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Coastal Commission to Consider San Diego Timeshare Hotel Project

The Port of San Diego wants to redevelop four acres of land on Harbor Island. The Port is asking the state coastal commission to approve the plan. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Coastal Commission to Consider San Diego Timeshare Hotel Project

The Port of San Diego wants to redevelop four acres of land on Harbor Island . The Port is asking the state coastal commission to approve the plan. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

The Port wants to use the property for a 140-suite hotel-resort development that would include 40 timeshare units. But the Port needs the approval of the state coastal commission.

Coastal Commissioners already rejected a development permit for the Woodfin Suites Timeshare Hotel on the same property. Now the Port is asking Commissioners to approve a change in the Port Master Plan that would pave the way for the project.

But Graham Forbes with the San Diego Hotel-Restaurant Employees Union says the timeshares limit public use.

Forbes : The Coastal Act is very clear in terms of providing adequate supply of affordable accommodations for folks. And we also feel that timeshares go against that and that they restrict access for a large number of folks.

Developers like the timeshares since they can get upfront money by selling the units to finance the project. The Coastal Commission holds a public hearing on the Port's request Thursday in Los Angeles.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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