>OK, take Meigs Field again. They had to pay the enourmous
>expense of dredging the lake bottom up to form new land.
>You don't have that problem in my idea.
No, you have an airport that will be 25 times LARGER than Meigs Field!
>You San Diego residents know for a fact that everwhere you
>look in San Diego there's some new building going up. someone's always
>digging. So why not use this mass contruction at advantage.
Because it is already being used elsewhere to create level, usable land.
>Basically, every bit of gravel and dirt that is dug up for building
>foundations can be shipped by truck to the shoreline location,
>and dumped. Build an offshore concrete barrier to hold all the debris,
>and generally contain the airport, much as Osaka did.
So you're saying: create a man-made island. Problem with that is that tourism is San Diego's #1 economy and the San Diego beaches & weather are the #1 reason for tourist to visit San Diego. Creating an off-shore island with an airport destroys the #1 reason behind the #1 economic engine that creates the need for increased air travel capacity in the first place.
>The only problem is that Osaka's airport is in a sheltered bay,
>and doesn't have to deal with ocean swells, tsunamis, etc. So SAN's
>new airport would have to have a high retaining wall facing oceanward,
>strong enough to resist ocean swells and light tsunamis.
If it is off-shore, a retaining wall needs to surround the entire island. High enough to protect from winter storm swells means 20-30 feet above sea level minimum. Not a pretty sight if you're a tourist seeking sun, sand and ocean view.
Looking at my map again, it looks like the best place to put an offshore
>airport is just off the peninsual of land between Imperial Beach
>and Coronado NAS.
Some of the highest paying tourist spots in the county.
>Here, you have access to the Strand highway. You're just across
>San Diego Bay from downtown, all you have to do is drive across
>the bay bridge to enter the heart of the town.
Coronado residents have been trying to reduce traffic from the bridge since it was built. Currently I plan an additional 20 minutes for traffic if one of my technicians has a call on the island. It really is bad and there is no place to put a "by-pass" or freeway to get to your theoretical island airport.
>Another plus, you are away from the famous beaches, so you
>are not disrupting any people at all.
From the more famous beaches... that is true. But lots of $$$ folks live on Coronado, visit Coronado, stay on Coronado. Additionally, any construction that far south will impact local ocean currents creating even greater contamination from TJ's untreated sewage runoffs.
>The US Navy Amphibious Base is located on the Strand,
>and no one seems to oppose it's being there, so why not
>a new international airport?
NAB Coronado has no aircraft facilities, no seagoing ship facilities, no heavy training facilities. Essentially nothing that generates noise, obstructs views, or creates large volume of automobile traffic. It does have a relatively large number of athletic SEALS.
>It'd be economical,
Most expensive option studied.
Flight paths would interfer with TJ, NAS North Island, NAF Imperial and westerly departures from Brown. Ocean routes south from San Diego would be extended a minimum of 20 nautical miles. Haven't even discussed effects on fishing industry, whales, or a host of other environmental issues brought up when the idea was originally studied.
Totally unprotected location from winter storms (they come from south-southwest).
Reread the above. Are you sure?
>How can you lower the property value of the surrounding
>military land? You can't. No worries there!!
The majority of the land is not military owned. A friend of mine owns a small lot 3 blocks from the beach (Gordon Bethune is a neighbor). Barely large enough to hold his small house. He says he lives in the "slums" because his property is only worth $1.5 Million.
No worries? Think again. Maps do not begin to explain the problems facing San Diego's future airport needs. The problem is that San Diego "leaders" haven't been able to make an airport decision for the more than 25 years they've been "studying" the issue. :-(