The Port of San Diego serves as a landlord to the businesses along the water’s edge of San Diego Bay, but folks don’t always agree about how that land should be used.

From the Convention Center to the marinas, hotels and restaurants, the Port of San Diego collects rent from its tenants and must approve all construction projects and developments. The Port’s board of commissioners – made up of delegates from San Diego, Coronado, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista and National City – calls the shots on which businesses get prime spots. And now, commissioners face some big decisions that could affect the region for years to come.

On this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia and Ashly McGlone lay out what hangs in the balance for the Convention Center expansion, a major vehicle importer and the Port itself.

    This article relates to: Land Use, San Diego Explained

    Written by Catherine Green

    Catherine Green is deputy editor at Voice of San Diego. She handles daily operations while helping to plan new long-term projects. You can contact her directly at or 619.550.5668. Follow her on Twitter: @c_s_green.

    Don Wood
    Don Wood subscriber

    Good piece, but the waterfront park in the video is the County Waterfront Park around the County Administration Center. Credit for

    creating that beautiful bayfront park has to go to Ron Roberts and the rest of the Board of Supervisors. To its credit, the Port did help create the nearby Ruocco Park and the pretty Lane Field park, memorializing the years the Padres played at the old Lane Field ballpark at Broadway and Harbor Drive.

    Bob Nelson
    Bob Nelson subscribermember

    @Don Wood Amen. The Port loves it but credit for the vision, tenacity, and funding goes to Ron Roberts and his colleagues, not the Port Commission. Ron has set a high bar -- now the Port needs to rise to the challenge.