By Dan Underhill, Riptide Correspondent
Pacifica City Council member Mary Ann Nihart spoke at the Pacifica-Daly City Democrats breakfast meeting November 17 about collaboration among the U.S. National Park Service, California State Parks Service, San Mateo County Parks, The Coastal Conservancy, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, and the Peninsula Open Space Trust. This collaboration is to be called the Devil's Slide Coast Recreation Area, and I believe, as all of these organizations obviously believe, that this has the makings of a very popular tourist destination.
There has been a great deal of talk over the years about bringing some kind of industry into Pacifica. It has long been obvious to me that tourism is our best bet. We live in a truly gorgeous place. It is of serious geological interest, what with all the tectonic action that is visible on the surface from part of Highway 1 that will become a walking/biking path. We have many wild birds and animals that live here or pass through here on their migrations. We have history, and clean air, and the very famous Pacific Ocean. I encourage everyone to visit:
Devil's Slide Coast Recreation Area
Nihart also spoke of things the City of Pacifica is doing to make good use of the new Devil's Slide Coast Recreation Area. The one that stood out for me is the Devils Slide Ride, afree weekend shuttle. It is already funded with grant monies (if I had paid better attention, I could say from whom), and is scheduled to start when the tunnels open. Seattle, Washington has enjoyed great success with its free bus service throughout downtown. It has provided a real and lasting boost to Seattle's downtown economy.
For those who have expressed concerns about Pacifica's economic future, I would say that these are real hopeful signs and are in keeping with what our unique little venue has to offer. Thank you, Mary Ann.