Port wants to keep Alcatraz departure point on its own property 

The Port of San Francisco is urging federal lawmakers to continue leasing its land as a departure point for Alcatraz visitors.

The National Park Service, which owns Alcatraz Island, is considering moving the visitor embarkation point from Pier 31½, which is a Port-owned site at the end of Bay Street, to another San Francisco waterfront location.

Most of the locations under consideration are on Port land, but the service is also considering departure points on land that it owns along the northern waterfront.

Port Executive Director Monique Moyer sent letters dated Jan. 6 to U.S. senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that urge the federal government to continue using a Port facility for Alcatraz tour departures.

“From the very first tourist vessel in 1973,” Moyer wrote, “the Port of San Francisco has served as the embarkation point for millions of tourists and locals intent on visiting the former U.S. Army brig and federal prison constituting NPS’ Alcatraz Island. Over that nearly forty-year period, the City has developed world-class tourist attractions at Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf that complement the Alcatraz experience, making for a memorable, full-day experience for visitors from around the world.”

Moyer continued, “The Port believes that the Port and NPS can identify a suitable location on Port property that will continue easy access for visitors traveling from locations in downtown San Francisco. The Port is confident that further analysis will demonstrate that NPS site characteristics and location criteria will be best served on Port property.”

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