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No Pond 20 Project Proposals Received Yet

Despite public outreach, Port of San Diego staff have not received a single letter of interest for formal ideas about how to develop Pond 20.

No letters of interest have been received by the Port of San Diego with specific project proposals or ideas about how to develop Pond 20, a port official said.

The 95-acre plot of land lies near Imperial Beach in San Diego between Palm Avenue and the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

Letters of interest are part of a series of attempts by the port to include public opinion before port staff make a formal recommendation to the Port Commission this fall.

The call for proposals opened at the end of June and must be submitted by 2 p.m. Aug. 24.

If no letters are received, port staff will continue to form their recommendation based on opinions gathered at , said Marguerite Elicone with the Port of San Diego.

"We're still going to go before the board and present the project ideas that the public gave in the public meeting and we are considering the public comments," she said. "But there's still a few weeks left. We have about a month to go."

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Project proposals and ways to develop the land were received by the port in 2000. That deal fell through port staff said after the commercial project was deemed in violation of the Tidelands Trust, which does not allow any standard commercial development.

Letters must be sent to:

Pond 20 Letters of Interest
San Diego Unified Port District
Government Relations
P.O. Box 120488
San Diego, CA 92112-0488
Attn: Michelle White

Port staff will consult with the cities of Imperial and San Diego before a formal recommendation is made. A second round of public meetings are also planned.

Visit the port's Pond 20 website for specific instructions on how to write a letter.

Mark July 25, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Pond 20 "Does not allow any standard commercial development"??? We are doomed by stupidity. Commercial development is how we pay for green projects.
Nanci July 25, 2012 at 05:31 PM
What are the possibilities for a portion of that land to be used as a dog park? I would love to have a place CLOSER to home to let my dogs play!
Aj Schneller July 25, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Hopefully the Port of San Diego will work to support a progressive LOI that facilitates economic gain for the stakeholder cities through the sale of mitigation credits to existing Port Tenants in need of mitigation sites. This scenario will alos accomplish coastal habitat restoration, recovery of endangered species, preservation of open space, passive recreation, environmental learning, public art, and a revitalization of an amazing viewshed to the north. The last thing Palm Ave. needs is more concrete and retail. Ample spaces in S. San Diego are available for urban redevelopment, places that have already been paved and impacted otherwise. But instead of posting your comments here, why not tell the Port? Public comments form the public are still being accepted at: http://www.portofsandiego.org/pond-20/public-comments.html Or sign the community petition to protect the property here: http://www.change.org/petitions/protect-pond-20-an-ecological-gem-in-south-san-diego-2
Mark July 25, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Nanci, you may have something. Make it into a park, with a fenced in dog area. Also build a small dam, and fill it in with salt water (readily available). Include a launch ramp from small non powered boats. (maybe allow electric motors) This would allow a small sail or paddle only lake for children to learn to sail, and row small boats in a safe area. (Nothing over 14 feet in length). It could also be stocked with plenty of fish from the ocean for local fishing. Businesses would be created to provide snacks, rent bicycles, small row boats, small sail boats, fishing, pet needs, and bird watching stuff. It would good looking and would bring some positive economic development to the area.
Nanci July 25, 2012 at 09:20 PM
That would work just fine Mark! =) Jobs and DOGS... A great solution !
Kendal Sharp July 26, 2012 at 06:12 PM
LOVE that idea!
Jacki F July 27, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Dogs may disturb nesting birds. My concern is also with dog waste. Unfortunately, even OB's dog beach has unscrupulous owners and there are lots of "beach brownies." Don't forget that the land in question is within San Diego. I suggest you go before the IB City Council. There was a vote in January 2011 to look into developing a dog park. This is the link to the article in the Patch. http://imperialbeach.patch.com/articles/imperial-beach-closer-to-leash-free-dog-beach Sounds like IB Yappy is lobbying for a dog beach. Perhaps you can contact them.
Mark July 27, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Jacki F, put the dog area close to Palm. Then they become part of the white noise of the road. Maybe during nesting season, the dog part is closed.

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