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City of San Diego, environmental groups debate future of De Anza Cove

Posted at 9:57 AM, Jun 05, 2019

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The future of De Anza Cove, at the northeast corner of San Diego’s Mission Bay, remains up in the air.

City officials have proposed a multi-year extension of the Campland on the Bay lease at De Anza Cove. Additionally, Campland would also receive a multi-year lease to operate an RV park in the area.

Campland is pledging $16 million in improvements, including clearing out old abandoned mobile homes and cleaning up De Anza Cove.

However, some groups believe the city of San Diego should focus on a so-called “rewild” plan that would restore the area’s wetlands but allow for some camping.

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography wants to use federal and state funding to expand marshlands across Mission Bay, which would preserve the site.

Several environmental groups say they are worried that Campland’s investments into De Anza Cove and improvements means the city has already decided against the “rewild” plan.

A decision on the lease extension was not made at a Tuesday evening meeting, but environmental groups plan to present an updated “rewild” plan to the Bay Park Planning Committee in the coming days.