Over two years ago, City residents unanimously delivered a message to the Unified Port of San Diego firmly rejecting the new development the Port proposed for City-adjacent properties in its first draft Master Plan update. The Port, through then Port Commissioner Garry Bonelli, received that unequivocal message and incorporated those changes in the Master Plan.
While City residents happily turned their attention to holiday plans, time with family and friends, and respite from a series of exhausting years battling very real threats to public health, political divisiveness and a growing climate crisis, Council has proposed – with proper public notice but without necessary public attention – to reverse course and to urge the Port to include in its Master Plan additional hotel rooms within the footprint of two hotels in Coronado’s planning districts– but without any additional open space, parks or plans to address the resulting congestion and burden on the City’s infrastructure.
It is disappointing that Council would retreat from the clear message from City residents rejecting additional hotel rooms as the best way to balance commerce against the stress and strains on our infrastructure, public services and health and welfare.
If you agree that City residents should be heard on this topic – with ample notice and the opportunity to understand why Council supports these material modifications (and why these modifications are in our best interests), please let Council know your position on or prior to the Jan. 4, 2022 meeting.