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Port of San Diego Officially Dedicates New Shelter Island Boat Launch Facility

The Port of San Diego, along with community leaders and boating enthusiasts, officially dedicated the new Shelter Island Boat Launch Facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

“This state-of-the-art boat launch facility will allow more people to safely and quickly get out and enjoy our San Diego Bay,” said Garry Bonelli, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. “The Shelter Island Boat Launch Facility handles more boaters than any such facility in the entire State of California. It’s one of many projects being added to jumpstart the Port’s ‘renaissance on the bay.’”

The project had been years in the making and included extensive public outreach. In November 2015, the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Division of Boating and Waterways awarded the Port $6.1 million in grant funding for the project. In March 2016, the State of California Wildlife Conservation Board awarded the Port $3.5 million for it. The funding allowed the Port to move forward with the project, which completely demolished the former Shelter Island Boat Launch Facility and replaced it with a larger, more modern and safer facility.

In addition to Chairman Bonelli, other speakers at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were the Port’s President and CEO, Randa Coniglio; Douglas M. Metz, Board member, California Boating & Waterways Commission; and John Donnelly, Executive Director, State of California Wildlife Conservation Board.

The Shelter Island Boat Launch Facility was originally constructed in the 1950s and underwent upgrades in 1976 and 2005. It is believed to be the busiest boat launch in California, with approximately 50,000 launches per year.

The project enlarged the maneuvering area in the facility’s basin, added longer boarding floats, a public walking platform with viewing areas, and new signage and lighting.

Delivered within budget, the new facility was constructed by R.E. Staite Engineering and designed by Triton Engineering, both local companies. The total construction cost was approximately $9.6 million.



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.

About Port of San Diego Waterfront Development

Port of San Diego Waterfront Development contributes to the continuous prosperity of the local economy.

From Real Estate to Aquaculture and Blue Tech, the Port invests in major redevelopment and community infrastructure, so businesses in our region have the opportunity to stay competitive in the global marketplace.