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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 3:22 pm

I read with interest the summary of the meeting on Aug. 29 in the Winn Room.

We were unable to attend being out of town, so my comments are based on the article in the Eagle.

I appreciate and applaud the headline “Port Chair Says No Hotel At Ferry Landing, No Hotel in Cays and No Promenade”.

We are 50 years plus residents of Coronado before the Bridge living at the corner of 4th and I, members of Coronado Yacht Club, and owned at the Cays when Bahama Village was under construction. For 40 years, we have lived in the Sunset Park area. My husband is a retired Naval Commander.

We have lived and experienced all of the major changes in our community and residential lifestyle throughout Coronado.

We have supported and welcomed many of them... (good things to a point at which we have, for the most part, arrived).

The Bridge began our community transformation and contributed to our prosperity (a good thing to a point).

The Ferry Landing development was a great use of public space and public use (a good thing to a point).

Public access to San Diego and Coronado Bay is important and is available (a good thing to a point).

The Cays Development added a unique lifestyle opportunity (a good thing to a point.)

At this point, however, any change that contributes to our density, traffic and parking is problematic. Although tourism and business may welcome Port proposals, the impact on our neighborhoods will be seriously negative. Our community character is under attack not only by the Port, but also by other governmental agencies. We are currently and will experience increased traffic and parking issues with any of these proposals/plans. Most importantly the safety of our children in our neighborhoods as they play out and about and go to and from school will be compromised with plans that increase density, traffic, and general public access (that has already reached a tipping point with the beach, day trippers, etc.)

One may agree or disagree with Port plans at Seaport Village, but the fact is that Seaport Village is not a small residential, boundary finite community. Coronado is. Chula Vista and National City Bayfronts, no doubt, welcome increased large Port development that increases density and tourism. Coronado residents no longer do as the Eagle seems to state, and we concur.

Your recognition, understanding, and support of Coronado’s major contribution to public use and space over the last 50 years is critical going forward. We have opened up our community to the world. Scale down your plans and proposals to help us maintain our community character and neighborhoods for future generations.

Thank you to the residents who have been visible and vocal throughout this process. Thank you to the Port (at least for now) for the current headline.

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