The Port of San Diego serves as a landlord to the businesses along the water’s edge of San Diego Bay, but folks don’t always agree about how that land should be used.

From the Convention Center to the marinas, hotels and restaurants, the Port of San Diego collects rent from its tenants and must approve all construction projects and developments. The Port’s board of commissioners – made up of delegates from San Diego, Coronado, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista and National City – calls the shots on which businesses get prime spots. And now, commissioners face some big decisions that could affect the region for years to come.

On this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia and Ashly McGlone lay out what hangs in the balance for the Convention Center expansion, a major vehicle importer and the Port itself.

Catherine Green was formerly the deputy editor at Voice of San Diego. She handled daily operations while helping to plan new long-term projects.

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