11:13 a.m., Sept. 26
New Signage for Shelter Island
After a long wait, Shelter Island is finally getting its own entryway monument.
On Friday, City Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer will join Lou Smith, chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners, and San Diego Port Tenants Association president Sharon Cloward at a ribbon cutting ceremony in the parking lot of a restaurant near the spot where a 25’ high and 12’ wide sign will grace the median of Shelter Island Drive near Anchorage Lane.
“The new sign will give Shelter Island the grand entrance it deserves,” says Smith. It will feature three aluminum sails, travertine tile, a waterfall, and LED lighting for blue “Shelter Island” lettering that will glow white after dark. Names of area businesses will also be included.
The Port originally began work on a landscaping and streets improvement project in the 1970s, which was to include “an entry sign and an iconic sail sculpture.” The project was completed in 1984, but the sign turned out less visible than imagined and the sculpture was never completed. Shelter Island tenants and Port officials revived the idea in 2007, and began to move forward with a request for proposals in 2010.
Total cost for the sign is listed at $113,000, and will be paid from the Port’s major maintenance budget as a replacement for the 1984 sign and the original sculpture that never materialized. Tenants are then expected to cover maintenance costs.