The Chula Vista City Council is set to extend its negotiations with Gaylord Entertainment tonight over a deal to build a billion-dollar convention center and resort on the South Bay city’s waterfront.

The talks between Gaylord, the city and the Unified Port of San Diego were initially supposed to wrap up this month, but the negotiations’ deadline will likely be delayed until Nov. 30. The City Council tonight will consider formally extending talks to that deadline with an option to lengthen them an additional three months if necessary.

The Port Commission agreed to extend the deadline at a meeting last week, but not before it chided Gaylord for including plans for more convention center space in its designs than the two public agencies tentatively agreed to.

City spokeswoman Liz Pursell said Gaylord officials will not attend tonight’s meeting. The council will consider the proposed six-month extension at a meeting of the Chula Vista Redevelopment Agency, which is expected to happen several hours after the 6 p.m. council meeting.


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