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Ron Kroichick - SF Chronicle:
"The folks down at Sharp Park will mark the course’s 80th birthday with a tournament and celebration Saturday. The festivities are part of National Historic Preservation Month and will be hosted by the Pacifica Historical Society, Pacifica Chamber of Commerce, Sharp Park men’s and women’s golf clubs and the San Francisco Public Golf Alliance. The tournament, expected to draw nearly 250 golfers, will be followed at 6 p.m. by festivities, including historical observance and a silent auction in the Sharp Park Clubhouse Restaurant."
But this is San Francisco and, unsurprisingly, not everyone feels the same about the park. We will - of course - have a protest.
Camden Swita - Pacifica Patch:
The competing views got a hearing in Federal Court a few months ago when the WEBLEEDU's (Wildly Equitable Biodiverse Litigants for Ecological Extortion and Deep Untruths) failed to get a preliminary injunction to kill the course. The judges ruling:
"Experts for both sides agree that the overall Frog population has increased over the last 20 years... Neither side disputes that the number of egg masses found last winter in Sharp Park was the highest ever recorded... Plaintiffs have failed to meet their burden of showing irreparable harm to the California Red Legged Frog or the San Francisco Garter Snake absent the issuance of a preliminary injunction on defendants' activities at Sharp Park. Accordingly, the motion for a preliminary injunction is DENIED."
This is completely consistent with the testimony of Karen Swaim to the SF Board of Supervisors. Karen Swaim is a field biologist who has worked for over 20 years with the frog and snake habitat at Sharp and Mori Point. In fact she was a principal in designing, monitoring and managing the new frog ponds at neighboring Mori Point. She was even acknowledged as an expert by the WEBLEEDU's until she testified to the heretical view that the course was not harming the two endangered species. She is now apostate. She is still regarded as a local expert by all state, local, and federal agencies with an interest in survival of the species. Here is what she said:
"Golf is not what is responsible for the decline of the San Francisco garter snake... the frogs are prolific west of highway one, they are not in any trouble at all west of highway one... You need to protect the sea wall. You need to have a fresh water managed habitat currently for this species to recover it, and that is all there is to it."
If my playing partners will put up with it, look for a some live blogging of the tourney tomorrow.