SAN DIEGO – After years of negotiations, the California Coastal Commission has approved a permit for Northeast MB LLC, an operator of local campgrounds, to clean up nearly 170 abandoned mobile homes and replace them with 147 RV and tent campsites around De Anza Cove in the northeast part of Mission Bay.
“This will provide even more options, as RVs and tents have never been in greater demand or more popular,” said Jacob Gelfand, director of campgrounds operations.
The commission approved the permit with a series of conditions to protect the environment, specifically the unique marshes that surround the cove.
“We have been working very closely with coastal commission staff and city officials to make sure this project is done as safely and responsibly as possible,” Gelfand said.
Environmentalists say they are glad the houses are finally being removed, but are focused on a long-term solution for the inlet that keeps restoration of the marsh a priority.
“Almost all of Mission Bay has changed except for one small part,” said Andrew Meyer of the San Diego Audubon Society. “One percent of that swampy wetland remains in the northeast corner of the bay, and it’s home to endangered species, common species, all kinds of beautiful plants and animals that use that little memory of the bay to survive.” .
Gelfand said his organization has 24 months to tear down the abandoned houses and replace them with camps. Permitting for the campgrounds has been granted for a few years, but the city is still doing a study on long-term land use plans for De Anza Cove.