San Diego Business Journal

Court Backs Port District in Ship Terminal Suit

Friday, May 6, 2011

A court has sided with the Port of San Diego in a lawsuit filed by environmentalists over construction of a $28 million cruise ship terminal at Broadway Pier.

In a decision issued May 3, following a March 4 hearing, San Diego County Superior Court Judge Luis R. Vargas ruled that the terminal project did not violate terms of a coastal development permit and did not require additional environmental review under California Environmental Quality Act regulations.

The suit was filed last year by San Diego Navy Broadway Complex Coalition, which has made a series of legal challenges to waterfront development projects over the past few years.

The coalition had sought to block construction of the terminal while environmental and public access issues were addressed.

The new Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, which includes a cruise ship terminal and public events center, opened in December. The two-story, 52,000-square-foot building has room for approximately 2,500 ship passengers.

— Lou Hirsh