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The new Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier is causing controversy even before its public unveiling, scheduled for the weekend of December 18-19. The Port of San Diego will be hosting a celebratory open house on the 18th in honor of what they are calling the Luminous New Landmark on the Big Bay.

At 4:00 p.m., the Port will hold a pier dedication ceremony after a "blessing ceremony" by the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians. The free day of celebrations include food, radio personalities, carnival rides, and smooth-jazz music.

Sunday there is family fun capped off by the Parade of Lights - local boats bedecked in Christmas finery.

A blight on the festivities may include a maligning of the new Port Pavilion by the Orchids and Onions architectural review group in 2009 and 2010. The group stated in their "onion" award that "turning over the City’s important waterfront doorstep to commercial purposes erodes rather than supports this important community icon. By manipulating the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan and its associated approved environmental report they are constructing a non-compliant structure on one of the most important public spaces in our city.

"The North Embarcadero Visionary Plan envisioned four unobtrusive glass stair towers for visiting cruise ships. Since this is no longer allowed because of Homeland Security issues, the Port used this as an excuse to construct a complete second Cruise Ship Terminal on this public space. Instead of the view down Broadway of a grand celebratory space they will see another commercial enterprise obstructing the view of our bay."

Comments or the Orchids and Onions plans for the site in 2009 called the Pavilion a "wart on the waterfront" and an "abomination."

Starting December 18th, the public can decide for themselves.

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InOmbra Dec. 14, 2010 @ 7:06 p.m.

I think it's supposed to rain both days. The building cost $28 million; the bridge the CCDC built (and taxpayers paid for) for fatcats from the Hilton and Petco's skyboxes to walk over Harbor Drive, from the Hilton and Petco Park to the Convention Center, cost $26 million, I think. Which structure do you love the most?

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 14, 2010 @ 9:42 p.m.

the bridge the CCDC built (and taxpayers paid for) for fatcats from the Hilton and Petco's skyboxes to walk over Harbor Drive, from the Hilton and Petco Park to the Convention Center, cost $26 million

I hope it wasn't $26 million, if it was someone needs to be canned.

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BlueSouthPark Dec. 14, 2010 @ 10:10 p.m.

"The original price tag for the project was almost $13 million. Now it's almost $27 million. More than double."

Source: You Still Can't Get There from Here | NBC San Diego, Wed, Jun 23, 2010 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/around-town/real-estate/Bridge-Still-Under-Construction-96931034.html

And that was last June...I'm not sure if anyone has yet been able to walk across it, but it looms large, and not too handsomely, in my opinion, over Harbor Drive.

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 15, 2010 @ 8:38 a.m.

This is why the gov is so screwed up, where a projectr exceeds cost by over 100%.

There is a good reason the people dont trust gov today-and this pretty much exeplifyies it.

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Founder Dec. 15, 2010 @ 8:57 a.m.

All BIG City projects are now considered "Special" and are so gaudy that only the group that selected them like them... What we need is true public input on all projects over say $5,000 that wold allow everyone to vote instead of a small group of insiders...

Our public spaces are now being filled up with dedication plaques, phony art and "Un-cool" installations that are so NOT San Diego.

A few good examples like the Art sign along Park Boulevard near the Zoo and the "tree" near the Star of India are the sad exception!

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