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The California Coastal Commission's June 14 vote granting a permit to demolish the South Bay power plant is something to celebrate. However, it will be a while until residents dance on the power plant site.

Chula Vista deputy mayor Steve Castaneda, Linda Wagner, aide to the deputy mayor, among other city and port officials, testified before the commission about the need to take the defunct power plant down. The commissioners' vote was unanimous.

Now Chula Vista has to issue a demolition permit. In a June 20 interview Wagner said, "I'd love to get out there with a blow torch right now and start the process." But Wagner is also concerned about the environmental issues. She said the "first window of opportunity for the city to issue the demolition permit will be between September 15-November 15---after nesting season."

According to the port website, the demolition, which will include implosion of the major structures, "is expected to generate about 21,000 tons of recyclable metals, including iron, steel, aluminum and copper. It may also generate up to 3,400 tons of other non-hazardous waste, such as wood or plastic, which will be recycled and salvaged when feasible."

Ultimately, as Mayor Cheryl Cox commented on the port's website, the commissioners' decision "helps us move closer to creating a world-class resort and residential destination on our portion of San Diego Bay."

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