New regulations are now in place for Clipper Cove to clear the waterways of abandoned boats.
Clipper Cove is a section of waterway between Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island. But for years the waters have been plagued by boats left to waste away and those using the cove as a personal sales lot.
“In order to address the threat to public safety posed by unattended vessels anchored in Clipper Cove for extended periods of time and to preserve the Clipper Cove ecosystem from potential harmful release of waste and toxics, the San Francisco Police Code was amended,” the new regulations say.
Vessels do not have to obtain a permit if they are anchored for less than 24 hours in the cove. Boaters must obtain a permit for anchoring for periods of time between 24 and 96 hours. A permit entails notifying the authority of the anchoring by either calling a number and leading a voice message or filling out a form online.
For stays in excess of 96 hours, a boat owner must under go a more extensive application process.
The Board of Supervisors approved legislation on Aug. 8 allowing authority to adopt new regulations for the cove.