Past attempts to expand the San Diego Convention Center have failed over the years – so what’s stopping the mayor’s newest expansion endeavor from flopping? Bob Nelson, a longtime public relations maven and former Port of San Diego commissioner, joined hosts Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts on the podcast this week to offer his insights on the […]

On this week’s podcast, Andrew Keatts and Sara Libby discuss a plan for Seaport Village that took a step forward this week, a tense Council exchange over a proposal to change city elections and Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s opposition to Prop. 57. Plus: Highlights from this week’s Meeting of the Minds event.

The Port must grapple with a fundamental question as it considers the proposals for the future of Seaport Village: How much say should a single developer have over public land? It also must consider what’s suitable for public waterfront property in the first place, whether each plan is consistent with the Port’s vision and what’s best for its budget.

The Port has decided to let developers shape major overhauls of Seaport Village and Harbor Island before it finalizes a comprehensive master plan for the waterfront. That means it is private developers, not public officials, who are framing the discussion of the bay’s future.

Chula Vista and Port of San Diego officials are hoping to entice developers with something rare in California: the promise of hassle-free waterfront development. Chula Vista’s space is one of the largest developable waterfront properties left on the West Coast.