Public Invited to View South Bay Power Plant Implosion

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PowerPlantThe Port of San Diego invites members of the public to witness a historic, long-anticipated event - the implosion of the South Bay Power Plant, which has been a fixture on the Chula Vista bayfront since the late 1950s.


Public viewing areas have been designated on the south side of Marina Way in Chula Vista to provide a safe place to watch the carefully executed implosion and enjoy newfound views of the horizon. The implosion, which will cause the structure to collapse, will take less than two minutes and will sound like rolling thunder.

The implosion is scheduled, conditions permitting, for Saturday, February 2, 2013, at 7 a.m. A limited amount of public parking will be available. The parking lot opens at 5 a.m.

About the Port:

The Port of San Diego is the fourth largest of the 11 ports in California. It was created by the state legislature in 1962. Since then, it has invested millions of dollars in public improvements in its five member cities – Chula VistaCoronadoImperial BeachNational City and San Diego.

The port oversees two maritime cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, 18 public parks, the Harbor Police Department and the leases of more than 600 tenant and sub tenant businesses around San Diego Bay.

The Port of San Diego is an economic engine, an environmental steward of San Diego Bay and the surrounding tidelands, and a provider of community services and public safety.


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