OK, left a comment over on the Roosevelt Islander suggesting consulting with CG, CG Aux, or maybe a professional outfitter about whether their proposed location was really suitable for what they wanted to do.
"Earlier today, representatives from NYC kayak/boatclubs with a great deal of experience paddling on the East River attended a meeting with RIOC staff to discuss the RFP. Although the Kayak/Boat Club representatives acknowledged the challenges of operating a kayak facility at this site, they also expressed their strong desire to participate in establishing such a facility."
My initial reaction was "I don't get it. I really, really don't get it. I honestly didn't think any of the local paddlers who knew what they were doing would touch this one with a ten-foot canoe pole..."
Turns out however that those were friends who know the area better than I do. I'm still not sure I like the idea, but it's not really my business. It sounds like there will be more explanation forthcoming - it also sounds like maybe some brakes will be put on the ridiculous rush, and if my friends were to be selected, certain things that the RFP mentioned (like rentals) would be dropped in favor of a pretty closely controlled operation, - so for now, no sermon, I feel like I've said my bit & that's enough.
Still seems like it would've made a TON of sense for the RIOC to get an opinion from someone who knows boating safety but does not have a direct interest in running their facility, but the mental pictures I was painting for myself when things like rentals were supposedly in the picture have gotten a little less frightening.