There is visible progress on the Port's North Embarcadero Visionary Plan Phase I. The South Pavilion structure, located on the west side of North Harbor Drive between Broadway Pier and Navy Pier, is coming together. Installation of the steel for the North Pavilion structure, located between Broadway Pier and B Street Pier, began on December 16.
Fabrication of the formwork for artistic concrete walls at the new public restroom building, located just north of the North Pavilion, has begun and should be completed at the end of February 2014.
The Port of San Diego's Big Bay Balloon Parade will be soaring over the San Diego waterfront on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.
The event, which is often referred to as "America's Largest Balloon Parade" because of the number of inflatable balloons, is now in its 23rd year. The theme for the parade is "Ringing in the New Year" and the parade's grand marshal is Mac McLaughlin, President and CEO of the USS Midway Museum. The Port is the title sponsor.
Marine Group Boat Works, LLC, located in the Port's member city of Chula Vista, successfully competed for two separate contracts to fully refurbish commuter ferries from the San Francisco Bay area: the 97-foot Bay Breeze owned by the Water Emergency Transportation Authority, and the 180 foot- M.S. San Francisco owned by the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District.
The Port replaced 48,300 square feet of existing turf with water-wise plants in the traffic medians along Harbor Island Drive.
The Port also installed "Calsense controllers" which prevent over-watering by automatically shutting off when moisture levels in the soil are high.
The Port District is among the first ports in the nation to adopt such a sustainability guide voluntarily. The plan passed unanimously on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.