The board of the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District (FWCBD) hired Randall Scott as its new Executive Director. Randall comes to the FWCBD from the Union Square Business Improvement District (USBID), where he held the position of Director of Services.
The Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District (FWCBD) today released a 70-page retail strategy report that outlines its vision for luring more locals to the city's top tourist destination.
The comprehensive document, a year in the making, focuses on business, entertainment, appearance, safety, marketing and the public realm. It’s packed with statistics and input from visitors and local stakeholders, including businesspeople and approximately 6,000 neighborhood residents.
The notion of a high-speed, zero-emission passenger ferry has been dismissed by some as science fiction. But the prospects for hydrogen-powered clean ferries are now looking up, buoyed by a recent feasibility study and the support of Red and White Fleet, one of the Bay Area’s ferry operators located at Fisherman's Wharf.
Marbles: The Brain Store has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and wants to close its 37 brick-and-mortar stores. The Chicago-based puzzle and game retailer wants to wind down its brick-and-mortar presence while trying to sell intellectual property related to its e-commerce and wholesale business. Unfortunately, reports say due to a “dramatic downturn” during the holiday 2016 season, the retailer was left short on cash. As of 2/27/17, the Fisherman's Wharf location is permanently closed.
The FWCBD has hired San Francisco based consulting firms Seifel Consulting Inc. and lowercase productions to create a comprehensive Retail Strategy Document. Through this dynamic process, strategic retail recommendations will be used to enhance and potentially diversify the current retail landscape and to increase investment in the district.
To help with the added crowds that we anticipate for February President's Day Weekend, the FWCBD has requested 4 Parking Control Officers for February 18 & 19 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Two officers will be stationed at Jefferson & Powell, and two officers will be stationed at Jefferson and Taylor. We are also requesting two 10b police officers to assist February 18 & 19 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The SFMTA, working in partnership with the Fisherman's Wharf Community Benefit District, recently added banners along the fence around the MTA's Kirkland Bus Yard. This project was created as a way to beautify the area around the bus yard with an attractive design that educates visitors and the community about Muni’s past and its place in Fisherman's Wharf. To see the images in order, follow the timeline along the block of Powell Street from Beach to North Point Street.
The FWCBD was recently awarded a $3,000 Neighborhood Justice Grant from District Attorney George Gascón to help promote the PARK SMART! message. This year the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office is supporting public safety projects with an emphasis on auto-burglary, human trafficking, and public events that bring community.
The FWCBD has compiled a list of items to help make your 4th at the Wharf safe and successful. The schedule of events, information about the Jefferson Street closure, traffic/transit impacts and the latest initiative to combat illegal vending are included below.
July 4th is our 3rd busiest day of the year, We anticipate that approximately 60,000 people will visit the district this year.
San Francisco Pride Celebrations
Friday June 24th to Sunday, June 26th, 2016
Muni Service Alert from Friday, June 24th at 8 p.m. — Monday, June 27th at 6 a.m.
There will be some Muni service changes and reroutes to accommodate San Francisco's annual Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Parade and events this weekend.
Joseph Conrad Square, also known as Conrad Park, is a small triangular-shaped park at Columbus Avenue and Beach Street, in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf. The park was founded in 1971. While the park is in an ideal location and has excellent potential, the design of the park has made it underutilized and poorly connected to the surrounding streets and buildings. The Fisherman's Wharf Community Benefit District (FWCBD) has been working since 2009 to find a solution for both curbing illegal activity in the park and revitalizing the park with innovative and engaging elements. In 2015 the FWCBD was able to secure funding to hire a local landscape architecture firm, Carducci & Associates, to create a detailed design for the park.
Mark your calendars for the 2016 Neighborhood Emergency Response Team N.E.R.T. training sessions from the SFFD. The training will be held on 3 Tuesdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm. All 3 days must be attended. Session content includes earthquake preparedness and basic disaster skills, terrorism awareness, disaster medicine, light search and rescue, team organization, management disaster psychology and more!