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Port Environmental Impact Report for the San Diego Bay and Imperial Beach Oceanfront Fireworks Display Events Recognized with Environmental Award

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Fireworks EIR Award Photo March 2018 v2 2The Port of San Diego was recently honored with an Environmental Analysis Document Merit Award from the California Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) for the San Diego Bay and Imperial Beach Oceanfront Fireworks Display Events Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The award was presented to the Port’s Development Services Department at the AEP State Conference Awards Ceremony held March 26, 2018 in Rancho Mirage, California.

The San Diego Bay and Imperial Beach Oceanfront Fireworks Display Events Project consisted of establishing a section within the San Diego Unified Port District Code to govern existing and proposed new fireworks display events that occur within San Diego Bay and the Imperial Beach oceanfront that require a discretionary action by the Port or that are operated by Port tenants. It also incorporates four proposed new fireworks display events that would be located adjacent to the waterfronts of National City and Chula Vista. The ordinance establishes a defined set of requirements and procedures for existing and future fireworks display events that occur in and around San Diego Bay and the Imperial Beach Oceanfront to protect the health, safety, and welfare of people, property, and the environment.

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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.

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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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