Editor,

I care that poor urban planning may rob San Mateo and surrounding regional area of a jewel of recreation space. At the end of Third Avenue, edging the gorgeous Bay, is the Bay Trail, dog park, kids park and Mariners Point nine-hole golf course, short course practice area and driving range, open to the public. The golf course is being proposed for housing development — robbing the region of an accessible training course for kids and oldsters, whilst wiping out open vistas to the Bay, and crowding the Bay Trail with housing in an environmentally questionable area for building homes. That is wetland — flocks of water birds land on that golf course. The golf course parking lot is used by wind surfers who enjoy the access to the Bay. And — really — is that safe ground for homes? Who picks up the bill in an earthquake or when foundations fail? We need to address the housing crisis with solid urban planning.

Jo Streich

San Francisco

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(4) comments

koolong

We need to save Mariners Point golf course - it is a training ground for generations of new golfers. If Foster City wants to get community input, it needs to get community input from across the region, not just from Foster City residents. People drive from all over central San Mateo County to Mariners Point so their kids can learn golf through classes and summer camps.

Terence Y

Jo, let’s not forget about this supposed global warming thing that will raise our waters by so much that Foster City is conducting a levee project to keep the rising waters at bay. I guess Mariner’s Point is high enough and they can build an anticipated dock-to-nowhere so when the water gets high enough, there’s an added amenity they can already charge for?

aball52

There seems to be a City Council agenda already planned to sell this land first proposing to survey the area all of a sudden against that. There seems to be anyway they cannot hear from the residents even not just Foster City they won't listen. already vocally against this council more than likely already decided to sell. . The golf course is a gift to the community that F

aball52

Foster city can share this council will have no legacy I have seen the 15 acres and stillwonder who did that no one will remember this council deemed underutilized as i none left to answer what happened to that golf course..they claim public wants them to decide they have all the info very pompous and self righteous..maybe pompous self rightous not listening to citizens will be their legacy zero under utilized council.

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