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The Port of San Diego has announced a series of meetings, beginning this Thursday at 4:30 at the Port’s administration building on Pacific Highway, to address the issue of news racks that dot the bayfront and implement a new ordinance to restrict their placement and use.

“The ordinance is being developed to continue public access to the news racks and news publications, while controlling the number, placement and appearance of the news racks,” reads a release from the Port.

Port authorities say that changes in the placement of news racks, which include coin-operated vending machines for the U-T San Diego and national dailies, as well as free distribution boxes for publications such as the Reader, are necessary for both pedestrian safety and access to bayfront walkways.

Two more meetings are scheduled for November 1 and November 8, both also at the Port’s Pacific Highway offices. At the final meeting on the 8th a draft of the ordinance is expected to be adopted for consideration by the Port Board of Commissioners sometime in December.

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