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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.


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SurfPuppy619 Feb. 28, 2012 @ 11:30 p.m.

Is this going to be in the median in front of the red Sails Inn???? By the old Boll Weevil?


JustWondering Feb. 29, 2012 @ 1:16 p.m.

Same place as before; center island just west of the intersection of Anchorage Ln and Shelter Island Dr. (just west of the Red Sails restaurant) I'm just wondering how long it's going to be till some DUI driver coming out of one of the Humphrey's concert wipes it out. It's one thing to have a low grassy center island, quite a bit different to have a lighted entryway signage to draw the attention of a driver who is under the influence. Guess time will tell the tale.


JustWondering Feb. 29, 2012 @ 2:04 p.m.

I drove past it a couple of times today. It's not finished yet (missing the convex sail portions still) but it reminds me of the Art Deco look of the Loma Theaters' marquee (another Pt.Loma landmark) with its signage. Maybe the Port district will sell advertising space to Humphrey's for the upcoming concerts by the bay.


SurfPuppy619 Feb. 29, 2012 @ 3:14 p.m.

That median there is not that old, but that is a great spot for it.

I need to get down there and take a peak at it.

It is funny, they had a new episode of "Pit Boss" on last week (show about little people and Pit Bull dog rescue) and they filmed part of it on the Bali Hai patio, yet the show is based in Venice CA......I think Shelter Island is one of the nicest areas of San Diego.........


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