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Public Invited to Board Workshop on Future Planning for Central Embarcadero & Commercial Fishing

Continuing robust public outreach efforts during the drafting and discussion of the Port Master Plan Update (PMPU), which has been a priority project since 2017, the Port of San Diego invites the public to attend an upcoming Board Workshop regarding future planning for the Central Embarcadero and baywide commercial fishing policy concepts.

The Board Workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2019, and will be held at the Port of San Diego Administration Building, 3165 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101. During this workshop, Port Commissioners will continue discussion of the Central Embarcadero that began with a public survey released in December, an Open House on January 30, and a Board Workshop on February 12. A Board Workshop held on February 25 focused on the North Embarcadero.

The Central Embarcadero includes Seaport Village, The Fish Market restaurant, The Headquarters, and others. In addition to its prominent place on the waterfront of downtown San Diego, the Central Embarcadero is also a hub for the commercial fishing industry and its open-air seafood market, the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market.

Commercial fishing is a protected and priority use for the Port of San Diego. The Port Act requires that the Port develop and maintain tidelands and navigable waters for the promotion of fisheries, along with commerce, navigation and recreation. The Port is the home of San Diego’s commercial fishing fleet with two designated commercial fishing harbors - Tuna Harbor and Driscoll’s Wharf – which support the legacy and potential of the commercial fishing industry and its workers.

These workshops are among a series of public events that began in 2017 to include Board, public, and stakeholder feedback in the discussion and drafting of the PMPU, the culmination of the Port’s Integrated Planning initiative. Often referred to as “the future of the Port,” this initiative will guide the future of approximately 6,000 acres of land and water within the Port’s jurisdiction along the San Diego Bay waterfront. 

Launched in 2013, Integrated Planning will ensure a holistic, thoughtful, and balanced approach to future land and water uses for generations to come, codified in a Port Master Plan Update. The Port has prioritized community outreach and engagement through numerous public events, stakeholder involvement opportunities and public meetings of the Board of Port Commissioners. Since 2013, the Port has hosted nearly 50 public meetings and events, including Board meetings and workshops, where members of the public and stakeholders engaged with and provided feedback to Port staff and Commissioners on the PMPU process, proposed land and water uses, goals and policy concepts for the PMPU. The award-winning outreach associated with this initiative continues with the Discussion Draft of the PMPU anticipated to be released for public review in April 2019.

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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.