SFBA Newsletter mid season report July 2017

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SFBA Newsletter mid season report July 2017

Postby Tony Soprano » Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:51 am

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Re: SFBA Newsletter mid season report July 2017

Postby BayAreaKite » Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:42 am

Hey everyone, this is a really important announcement that may have been overlooked. 3rd Ave is disappearing, and SFBA can help!

Calling all kiters! Do you use the 3rd Avenue Upper Launch?
We need your support!... help us to help you!

Over the past 15 years the 3rd Avenue Upper Launch has lost more than 90% of its original size due to various forms of erosion. Less than a decade ago this site could host 50+ kiters safely, but ongoing erosion has left the beach with space for only about a dozen kiters and only then because kiters are setting up right next to the rocky shoreline. Further erosion of the area will continue to limit space for launching and could eventually force kiters to the more hazardous lower launch or to other sites entirely. At the present rate, if nothing is done, it appears there will be no safe, dry upper launch by 2020.

SFBA is working to ensure that the 3rd Avenue Upper Launch continues to serve as a world-class kiteboarding destination. We have been in discussions with the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail, regulatory agencies, and coastal engineering experts to develop a project to address the rapidly eroding beach and improve access, while protecting kiter safety and nearby sensitive habitats.

Since it is the Bay Area, there is an extensive (and expensive) study, design, and permitting process that will need to occur prior to constructing this project and protecting the beach. We are now at a point where we need seed money for the preliminary studies that will allow us to design the best project to protect and enhance access at the 3rd Avenue Upper Launch. We will be seeking grants and other sources of funding, but support from the kiting community is critical in showing grantors and local officials that continued access at this site is a priority to kiters.

We are seeking to raise $$$ for the preliminary studies. we are going to set up a funding site for this with exact goal and target date. Please email us at info@sfba.org if you are interested in contributing to the fund and how much your contribution would be. Title your email "3rd Avenue Upper Launch Erosion Mitigation Fund Contribution". In the meantime Thank you for your support!

If you are interested in learning more about the issues at 3rd Avenue Upper Launch, Jack Hodges has developed an excellent video describing the situation. Click the button below to see the video
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