Submitted by Richard Bailey
Last week, the Coronado community and the Coronado City Council resoundingly objected to an element of the Port of San Diego’s Proposed Master Plan Update (“PMPU”) that would allow for a new 350 room hotel at the Ferry Landing, as well as other new development.
Unlike other cities, this type of development is simply incompatible with the surrounding residential community, as it would result in more traffic, less parking and a reduction in the quality of life for Coronado residents.
The San Diego Bay is a precious regional asset meant for everyone to enjoy. While other cities may benefit from increased economic development along the bayfront, Coronado is an active and environmentally conscious community that would benefit more from greater open space and enhanced public access to the bay.
Fortunately, Coronado’s representative to the Port, Commissioner Garry Bonelli shares our concerns. Mr. Bonelli and I spoke at great length regarding the proposed Port Master Plan Update and I am confident he will be a strong voice for our community’s interests.
The PMPU did contain a big win for Coronado in the changing of land use for Grand Caribe Isle from previously allowing a hotel to now preserving open space. Commissioner Bonelli was a major factor in making that happen and his efforts are appreciated.
The City of Coronado has submitted our comments to the Port and now we need your help. The Port of San Diego is accepting comments until July 31. You can submit your comments via email to PMPU@portofsandiego.org.
I am optimistic if we all share our opinions, the Port of San Diego will listen, and we will end up with a revitalized Ferry Landing that complements our community.
Mayor, City of Coronado