Port Authority Board gives OK for proposed luxury hotel to be built on Harbor Island

SAN DIEGO - A luxury hotel with one of the best views in San Diego is one step closer to being built after the Port Authority Board gave the developer a green light Tuesday.

The Sunroad hotel would include 500 rooms, conference rooms, a restaurant and parking.

"I am so frustrated that developers dictate what happens at the port because we all should have a voice in this and shouldn't just be about what their financing allows them to do," said critic Bridgette Browning.

Browning brought up several issues at this public hearing including not enough hotel parking. But Sunroad developer Uri Feldman argues there will be enough. Browning also worries about the proposed hotels blocking the view of the ocean.

"The thing is, you're going to completely wall off the end of East Harbor Island and there's hardly any parcels left where people can get to the waterfront," said Browning. "I just don't understand why you do it."

Feldman said, "The one larger hotel was originally looked at and coastal's comment was they'd prefer it not to be a single large structure. They prefer it to be a smaller structure so this one is actually responding to coastal comments."

Plans for the hotel have been in the works since 2008. Developers will next go to the California Coastal Commission to get its approval.

There is no set date on when they plan to break ground if all goes well. Opponents say they plan to fight the project until the end.

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