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Port of San Diego Approves Three New Seaport Village Leases

November 13, 2019

As part of the Port of San Diego’s efforts to revitalize Seaport Village, the Board of Port Commissioners has approved leases for Mike Hess Brewing, Mr. Moto Pizza, and Spill the Beans. Anticipated to open in 2020, these local businesses, along with site enhancements, community programs and more, are creating excitement within Seaport Village for locals and visitors alike.

“Visit Seaport Village! The Port is thrilled to bring some new and established local favorites to the San Diego Bay waterfront for the enjoyment of San Diegans as well as those who visit us from across the country and around the world,” said Chairman Garry Bonelli, Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. “These new tenants will help bring fresh energy and vitality to the diverse shops, unique eateries and outdoor entertainment already offered at the vibrant harbor-side hub.”

One of the region’s premier craft breweries, Mike Hess Brewing provides great beers and a welcoming atmosphere at its San Diego locations in Miramar, North Park, Imperial Beach and Ocean Beach. They’ll move into a space along the waterfront boardwalk in the Carousel District north of the Pier Café and will have a beer tasting room and patio area with a full-service restaurant.

Port of San Diego to Add Seven Alternative Fuel Vehicles to its Work Fleet

November 12, 2019

As an environmental champion of San Diego Bay and its diverse ecosystems, the Port of San Diego is purchasing seven vehicles for its work fleet that will run on renewable diesel fuel.

The Board of Port Commissioners approved a $700,000 agreement with 72 Hour LLC, DBA National Auto Fleet Group at its November 5, 2019 Board meeting. The emissions produced from renewable diesel do not result in a net increase of C02 emissions because renewable diesel is produced by biogenic waste products that would have decayed and produced C02 emissions elsewhere.

“The use of renewable diesel will help the Port meet its Climate Action Plan goals to curb greenhouse gas emissions along San Diego Bay and its tidelands,” said Garry Bonelli, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. “The Port’s greenhouse gas emissions have decreased 13 percent since 2006 and the purchase of these vehicles will help to further decrease air pollution.”

Port of San Diego Harbor Police Chief Recognized as Law Enforcement Official of the Year by San Diego Crime Commission

November 08, 2019

Mark Stainbrook, the Port of San Diego’s Vice President of Public Safety and Harbor Police Chief, has been recognized as the 2019 Law Enforcement Official of the Year by the San Diego County Crime Commission. Chief Stainbrook accepted the award at the Commission’s 34th Annual Blue Knight Awards Dinner held November 1, 2019 at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in San Diego.

The San Diego County Crime Commission’s annual awards dinner gives each law enforcement agency in the county the opportunity to honor members of their agency for outstanding service. The Law Enforcement Official of the Year award recognizes law enforcement officers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve the community.

“The Port of San Diego congratulates Chief Stainbrook for receiving this prestigious honor from the San Diego County Crime Commission,” said Garry Bonelli, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. “Since his appointment as Chief in March 2018, he has done a stellar job in leading the Harbor Police team in making San Diego Bay and its tidelands a safer place for our region’s residents and visitors.”

Port of San Diego Invites Public to Review Proposed Changes to Charter Vessel Regulations

September 27, 2019

As part of efforts to improve the regulation of charter vessel operations on San Diego Bay, the Port of San Diego invites the public to review and provide input on proposed changes to the Port’s charter vessel regulations, Port Code Section 4.37. If approved by the Board of Port Commissioners, the updated ordinance will apply to charter vessels that operate out of San Diego Bay marinas and sportfishing landings, and for the first time will allow the Port to issue permits to qualified charter vessel operators who conduct their businesses outside of a marina or sportfishing landing.

Chula Vista Bayfront Transformation Begins; Groundbreaking Celebration Held for First Major Projects

September 26, 2019

The Port of San Diego, the City of Chula Vista and Sun Communities, Inc. held a groundbreaking celebration on Thursday, September 26, 2019 for the first two major projects on the Chula Vista Bayfront – the Costa Vista RV Resort and the Sweetwater Bicycle Path and Promenade. This monumental step sets the stage for the transformation of the Chula Vista Bayfront as envisioned by the Port, City of Chula Vista, and the community in the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan.

“The components are being put in place. After years of diligent work, and collaborating with the right partners, such as Sun Communities, this largely vacant and underutilized industrial landscape will soon be transformed into a thriving recreational, residential and resort destination right here on the Chula Vista waterfront,” said Chairman Garry Bonelli, Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners.

“The day is finally here when we are celebrating the start of construction on two bayfront projects,” said Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas. “We are thrilled that work has begun on the new RV Park providing overnight accommodations and the Sweetwater Bicycle Path and Promenade that will create a wonderful walking and biking route on the northern edge of the bayfront. What a great day!”


 

Port of San Diego Conducting Nighttime Noise Study in Barrio Logan

September 18, 2019

As part of ongoing efforts to be a good neighbor to the communities adjacent to San Diego Bay and the waterfront, the Port of San Diego has commissioned the Barrio Logan Nighttime Noise Study. Nighttime noise is a neighborhood issue that affects quality of life, including mental and physical health.

The study seeks to identify nighttime noise sources in the Barrio Logan community between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., with a focus on 1 a.m. to 4 a.m., and will help prepare the Port, the City of San Diego, and the maritime industry in and around the Barrio Logan community to work to find ways to decrease nighttime noise. 

Port staff will formally launch the study at the Barrio Logan Community Planning Group meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at Woodbury University, 2212 Main Street, San Diego, CA 92113

Port of San Diego to Celebrate Installation of Sculpture in Coronado Tidelands Park

September 10, 2019

The Port of San Diego is hosting a celebratory event for the installation of artist Michael Stutz’s elegant bronze sculpture, “Penelope,” in its new waterfront location overlooking San Diego Bay and the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge in the northeast corner of Coronado Tidelands Park at 2000 Mullinex Drive, Coronado, CA 92118.

The event will be held Thursday, September 12, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the site of the sculpture. Port Chairman Garry Bonelli will give remarks as well as, Port President & CEO Randa Coniglio, City of Coronado Mayor Pro Tem Whitney Benzian and “Penelope’s” creator, Michael Stutz.

The Port first commissioned the nearly seven-foot-tall bronze sculpture in 2008 as part of its Public Art Program. It was located on the San Diego waterfront between Seaport Village and Tuna Harbor, but due to the construction of Ruocco Park, “Penelope” was temporarily moved off the waterfront and placed into storage. The installation celebration marks the end of a long hiatus for “Penelope,” who represents a figure from the Greek epic poem, The Odyssey, and her re-emergence as a beautiful public artwork that can be enjoyed by all who visit Coronado Tidelands Park.

Port of San Diego Looks Forward to Start of Cruise Season with New Cruise Offerings

September 09, 2019

The Port of San Diego is gearing up for the start of its 2019/2020 cruise season, which will feature the Port’s long-term partners Holland America Line and Disney Cruise Line, as well as the return of Carnival Cruise Line and add some additional cruise offerings. The new season officially begins September 10, 2019 with the arrival of Le Soleal, a luxury vessel from the French cruise company, Ponant. Le Soleal will be journeying to the Sea of Cortez on a 14-day cruise.

This season, the Port of San Diego has 104 cruise calls scheduled, up from the 92 in 2018/2019. Those 104 cruise calls will bring approximately 338,000 passengers, up from last season’s 295,000.

“The Port of San Diego’s cruise business continues to increase year after year. We’re excited to see former customer Carnival Cruise Line return and to continue our partnerships with Disney Cruise Line and Holland America Line,” said Garry Bonelli, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. “The cruise business is a significant economic generator for our region, bringing thousands of new visitors with each cruise call.”

Disney Cruise Line will be offering 16 cruises from the Port of San Diego, beginning on October 4 with its popular Halloween on High Seas Baja Cruise. Cruises on the Disney Wonder include two-night, four-night and five-night Baja cruises, seven-night Mexican Riviera cruises, a 14-night Very Merrytime Panama Canal Cruise and a five-night Pacific Coast Cruise.

Port of San Diego Shares Results of Harbor Drive Multimodal Corridor Study

August 29, 2019

Following an extensive public outreach process resulting in elaborate input about the various challenges and opportunities to improve mobility and safety for users of Harbor Drive, the Port of San Diego is sharing the findings of its Harbor Drive Multimodal Corridor Study. The study focuses on the area of Harbor Drive between the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal and the National City Marine Terminal, also known as the Working Waterfront, and examines how people use this stretch of Harbor Drive. The study addresses existing issues and challenges, and identifies opportunities for improvement. 

Residents, businesses, and users of Harbor Drive are invited to provide additional insight at a second Open House taking place on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. at the National City Aquatic Center located in Pepper Park at 3300 Goesno Place, National City, 91950. More information, including a list of potential projects suggested by the study, is available at portofsandiego.org/HarborDriveStudy.

“While we have evaluated challenges and solutions to improve Harbor Drive, we know no single improvement can enhance mobility in this critical goods movement corridor,” said Chairman Garry Bonelli, Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. “Yet, the Port, in concert with our transportation partner agencies, are eager to make progress for our entire community – while balancing the costs, benefits and impacts to everyone involved.”

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