SF planning hurdles begin for 2013 America's Cup

By Paul Elias | July 16, 2011 | 11:14 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The America's Cup is expected to create 8,000 jobs and inject more than $1.4 billion into the region's economy when the world's fastest yachts take to San Francisco Bay in 2013.

But a draft environmental report released Monday says the anticipated 5 million spectators — with 500,000 on "peak" days — will test the Bay Area's transportation network, sanitation systems and the environment during 50 days of racing.

So city officials, race planners and environmental groups are working to lessen the impact sailing's most prestigious event will have on the Bay Area. The 1,400-page draft environmental report is open to public comment for a little more than a month. Officials hope to have the plan, which calls for a major facelift to the city's northern waterfront, adopted by year's end.