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Imperial Beach Hopes New Hotel Draws Tourists, Spurs Redevelopment

Evening Edition

Aired 1/8/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Jim Janney, mayor, Imperial Beach

Cindy Gompper-Graves, CEO, South County Economic Development Council


A new beachfront resort is about to open in San Diego. It's newly designed, it includes a new Cohn restaurant and it's built literally right on the sand.

But, you may be surprised by its location. The new Pier South hotel is in Imperial Beach.

The construction is part of an effort to breathe new economic life into a region of San Diego County often overlooked by both tourists and investors. And Imperial Beach is pinning a lot of hope on the success of the new hotel, which has been a decade in the making.

Pier South begins taking reservations Jan. 15. The restaurant, SEA 180° Coastal Tavern, opened last month.

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aztec69 | January 8, 2014 at 11:50 a.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

Right on the sand, huh? Based on what I saw in The Netherlands in the 1980s and how global warming then was effecting the rise in water levels on their coast and below sea level lands, I calculate that just about the time the mortgage on this place is paid off the sea levels will have risen high enough to put the entire first floor under water I hope the Cohns have planned to have a under water restaurant (Remember the old Marine Room in La Jolla?) with fresh seafood. Seriously, I hope this place does well. IB deserves some good news for a change.

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IBpopquiz | January 8, 2014 at 7:59 p.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

As an IB resident for 50+ years, i find the sales pitch of the "classic southern California" beach town very contradictory to the mayors and city councils actions. They are going to restrict and reduce traffic on the highway 75 and increase traffic. They recently voted for much higher density and less parking. What is being shoved down the residents throat is the the same crap that has ruined just about every cool beach city in California. More and more and more. More people, more cars, more noise, less parking. The mayor is a shill for the out of town carpet baggers and fly by night investors. Currently my city is installing more street lights near the hotel while most of the rest of the city remains dark. Mayor Janney even said it was the "best lit street in the city" before they voted. There is a core of selfish investors that could care less about any of the residents. They are not from here, and will bail out after they are done taking everything they can. We should be thankful for the non stop flow of Mexican sewage. It has held the shamwow investor away for years. It you do come to IB, stay by the lifeguards. The steep fast waves and strong rips can kill you quickly. Also grit your teeth while in the water, it keeps out the big chunks. Mayor Janney is a lame duck and the elections cant come soon enough for many locals.

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