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The Port of San Diego yesterday (March 19) released an 18-page set of restrictions governing the use and placement of news racks along bay front property under its jurisdiction.

The ordinance was first proposed last October, in order to “continue public access to the news racks and news publications, while controlling the number, placement and appearance of the news racks” while “provid[ing] unimpeded pedestrian access and ensur[ing] public safety.”

New rules will require owners of both paid and free-distribution newspapers to file applications and pay fees to register each owned distribution outlet, restricts their placement, and establishes a field enforcement program to effect the removal of any boxes or racks that are not properly placed or adequately maintained.

The Port will also maintain its own set of racks along the North Embarcadero, to which access will be determined by a lottery among interested parties.

New rules are set to take effect on July 13, and enforcement actions against noncompliant racks will begin after 120 days.

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