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Approximately 200 Sailing Yachts to Take Part in Annual Baja Ha-ha Event October 30

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Baja Ha-ha 2016Baja Ha-ha, an annual sailing event that attracts recreational boaters from up and down the West Coast will take place on Monday, October 30, 2017 in San Diego Bay. The event is known as the largest off-shore rally on the West Coast, and the second largest in the world, with participants sailing from San Diego Bay to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

About 200 sailing yachts will kick off the event with a colorful maritime parade that begins off the shores of Shelter Island. The Port of San Diego Harbor Police will conduct a water display with lights and sirens at 9:50 a.m. and a traditional starting gun send-off from a historical America’s Cup starting gun will mark the start of the parade.

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Port of San Diego Honored with Three Environmental Awards from the Association of Environmental Professionals San Diego Chapter

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The Port of San Diego was recently honored with three prestigious environmental awards from the Association of Environmental Professionals San Diego Chapter. The awards were presented at the Chapter’s annual award night event, held October 5, 2017.

In the category of Outstanding Environmental Analysis Document, the Port brought home the top award for the San Diego Bay and Imperial Beach Oceanfront Fireworks Display Events Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The EIR summarizes the project, identifies each significant effect, with proposed mitigation measures and alternatives that would reduce or avoid that effect. It also identifies the areas of controversy, including issues raised by the public and summarizes the issues to be resolved, including the choice alternatives and how to mitigate the significant effects. This project will allow for the continuation of fireworks display shows in and around San Diego Bay and Imperial Beach, thereby activating District tidelands.

Port of San Diego's Integrated Planning Vision Wins 2017 Silver Bernays Award of Excellence for Community Relations

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Port of San Diego Integrated Planning PMPUThe Public Relations Society of America, San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter, has selected the Port of San Diego’s Integrated Planning Port Master Plan Update process for a 2017 Silver Bernays Award of Excellence for Community Relations.

The Public Relations Society of America presented the award to the Port of San Diego and its consultant, Nuffer, Smith, Tucker, at its annual awards dinner on October 12, 2017. 

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Port Chairman Dukie Valderrama Honored for Outstanding Service and Dedication by Ocean Connectors

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MC 10.16.17 Dukie Ocean ConnectorsBoard of Port Commissioners Chairman Robert “Dukie” Valderrama was honored with an Ocean Connectors Leadership Award by the nonprofit environmental organization Ocean Connectors. The award was presented at Ocean Connectors’ 10-year anniversary event, held on Flagship Cruises & Events California Princess on October 5, 2017. The event honored Ocean Connectors’ founding funders including the Port of San Diego, key supporters and nonprofit partners.

Chairman Valderrama was recognized for his outstanding service and dedication to the community of National City and for his environmental stewardship of San Diego Bay.

“The Port is committed to protecting the environment, including the wildlife of San Diego Bay and the tidelands,” said Chairman Valderrama. “This award demonstrates how seriously the Port takes that responsibility and I commend the Port’s staff for their progress with supporting environmental education."

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