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The City Council agreed today to define wetlands in Mission Bay Park as wetlands.

About 133 acres of wetlands in the park had previously been divvied up: Those sitting above the mean high tide line were counted as land; those below it were water.

The definitions are important in the park because a ballot measure voters approved in 1987 allows the city to lease out only 25 percent of the park’s land to hotels and other businesses. If water or wetlands are counted as land, it increases the space that can be leased — at the expense of public parkland.

Click here for more background on the subject.

We’ll have a full story on this shortly.

ROB DAVIS

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