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Local philanthropist Darlene Shiley has donated $5 million to Scripps Clinic to support advanced orthopedic care and research. The Donald P. and Darlene V. Shiley Musculoskeletal Center, on the first floor of the Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines Anderson Outpatient Pavilion in La Jolla, will provide patients with a range of medical services and centralized programs all in one place.
The battle over tourism marketing and tourism’s very future in San Diego is being waged at City Hall and in the courts. But what’s being lost in the drama that surrounds the battle are the jobs that could be lost as a result of this political brinksmanship.
American Airlines will begin nonstop daily service between San Diego and Miami on June 12, marking the first direct flights to that city from San Diego International Airport in 20 years.
TOURISM: Investors Ride to the Rescue of Luxury Desert Resort
A trio of prominent local investors, including former San Diego City Manager Jack McGrory, has restored the name La Casa del Zorro to the closed Borrego Springs resort they recently purchased in a short sale for $2.45 million.
GAMING: New Viejas Hotel Is Part of Trend Toward More Amenities
San Diego County casinos are giving prospective gamblers more chances to turn a getaway into an overnight stay.
TRAVEL: Airport’s Green Renovation Is On Time and on Budget
After nearly five years of construction, the $1 billion Green Build project is nearing its final approach at San Diego International Airport, with the energy-efficient expansion set for an August completion.
BUILDING: Leaders See Opportunity to Create Aerotropolis at Gillespie
The East County business community has the world at its doorstep. The valley where the city of El Cajon meets Santee is a nexus of three freeways and an airport. With those assets, El Cajon’s Gillespie Field could increasingly shape business and development for several miles outside of its perimeter fence.
TRAVEL: Eight Airports Handle Big Amount of Traffic
San Diego is an aviator’s paradise, what with multiple airfields capable of handling the largest to the smallest aircraft, and generating hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars, each year in economic activity.
News and notes from communities around San Diego County
The Terraces, a 190-unit apartment community in Escondido, has been sold for $23.4 million.
The Grand Del Mar resort in Carmel Valley has received three Five-Star awards in the latest Forbes Travel Guide. The 5-year-old property was the only one in San Diego County and one of just six nationwide to receive the highest award in three categories for 2013.
DINING: Project Pie Targets Work Crowd, Scouts Locations
For those willing to stop by his new fast-casual pizza eateries instead of having it delivered, Carlsbad-based restaurateur James Markham says he’s got “30 minutes or less” beat by a mile. His operating recipe calls for made-to-order pies in about two minutes.
A number of East County businesses are teaming up to hold a half marathon and 5K footrace on March 17, an idea originally sparked by the 2012 leadership class of the East County Chamber of Commerce. The race through parts of El Cajon and Rancho San Diego will give runners a whirlwind tour of the two communities, organizers said.
TOURISM: Mayor Says It’s a ‘Bad Deal’ for City, Seeks Major Changes
Efforts to market San Diego to visitors remain in limbo amid political and legal feuding over implementation of a recently renewed Tourism Marketing District, with the region’s main tourism promotion agency mulling staffing and other cuts that could occur later this year.
Hotel del Coronado recently received the “Chairman’s Award’ as Hotel of the Year for 2013, at a recent annual conference of Associated Luxury Hotels International held in Las Vegas.
Operators have completed a $12 million renovation of Loews Coronado Bay Resort, following phased-in work on the 440-room Coronado property over the past nine months.