The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to begin negotiations for partial control of on Tuesday.
In response to the proposal that would enter the county into discussions about shared management of the course with the city and county of San Francisco - which currently owns and operates the links - Board President Adrienne Tissier said she believed the focus of talks should be "how we can save the golf course, but make sure the endangered species can be taken care of."
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The species she refers to are the threatened red-legged frog and the endangered San Francisco garter snake, sources of conflict and a over whether golf should be allowed to continue as is at Sharp Park.
Assistant County Manager David Holland said shared management of the course may require redesigning portions that interfere with some of the turf the frogs and snakes depend on.
Holland estimated such an effort could cost between $7 million to $10 million in coming years if the board approves moving forward with the restoration.
Tissier added that the approval granted Tuesday was not a binding agreement to control the course, but rather to begin preliminary discussions. She also noted that showing interest in the future of the course fell in line with the board's economic development targets, which included capitalizing on recreational activities.
Environmental advocates pleaded with supervisors to consider dedicating the golf course land as a wildlife preserve, but the board overruled that effort.
For more of Pacifica Patch's coverage about the Sharp Park Golf Course, head to our topic page.