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Port of San Diego Invites Public to Board Workshop on Future Planning for the North Embarcadero

Continuing robust public outreach efforts for its Port Master Plan Update (PMPU) process, the Port of San Diego invites the public to an upcoming Board Workshop to further discuss, receive and listen to public and stakeholder feedback regarding future planning for the North Embarcadero area known as “San Diego’s front porch.” The North Embarcadero is where cruise ships dock and boasts landmarks including the USS Midway Museum, the Maritime Museum, and the newly opened Portside Pier, an over-the-water multi-restaurant venue by The Brigantine, Inc.

The Board Workshop is scheduled for 12 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, and will be held virtually – the Board of Port Commissioners will participate remotely, and the Board Chambers will be closed to the public. See below for a link to the agenda and information on how the public can participate in the workshop.

The Port Master Plan is a water and land use plan that allows for and encourages a diverse range of uses on and around San Diego Bay, helps protect and restore the natural environment, provides and ensures coastal access to explore and enjoy, and protects and promotes coastal dependent and coastal-related uses (such as fishing, maritime, cargo shipping).

The Port Master Plan provides a mix of goals and policies to guide existing uses and activities, as well as future development and management of San Diego Bay and the surrounding waterfront. The Port is updating its Port Master Plan to reflect changes in the needs and priorities of Californians and the region’s growth since the current plan was approved in 1981 – nearly 40 years ago. The Port’s objective for the PMPU process is to create a holistic, thoughtful, and balanced approach to future water and land uses on and around San Diego Bay for generations to come.

The Port released a Discussion Draft of the PMPU in 2019 and, based on public and stakeholder feedback, is working to complete and release for public review and feedback the Revised Draft PMPU in the fall of 2020. Soon after, the Port will circulate the Draft Program Environmental Impact Report for public review as well. In 2021, the Port anticipates completing the environmental review process per the California Environmental Quality Act, followed by processing with the California Coastal Commission as the final step for the PMPU.

The Port has prioritized community outreach and engagement about the PMPU through numerous public events, stakeholder involvement opportunities and public meetings of the Board of Port Commissioners. Since 2013, the Port has been involved in 370 meetings with key stakeholders and partner agencies; held 37 public Board workshops; hosted 19 open house and community meetings where members of the public and stakeholders engaged with and provided feedback to Port staff and Commissioners; and conducted two online surveys.

For more information about the PMPU process and to sign up to receive updates, go to

Information for public participation during the August 4 PMPU North Embarcadero Board Workshop:
Due to COVID-19 public health orders that restrict public meetings, the Board of Port Commissioners will attend the meeting and participate remotely. Additionally, the Board Chambers will be closed to the public. Members of the public may view the meeting via livestream at Remote public comment is available for this meeting by doing one of the following no later than 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 4, 2020:

  1. Call 619.736.2155 and leave a brief voicemail message (no longer than three minutes) that will be played during the meeting.
  2. Email a request to provide live comment to to receive a link to participate in the meeting to provide live comments.
  3. Submit written comments to which will be forwarded to the Board and included in the agenda-related materials record for the meeting.
About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.