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a letter from Susan Anderson | Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019 5:13 pm

5:00pm Monday 15 July

Nautilus Room, Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way.

Please become an active participant in deciding the future of Coronado. Come to the Community Center, 1845 Strand Way, at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 15, to listen to the San Diego Port Authority (SDPA) plans for the development of our city. Huge changes are coming that will affect us all and as residents we need to have a clear understanding of the issues and make our voices heard. We have until July 31 to submit our written concerns regarding the proposed SDPA draft plan.

Prior to the meeting I suggest everyone look up the Port Master Plan Draft, which is available online via the Coronado Times or Google. It is a 327 page document, but the portion relevant to Coronado District 10 can be found on pages 229 through 240. The current draft plan calls for:

- Building up to 350 net hotel rooms with associated meeting space.

- Building up to 10,000 square feet of a non-district administration office space with a mix of commercial uses.

- Building up to 60,000 square feet of non-water-oriented retail and/or non-water-oriented retail with restaurant space in association with a mix of commercial uses.

- Dock maintenance, vessel slip reconfiguration, and enhancement in the water basins, including up to 12 net new vessel slips.

- The plan also calls for a “potential local mobility hub” on the Coronado bayfront that would facilitate incoming ferries from the Embarcadero and several points in the South Bay.

Per the SDPA Master Plan Draft graph PD.10.1, these are all appealable projects, but it will take considerable time and effort to counter the formidable commercial interests that are promoting these changes. That is why it is essential that we have significant attendance at the Monday, July 15, public forum.

The result of the proposed SDPA Master Plan will lead to a huge change in our lovely seaside community. Change is inevitable, but it must be carefully managed to take into consideration the needs of our tax paying citizens rather than the vested economic interests of commercial developers. Please call your neighbors and friends and have them come to this critical meeting that will determine the future of our crown city.