what?

More dense high-priced housing that really does not relieve the housing situation, adds more traffic, parking and infrastructure problems, less recreational space and eliminates one of the few pleasures some have, especially during the pandemic. But what it really does is negatively impact our quality of life and it’s just the start. Santa Clara golf course was recently closed for redevelopment. And a few years ago, Poplar Creek in San Mateo was talked about as a possibility by the then San Mateo City Council. What’s next for redevelopment? Might be soccer and baseball fields, tennis and basketball courts, ice rinks, bowling, etc.

Some of this is being driven by state and developer extreme pressure for new housing as well as dense multiunit housing in single-family neighborhoods. It’s all out of balance with poor urban planning.

If you are a sports enthusiast regardless of the sport, you can appreciate the plight of golfers these days as property values rise. Please contact the Foster City Council and voice your opinion or someday you may lose the sport you love to play. And, if you live outside Foster City, also have your mayor weigh in on the subject.

Gary Isoardi

San Mateo

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(1) comment

Terence Y

Mr. Isoardi - thanks for the letter. Demolishing the Fish Market and building a multi-story mixed-use building wouldn’t be so bad if they allowed the Fish Market to use the bottom floor to remain a Fish Market (with very good filtration). However, I don’t know of too many 9-hole golf courses you can play indoors. Simulators don’t count – you can’t simulate the feeling when someone yells “Fore!” and hear, and see, a golf ball whizzing by your head. BTW, didn’t you suggest converting office buildings into housing? That’s a great idea. Who wouldn’t want to live in one of the Oracle towers off 101? Sure, you take on a risk similar to the Miami condo that recently fell down, but the Oracle towers have made it through a few earthquakes and aren’t sinking and leaning like the Millennium Tower in SF.

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