The Bahia Resort Hotel is trying to get the City of San Diego to approve an expansion of their leasehold, getting rid of Gleason Road, over 270 parking spaces and public access to the public beach at Bahia point which is one of the few areas where non-motorized, recreational watercraft can launch into Mission Bay. Currently, hundreds of San Diegans enjoy this area for picnics, wading, swimming, paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, outriggers, prone boards, and other types of non-motorized water recreational enjoyment.
I am running for City Council because the residents of District 2 are tired of not being included or informed of decisions the City is making without their knowledge. This is a decision involving the leasing of even further public property on the shores of Mission Bay to the Bahia Hotel, owned by the Evan Hotels group. The Bahia has already taken over the western side of the Bahia Point beach by placing shrubbery at the tip of the Bahia peninsula that effectively blocks off that part of the beach from public access. Furthermore, they have situated hotel lounge furniture throughout the beach, effectively making it a private beach on public land. In truth, all beaches in San Diego are public beaches, and we cannot allow the further encroachment on public lands by private, profit-driven entities taking advantage of our city.
As a candidate for San Diego City Council District 2, I am against the Bahia Hotel expansion taking away the current parking and public access to this invaluable and historic piece of San Diego’s coastline.
Read some of my previous statements on Bahia Point here: