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Letter To City Council Re: Ferry Landing

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Posted: Friday, July 5, 2019 11:01 am

Gentlemen:

Concerning, the Coronado Public Meeting with the Port Scheduled for July 15 in the Nautilus Room, and the Port Commission’s drive to put a hotel on the Coronado bay front taking out Il Fornaio and the adjacent public waterfront access . . . . .

This is an urgent warning:

Unless you have made other arrangements directly with Bonelli, July 15 will be a presentation by staff only with no public comment. That’s how they do it. I went to the well-advertised Imperial Beach meeting on June 27. There were posters, food, and a presentation by the Port Planning Director. No detailed mention of our Ferry Landing. Public questions and comments not accepted. Afterwards the Planning Director told me she makes no decisions. Takes no suggestions or comments. Any citizen input must go directly and only to the Commissioners. Not one of the commissioners was there, because, I was told, they do not attend open public meetings. If on July 15 Coronado villagers fill the Nautilus to find just Port staff, no Port commissioners, and no public comment, be prepared to duck!

Suggestion:

Coronado City Council can get out in front of this controversy, which threatens to create long term havoc, and unnecessary citizen anguish for months, maybe years. The approximately 2,000 First Street residents are starting to organize, all ready with talk of potential lawsuits to come. I think you can pass some kind of civic legislation following the San Francisco example, when in the 1990s Prop M stopped all development on Port property--property that also was under port jurisdiction, but adjacent to a city with a Master Plan which prevailed over port interests.

You are the leaders of most certainly one of the best managed, most beautiful small towns in America. Here’s where you really need to step up and show how it is done.

With affection and admiration,

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