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Port of San Diego Overview

Vision Statement

To foster a world-class Port through excellence in public service.

Mission Statement

The San Diego Unified Port District will protect the Tidelands Trust resources by providing economic vitality and community benefit through a balanced approach to maritime industry, tourism, water and land recreation, environmental stewardship and public safety.

Port Act, Port Code, Port Master Plan

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If you’ve spent time along the tidelands of San Diego Bay, did you know you were enjoying the state lands entrusted to the Port of San Diego? The Port of San Diego was created by the state Legislature to manage San Diego Bay and surrounding waterfront land on December 18, 1962.

The Port of San Diego is the fourth largest of the 11 ports in California.

It has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in public improvements in its five member cities – Chula Vista, CoronadoImperial BeachNational City and San Diego.

The port oversees two maritime cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, 20 public parks, the Harbor Police Department and the leases of hundreds of tenant and sub tenant businesses around San Diego Bay.

The Port of San Diego is an economic engine, an environmental steward of San Diego Bay and the surrounding tidelands, and a provider of community services and public safety.

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The Port is governed by a seven-member Board of Port Commissioners; one commissioner each is appointed by the city councils of Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach and National City, and three commissioners are appointed by the San Diego City Council.

“The Port of San Diego could not exist without its partners,” said Robert “Dukie” Valderrama, former Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. “Because of them, the Port is able to fulfill its mission and its roles as an economic engine, community service provider, environmental steward and provider of public safety.”

Core Values

  • Accountability
  • Courage
  • Inclusiveness
  • Fairness
  • Fun
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork
  • Transparency

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