On July 23, 2020, a real estate developer publicly proposed a hotel complex for an undeveloped seven acre property on North Grand Caribe Isle in the Coronado Cays. The project, dubbed “Inn at the Cays,” was announced on social media in a slick promotional posting by the developer, who leases the property from the Port of San Diego.
The developer pitches an expansive bay-front, multi-story 114-room hotel, to include meeting rooms, a restaurant, a bar and 141 parking places. He says “Hero Rooms” will be discounted for vets and active military. Hoping the graphics in his post and his mention of vets will draw you in, the developer repeatedly asks you to click a button to show support for the project.
This is the fifth large hotel, spa, or time-share development proposed for this property in the 30 years I have lived in the Cays. All past proposals were defeated because resorts simply do not fit in our residential neighborhood. We already have a hotel, the Loews, next door to the Cays. We don’t need the traffic, noise, parties, and lights from a hotel in the middle of our community.
Here are four things the developer didn’t tell you and four strong reasons to oppose his proposal.
First, the developer never mentions that the Port of San Diego, which must approve any development on Port lands, rejected this hotel proposal. The Port’s June 5, 2020 letter to the developer objected to his “entire plan” and labelled “wholly without merit” and “disingenuous” the developer’s claims that the Port had indicated support for the project. The Port then emphasized that a hotel on this property would be out of place as “too intense for the quiet nature of the surrounding areas” (think traffic, parking issues and noise) and in view of 30 years of community opposition.
Second, the developer never mentions how hotel traffic would burden our streets, particularly our already congested main entrance road. Nor does he mention how tourists would fill up the Cays tennis courts and bay beach areas or that his hotel buildings would destroy our panoramic views of the bay.
Third, the developer never mentions that he is not asking the Port for an extension of his lease of the property, which expires in 2034. Does this mean he is trying to get approval for a hotel and then sell the lease? Probably. Would a new buyer have to give discounts to military personnel? Doubtful.
Fourth, all prior proposals to build resorts on this property failed. All were defeated because they were strongly opposed by Cays residents, the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association, and the City of Coronado. This latest proposal is just as objectionable as all the previous ones: a hotel does not fit in our residential neighborhood.
Please don’t be fooled into supporting this proposal. Please email your objections to the City of Coronado, the Port of San Diego, and the Coronado Cays HOA.
City of Coronado Mayor and Council Member emails:
Mayor Richard Bailey: firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Member Mike Donovan: email@example.com
Council Member Marvin Heinze: firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Member Bill Sandke: email@example.com
Council Member Whitney Benzian: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coronado Port Commissioner Garry Bonelli: email@example.com
Coronado Cays Homeowners Association General Manager Henry Angelino: firstname.lastname@example.org