Port of San Diego commissioners have approved a measure calling for waterfront property that includes the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal to be developed solely for maritime uses.

Commissioners voted 7-0 on Feb. 14 to back a resolution drafted by port staff, affirming past planning by the port district to expand maritime operations at the 96-acre site in downtown San Diego.

The action followed a proposal put forth last month by the editorial board of U-T San Diego, calling for the waterfront land to be developed as a sports and entertainment complex, and for marine terminal operations to be shifted elsewhere on San Diego Bay.

The 10th Avenue terminal, located off Harbor Drive, is home to shipping and storage facilities of companies including Dole Fresh Fruit Co., San Diego Refrigerated Services Inc. and Cemex Construction Materials Pacific LLC, under lease agreements with the port district.

A port district statement said the Port of San Diego is the fourth largest of 11 deep-water ports in California, and one of only two natural harbors in the state. Officials said the port’s strategic business plan is aligned with recently announced federal initiatives aimed at doubling U.S. exports by 2015.

— Lou Hirsh