As I said below, we’re hosting a week’s worth of debate and commentary about the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal. As part of that effort, the people most interested in the issue will be writing some pieces for us.

But in addition, I invited you, readers, to send me your own thoughts on what should happen with San Diego’s harbor. It’s an old discussion: Do we work with the waterfront (shipping things in and out) or do we gaze at it and cavort on its shores?

Responding to my request, reader Eloise Duff sent in this sober take:

A port, is by definition, a place for water-going vessels to come to land … for servicing, loading, unloading, and for safe harbor respite from the world of water — all kinds of vessels if we are lucky, including commercial freighters, which use this terminal. There is precious little of that kind of business here due to our proximity to the largest port complex in the country. Tourist hotels and football teams are not primary to this function and ought not be allowed to alter operations of the terminal in any way.

Just one opinion, but I can say it was a much more interesting port before we turned half this city over to tourism!

What do you think? Send me your short takes at


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