The Port of San Diego has one main responsibility, to manage the San Diego Bay and surrounding waterfront land. It was created by the State Legislature on December 18th, 1962.
The Port of San Diego provide community benefit and economic vitality by giving a balanced approach to tourism, water and land recreation, public safety, maritime industry as well as environmental stewardship. There are currently 11 ports in California and The Port of San Diego is the fourth largest. There are five member cities; San Diego, Coronado, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach and National City. The Port of San Diego has invested hundreds of millions of dollars into public improvements in these cities.
The Port of San Diego oversees two cruise ship terminals, two maritime cargo terminals, the Harbor Police Department, 18 public parks as well as hundreds of tenants and sub tenants around the San Diego Bay. There are seven members that govern the Board of Port Commissioners; one commissioner each is appointed by the city councils of Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City and Chula Vista. The San Diego council get to appoint three commissioners.
The Port of San Diego has a very informative website where they post recent news and happenings taking place around the Downtown San Diego area as well as an interactive map with more information about redevelopments and real estate projects. As a Downtown San Diego Real Estate investor, resident and visitor it is of importance to know about upcoming construction projects, city happenings and fesitvals. For more information visit the Port of San Diego at www.portofsandiego.org.
Downtown San Diego offer so many fun things to do around the city and as a Downtown San Diego resident one of the perks are the many community happenings are that we are getting access to it without having to fight for parking. One of the yearly events is the Downtown San Diego Half Marathon that is taking place in our beautiful Gaslamp Quarter on March 10th.
The race is a 13.1 mile marathon and the intention with this race is to raise money and to support the communities in San Diego. This is also the time to appreciate and celebrate the unique characters of the different neighborhoods of Downtown San Diego as well as other parts of this sunny city.
There are two different options to choose between as an attendee. You can either pay $109 for the Half Marathon or $49 for the 5k race. Attendees will receive a premium T-short (5k), a free customizable bib for your name as well as a Gear bag and a collectible finisher’s medal. The Gaslamp Quarter of Downtown San Diego is where the start and the finish will be so come on down to attend, celebrate or just hang out with friends and family for a fun filled day. For more information about the Downtown San Diego Half Marathon 2013 visit SD Half Marathon.
At the end of World War II, a sailor grabbed a nurse and kissed her just as the US celebrated Japan’s surrender. The sailor’s action has been the inspiration to the “Kiss” statue that has been dedicated to the Columbia District in Downtown San Diego. The statue brings back a lot of memories for many.
The welcoming ceremony of the statue was held last Saturday in Downtown San Diego along the waterfront right next to the USS Midway Museum. This was a moment many would not want to miss out on as there was several renewals of vows by couples who married during World War II as well as a presentation of cherry trees donated by the Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego. The “Kiss” statue is made out of Bronze and stand 25 feet tall and is hard to miss should you be out for a stroll or boat ride in Downtown San Diego.
This statue replaced a former almost identical statue that was on loan. The loan statue is owned by the Santa Monica based non-profit Sculpture Foundation and has been sent to New Jersey for a facelift. This new “Kiss” statue in Downtown San Diego is here to stay and has been paid for by private donations.
As many of you already know, the San Diego Coronado Bridge is on its way to receive a lighting face lift. The Port of San Diego has partnered with the San Diego Foundation to work together on the Coronado Bridge lighting funding strategy. According to the Ports recent article ”Port Partners with San Diego Foundation on Bridge Lighting Funding Strategy” a vote was completed to provide a $75,000 seed funding to raise about $6 million to $8 million dollars needed for the project.
The project will include programmable colored LED lighting that will bring Coronado and Downtown San Diego residents inspiration as well as attracting new residents and visitors. It will be a view to enjoy from any Downtown San Diego Condo but many are also worried about if the new lighting scenarios will disturb auto drivers while passing through the area. Check out the video above for more info.
The Port of San Diego has reached its 50 year anniversary as the agency in 1962 was created by the state legislature. The port is in charge of the environmental steward of 6,000 acres around the San Diego Bay and Downtown San Diego (Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City and San Diego) to create community service and public safety to all residents and tourism including Downtown San Diego Condo and Downtown San Diego Loft home owners. There are 11 ports in California and the San Diego Port is the fourth largest.
Half of the acres they represent are half water, half land and about 40 percent is under the jurisdiction of federal government including the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. There are two marine cargo terminals included in their responsibilities, the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal as well as the National City Marine Terminal. The port has its own Harbor Police Department that includes the Marine Fire fighting service. They serve about 600 tenants and subtenants including hotels, restaurants, marina, sport-fishing landings, mom and pops ice cream shops and shipbuilders. Not to mention more than 250 acres of public parks. Since the agency was established in 1962, more than 1.7 billion has been invested in public improvement projects.
Anything can happen during December Nights at Balboa Park as you can see in the video above. This year’s holiday celebration is expecting more than 300,000 visitors to come join the 35th holiday spirit event with food, entertainment, free entrance and music in Downtown San Diego.
December Nights is San Diego’s largest community event and starts this Friday at 5pm and will go through the weekend to Saturday evening around 10pm. As we all know, parking can be limited even though the park offers free parking. There will be shuttles going from San Diego City College as well as Petco Park in the East Village should you want to avoid the crowds.
For the past week or so…if you have been walking behind Petco Park in the East Village, you would have noticed an unusual amount of construction. Since I am a Downtown Broker and pride myself on knowing about all the current Downtown San Diego Real Estate construction projects, this was a mystery to me. So, you could imagine my surprise when I saw huge towers (almost equaling the height of the Petco Park stands) being raised yesterday.
The flags on the towers all read “Cavalia“. After “goggling” the name…I discovered that Cavalia is a show very similar to Cirque du Soleil, but with horses. Turns out…one of the co-founders of the popular Cirque Du Soleil, Normand Latourelle is the creator of the show entitled: “A Magical Encounter Between Human and The Horse”. Apparently, the show is quite a production that travels all over the world. According to its press release…the production is quite elaborate and includes: 50 horses featuring 42 riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers, and musicians from all over the world.
Residents of the East Village can expect the show to run through the end of November. Tickets for this performance start at $40 all the way up to $220 for VIP seating. Events like this are the best part of the Downtown San Diego lifestyle. You never really know what is going to come into “your back yard”.
Halloween is approaching Downtown San Diego with storm and we can see stores becoming sold out as we are all pumping up to get this year’s celebration to the top.
This yearly holiday known as All Hallows Eve is celebrated on Oct 31st…this year on a Wednesday and there are so many different choices out there on where to go and how to celebrate.
Why not go to the Haunted Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter, the Monster Bash or go experience the Haunted Trail up in Balboa Park. We have gathered some links below with some of the options out there for the 2012 Halloween celebration in and around the San Diego area.
The annual Dog Days of Summer at Petco Park is here once again. Bring your pet and head down to the Padres game on July 17th for a free night of mingle and baseball fun.
You will have to fill out an application to be able to join and you can visit any Petco store in the San Diego area to pick one up. There will be a dog parade so make sure you dress your pet accordingly. Many choose Padres outfits, bikers and so much more.
According to the article “Work Continues on North Embarcadero Project” the San Diego Business Journal reports that repaving has reached just north of the intersection of B Street and North Harbor Drive. Construction projects during the day will continue between Ash and F streets. For traffic heading east on West Broadway between North Harbor and Pacific Highway, the street will remain closed for an additional two months. USS Cal builders are still constructing a new median and continues work on the southern half of the street.
As work continues on the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan 1, various streets and intersections will inevitably be open and close through time. Once completed, the bay will be much more beautiful and accessible to anyone living or visiting Downtown San Diego.