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Attorney demands that port cease Broadway Pier construction

August 14, 2009 - 12:32 pm

An attorney for a citizens group that’s been critical of waterfront development sent a cease-and-desist letter to the San Diego Unified Port District this morning, demanding that the port stop construction on the new Broadway Pier cruise ship terminal. Last week, Eric Wolff wrote a story about how the port’s master plan, drawn up in 1998, envisioned a public park on the pier. But in 2005, the port reconfigured those plans, arguing that a park wasn’t practical. As Eric wrote:

The new vision eliminates the park. It converts the dedicated bike lane into a shared bike and pedestrian area. It extends a sidewalk embarcadero and other parts of the plaza to make up for the lost open space, and there will be a loading area for trucks where a park would have been.

The attorney, Cory Briggs, says in the letter that the permit issued to build the cruise ship terminal gave the port a two-year window to begin construction. Since the permit was issued on June 20, 2007, that means it expired almost two months ago. “[A]ny development activity without a current permit is illegal,” Briggs writes.

Briggs also argues that when the permit was issued in 2007, the cruise-ship terminal wasn’t part of the port’s master plan. (When the port reconfigured plans for the pier in 2005, it failed to also update its master plan.) According to the version of the master plan in effect when the permit was issued, there’s a promenade down the middle of the pier and “an oval park/plaza at the intersection of the pier and Harbor Drive.” Port officials have said that there’s no way to fit both the cruise-ship terminal and a park or promenade on the pier.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Cathy O'Leary Carey permalink
    August 15, 2009 - 1:39 pm 1:39 pm

    I applaud Attorney Briggs action and support his efforts to protect the park that was promised in the Port’s master plan.
    I am tired of the Port’s continuing rampage to wall off the bay and cater to the cruise ship industry and other commercial and private interests to the detriment of the citizens, residents and tourists.

  2. August 16, 2009 - 8:30 am 8:30 am

    I, too, say kudos to Mr. Briggs – one of the few who deserves to have the title ‘Esquire’ after his name.

  3. Tom Mullaney permalink
    August 16, 2009 - 9:44 pm 9:44 pm

    Without watchdogs like Mr. Briggs fighting for our rights, we citizens will get little or no open space on the waterfront. Our officials are willing to serve the cruise ship industry at the expense of the public.

  4. Ian Trowbridge permalink
    August 18, 2009 - 9:00 pm 9:00 pm

    And Cory is a joy to work with.

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