Pacifica Tribune, My Turn guest column, 7/10/12. "Boosting our economy" by Paul Slavin
"I certainly wish our environment was our economy; right now, the environment's in a lot better shape, and is likely to out-perform the economy for some time to come.
|Looking south at the free fishing pier|
Linda Mar, at the south end of town, is our busiest beach by far, with a long, curving, picturesque sweep of sand and sea ending at Pedro Point. On weekends a couple of hundred surfers are bobbing around the two foot waves. They support a couple of local surf shops, plus a few surf schools, which adds something to the municipal pot. The other big winner, of course, is the Taco Bell on the beach.
|Cheap best view Taco Bell|
Heading north from Linda Mar, just past Rockaway, we come to the largest piece of undeveloped land, and the most contentious piece of real estate in Pacifica: The Quarry! But let's save that discussion for another time, shall we? Except to say that at the moment, I don't believe Pacifica is receiving any income from the property at all.
|Free downtown GGNRA Mori Point 110 acres|
From the top of Mori Point, looking north, you can usually see quite a few golfers enjoying Sharp Park. This historic seaside links course has been owned and operated by San Francisco for 80 years, but discussions are underway that would transfer control to San Mateo County. This welcome event could result in Pacifica, or at least San Mateo, realizing some revenue from the course.
|Free Golf Course Seawall path|
|No revenue 88 acre quarry|
So Pacifica cannot look to its most famous attractions for help with its depleted budget. We can try, and we certainly have been trying, to extract a few extra dollars from tourists coming here to fish or hike or surf, to sell them a meal, or a T-shirt, or a room for the night. But it's a tough sell these days.
I think we're going to have to pay our own way, with our own money. An over-abundance of environmental glory is a bonus, a reminder of why we live here, a thank-you for the hard work and sacrifice it's going to take to keep on going."
Posted by Kathy Meeh