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Marine Terminals’ Economic Value

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Aired 4/19/09

 A study of San Diego’s two Marine Terminals estimates almost 20 thousand jobs in the region depend  on cargo operations at National City and Tenth Avenue.

The report examines how an Initiative on the November ballot could affect those jobs. 

KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Developers  propose to put a second story over the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal to create new bay front real estate. They want voters to decide on the project in November.

Erik Bruvald is with San Diego’s Institute for Policy Research , which did the study.  He says the Marine Terminals aren’t in the public eye, but they contribute more to the San Diego economy than other more visible commercial activities.

 

Bruvald :  It would take four and a half Super Bowls every year, or hosting a U.S. Open every month to equal the impact of the two marine terminals.

 

Bruvald says  the plan to “double decker” the Tenth Avenue Terminal  would threaten 800  well paid dock jobs at the terminal , and thousands more jobs that depend on the cargo passing through.

 

Carolyn Chase, with the development partnership backing t he plan , dismisses these fears.

 

Chase : There’s nothing in the Initiative that gets rid of marine activity, the deck is stepped is stepped back so that when ships pull up there is a place to unload. 

 

Chase  argues it is technically feasible to build a 40 foot high deck over the terminal that wont affect cargo operations.

 

Alison St John KPBS news.

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