Public Meeting Set for Entertainment and Commercial Activities Ordinance

Contact: Barbara Moreno (619) 686-6216 - Published on .

More than 40 people, including port tenants, entertainers and vendors who sell jewelry and other items, attended a public meeting in October 2011, to offer their suggestions and concerns on proposed ordinance changes.The Port of San Diego is considering changes to its ordinances regulating entertainment and commercial activities on lands administered by the Port.

The changes relate to sales of merchandise and services by for-profit and non-profit entities.

As part of the process, public input is being sought at two upcoming meetings: Thursday, March 22, at 5 p.m., and Monday, March 26, at 5 p.m. The meetings will be held at the Port of San Diego Administration Building, 3165 Pacific Highway, in the Port's Training Room.

The purpose of these meetings is to review proposed changes to the ordinances and to continue gathering input from stakeholders.

The changes would specifically affect Sections 8.02, 8.04 and 8.05 of the Port District Code.

The Port of San Diego held public meetings last fall and received dozens of public comments that now will be considered as it updates the ordinances.

Jim Hutzelman, Manager of Community Services in the Port's Business Development & Marketing Department, said a number of changes have occurred along the waterfront and adjacent land, and the regulations need to be updated to reflect the activities that now take place.

The goal of the ordinances is to support an active, vibrant and safe waterfront in a fair and equitable manner.

In addition to the meetings, the public can send the port comments via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Drafts of the ordinances are scheduled to presented to the Board of Port Commissioners in May. The ordinances would take effect 30 days after they are approved by the Board.

About the Port:

The Port of San Diego is the fourth-largest of 11 deep water ports in California and the top port in the state for the movement of breakbulk cargo. The Port was created by the state legislature in 1962. Since then, it has invested $1.7 billion in public improvements in its five member cities – Chula VistaCoronadoImperial BeachNational City, and San Diego.


The Port District oversees two maritime cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals17 public parks, the Harbor Police Department, and the leases of more than 600 tenant and sub tenant businesses around San Diego Bay.


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