Those who have lived on Coronado for decades will remember the controversies, losses, and triumphs as residents tried to protect what is one of the more unique small cities anywhere. The open spaces, the ocean and bay views, even the parks, were often endangered by development threat. Community commitment preserved many of these. At the end of Orange Avenue, for example, today is the unobstructed view of San Diego Bay known as Centennial Park. It exists because enough people cared and campaigned to stop the buildings that would have changed that bayfront forever. Even Tidelands Park, which we take for granted, would not be the open, people-friendly acres of grass without the determination and commitment of so many of our citizens.

The future of open space and access to shorelines is in our hands. I ask that we all pay close attention to any plans for development…that we seriously consider whether such plans enhance our extraordinary gift of ocean and bay views and whether they protect our green and welcoming parks.

Let us, before we agree to any project, remember that we are, for now, the keepers of the treasure, Coronado.

Thank you,

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