The "Port for All" photo contest took place over the summer and invited the public to submit their pictures from around the waterfront of San Diego Bay. The contest was conducted entirely over social media and was part of the Port's 50th anniversary celebration.
The grant, awarded from the State Water Resources Control Board's 319h program, can save boaters up to 75 percent on stripping and painting costs for boat hulls . The $600,000 was allocated specifically to help Shelter Island Yacht Basin boaters who voluntarily convert from copper hull paints to eco-friendly hull paints.
The free, public event drew an estimated 10,000 people to enjoy the Port's Bayside Park, near the Chula Vista Marina.
Showcasing the region's rich maritime heritage, the event kicked off with a parade of vessels sailing along beautiful San Diego Bay near the Chula Vista harbor.
The California Association of Port Authorities has recognized its LGBT Ports Diversity Group as an official affinity group, commemorating the decision Friday, October 4, 2013, with a resolution presented at the Port of San Diego.
Port of San Diego Vice Chair Bob Nelson, California State Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins and San Diego Interim Mayor Todd Gloria attended the formal presentation of the resolution in the Port of San Diego's Boardroom. Also present were staff and commissioners from the Ports of Oakland, San Francisco and Long Beach, the San Diego International Airport, and San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts' office.
With overwhelming public support, the Port of San Diego remains committed to expanding the San Diego Convention Center and Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel despite a negative recommendation issued Friday by California Coastal Commission staff.
The project team is continuing its ongoing discussions and negotiations with Coastal Commission staff to address their concerns about the project. The Port will present the plan, explaining the numerous ways in which it will benefit the public, to the 11 voting members of the California Coastal Commission on October 10, 2013.