Environmental impact of America's Cup is focus of two public meetings 

The America’s Cup is expected to revamp The City’s waterfront – and so, predictably, will have an impact on the waterfront environs.

Members of the public concerned about what those environmental impacts may be are invited to attend two planning meetings – one Wednesday night, one Thursday evening – to help officials determine what they should focus on.

The America’s Cup yacht race is scheduled for summer 2013, when about 10 yacht racing teams will compete for the oldest trophy in sports in the San Francisco Bay. To prepare for the race, Piers 30-32 under the Bay Bridge will be rebuilt, new buildings will be constructed and others torn down on the northern waterfront, and parts of Pier 80 will be appropriated.

The environmental impact statement, which is being rushed so that it will be completed this year, will also cover the half-million people anticipated to watch the event. 

The public scoping meetings are being held at 6:30 p.m. each day in room 250 in City Hall.

kworth@sfexaminer.com

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