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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Port of San Diego Marks 35th Anniversary of Sister Port Partnership with Sasebo, Japan

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MC 10.13.17DukieMayor of SaseboThe Port of San Diego hosted a distinguished delegation from its sister port, the Port of Sasebo, Japan on October 13, 2017. The purpose of the visit was to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the sister port relationship.

A sister port agreement was signed between the two ports in August 1982. This agreement allows both ports to explore the possibilities of future collaboration and encourages the two ports to cross-promote business and cultural opportunities. Like San Diego, the Port of Sasebo has a large military presence, natural deepwater harbors, resort areas and cruise, shipbuilding and fishing industries.

The most recent delegation visit from the Port of Sasebo took place in 2012. The delegation visits have benefitted the two ports through information sharing and an enhanced understanding of each others culture.

Port of San Diego Approves Lease with The Brigantine, Inc. for Portside Pier Restaurant Development

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On October 10, 2017, the Board of Port Commissioners approved a 40-year lease with The Brigantine, Inc. for its Portside Pier restaurant development at 1360 North Harbor Drive, one of Southern California’s flagship waterfront sites. The location is part of San Diego’s North Embarcadero.

The Brigantine, Inc. will invest more than $14 million to develop Portside Pier, a two-story structure over the water featuring four dining concepts. Portside Pier will offer fresh seafood at Brigantine on the Bay, authentic Mexican flavors at Miguel’s Cocina, pub fare at Ketch Grill & Taps, and walk-up service at Portside Gelato and Coffee. In addition to offering a variety of food options at different price points, Portside Pier will increase public access to the waterfront with a second level viewing deck, a second level perimeter walkway along the water’s edge and an extended dock and dine to accommodate up to twelve vessels.

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