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No Cays RV Park!

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Please sign our petition opposing a developer’s latest plan for a hotel complex on North Grand Caribe Isle in the Coronado Cays. The developer calls the proposal an “RV Resort,” but the developer's graphics show a MASSIVE hotel complex that would destroy North Grand Caribe Isle.

Details are below, but the inescapable conclusions are that the proposal would:

  1. Increase traffic from delivery trucks, RVs and cars in the Cays, crowding our single, circular entrance, clogging the main roads and adding to our existing parking problems!
  2. Eliminate Grand Caribe Shoreline Park and build a bathroom across from Kingston Village!
  3. Ruin existing, publicly accessible views of the South Bay!
  4. Bring excessive noise and night light to our residential community!
  5. Adversely impact the residential character of the Cays!

Five reasons to oppose this proposal:

First, the developer misrepresents the project as an RV resort, which it is not. The current proposal shows a hotel. There are concrete driveways adjacent to the 47 proposed buildings that could accommodate RVs, but no RVs are shown in the developer’s graphics. The take-away is that the developer wants to pass this off as an RV resort to suggest it that it is intended to be less costly to guests than a hotel. Whether this is a hotel or an RV development (are the drawings vague on purpose?), both would cause serious and irreparable harm to the community.

Second, the Port of San Diego already rejected a hotel proposal from the developer. The developer doesn’t own the property, but leases it from the Port of San Diego, which has an extensive process for approving development proposals. The developer proposed a hotel for the property in 2020, and the Port rejected it.

The Port’s June 5, 2020 letter to the developer objected to his “entire plan” and labelled "wholly without merit" and "disingenuous" the developer’s claims that the Port had indicated support for the project. The Port emphasized that a hotel on this property would be out of place as “too intense for the quiet nature of the surrounding areas” (traffic, parking issues and noise) and noted strong community opposition to past hotel proposals. The harm posed by an RV resort would only be worse given the noise from diesel engines, generators and the need for sewage hook-ups.

Third, a proposed hotel with all its guests and staff, not to mention delivery and service personnel, would over-burden our streets, particularly our already congested main entrance road. RVs would increase traffic burdens even more. Likewise, guests would fill up the Cays tennis courts and bay beach areas, while all the hotel buildings or RVs on Grand Caribe Isle would destroy the panoramic views of the bay from Grand Caribe now enjoyed by residents and visitors.

Fourth, the developer apparently is not asking the Port for an extension of his lease of the property, which expires in 2034. Does this mean he is trying to get approval for a hotel and then sell the lease?

Fifth, this is the sixth large hotel, spa, or time-share development proposed for North Grand Caribe Isle in the 30 years. All past proposals were defeated because of strong opposition by Cays residents, the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association (which has notified the Port of its opposition to the current proposal), and the City of Coronado. This latest proposal is just as objectionable as all the previous ones: a hotel, with or without an RV component, does not fit in our residential neighborhood. We already have a hotel, the Loews, next door to the Cays and we have major RV parks at the Silver Strand State Beach and Fiddler’s Cove. We don’t need the traffic, noise, parties, and lights from a hotel/RV park in the middle of our community.

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