Changes Were Initially Approved in April, Rolled Back to Allow for Further Stakeholder Involvement
As part of efforts to facilitate public access to the waterfront, the Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners approved the purchase and installation of 520 solar-powered Smart Meters and established a new per-hour range of parking meter rates from $1.00 to $2.50 at its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.
In addition, the Board authorized the Port's CEO to adjust parking rates based on market demand at Port public parking lots and garages. The rate adjustments cannot exceed the rates already approved by the Board in 2013. This will allow rates to be adjusted at parking lots and garages with excess vacancy to increase demand.
As part of efforts to support a vibrant and active waterfront, the Port of San Diego is preparing to open a competitive selection process for redeveloping a flagship waterfront site currently operated as Anthony's Fishette, Fish Grotto & Star of the Sea Room.
This is a rare opportunity for a highly qualified team to pursue a redevelopment on one of the most prominent and desirable waterfront restaurant sites in Southern California. Anthony's Fish Grotto of La Mesa has held a lease on the property since 1965. That 52-year lease expires January 31, 2017, presenting an opportunity for the Port to explore options, test the market and ultimately select the best possible team to maximize the potential of the site at 1360 North Harbor Drive in the City of San Diego.
The Port of San Diego is taking proactive steps to aggressively reduce water use as part of its response to Governor Jerry Brown's Executive Order on April 1, 2015, declaring a drought State of Emergency in the state of California and in response to new regulations from the State Water Resources Control Board.
The Board of Port Commissioners heard a report on Port water use at its regular meeting on May 12, 2015.
Water conservation has been a focus area for the Port in recent years. The Port often exceeds environmental mandates, undertaking "beyond compliance" projects throughout the bay, and the agency reduced water usage well ahead of the recent mandates. The Port used 187,904 hundred cubic feet (HCF) of water in Fiscal Year 2013 and 179,904 HCF of water in Fiscal Year 2014, a 4 percent decrease. On average, 65 percent of the water used by the Port was used to provide irrigation for landscaping in parks, medians and other open spaces located throughout the tidelands.