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Mission Bay Facelift Decision Postponed

Storm drains bring urban runoff directly into the open water of Mission Bay o...

Photo by Matthew Bowler

Above: Storm drains bring urban runoff directly into the open water of Mission Bay on June 23, 2017.

The Mission Bay Park Committee put off a decision on a redevelopment option for the Campland and De Anza Cove area.

A long public process to completely reshape the northeast corner of Mission Bay produced two options that displeased environmentalists, campers and golfers.

Campers want a new location for Campland on the Bay and they suggest the empty De Anza Cove trailer park is perfect for them.

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Golfers want to retain access to the executive length 18 hole Mission Bay golf course.

In addition, ReWild Mission Bay wants to set more natural habitat as part of the redevelopment effort.

"Being able to restore wetlands at De Anza would help us correct this bay-wide imbalance that is constantly favoring commerce and recreation at the expense of the environment," said Rebecca Schwartz Lesberg of the Audubon Society.

City planners had to balance competing interests and shape the renovation project to fit as a vital part of the entire Mission Bay Aquatic Park.

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"We have a number of stakeholders, a number of user groups that utilize Mission Bay in its entirety, so we heard a lot of input on all the different uses and all the opportunities and we really had to take those 50 gallons of use and put it into a five-gallon bucket," said Alyssa Muto, San Diego's Deputy Director of Environment and Policy Analysis. She spoke with KPBS this past summer.

The Mission Bay Park Committee canceled a meeting where they were expected to pick between two options, but the delay is only temporary. The committee will have to vote before the options can be sent to the city council.

The push to reshape the northeast corner of Mission Bay will have to wait a bit longer.

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