Cathy Driscoll, owner of popular commercial fishing wharf, dies in reported suicide

Driscoll owned, Driscoll's Wharf and Marina, a popular spot for small commercial fishing operations.

San Diego's commercial fishing industry took a major hit today upon learning of the death of Cathy Driscoll, owner of Driscoll's Wharf Marina at America Cup's Harbor. According to a source, Driscoll died after allegedly committing suicide in the early hours of June 6. No other details were provided.

Located near the entrance to the San Diego Bay, Driscoll's Wharf is a popular spot for small-boat commercial fisherman who specialize in catching lobsters, prawns, and sea urchins. But in recent years the wharf has been undergoing some major changes.

In 2007, the California Coastal Conservancy gave the Port of San Diego $450,000 to revitalize San Diego's commercial fishing industry and Driscoll's Wharf. The plan, approved by the Port Commission in January 2011, included renovations to the offloading facility, a new ice machine and holding tank for fish, and a new market.

But that was just the start of it. A new public event space, crane, and improvements to their offloading facility, among a list of other items were also planned for the aging wharf. Total improvements to Driscoll's Wharf as part of the revitalization plan were estimated between $18 to $23.7 million.

Driscoll's Facebook page is now filled with goodbye messages.

"...We just want so bad for this to be a nightmare. I don't know what we are going to do without u. I love u so much.

"I feel privilege that you were my friend and that I could be of comfort to you when you needed a friend. Your loss has deeply sadden me in a way I never felt possible. The only comfort I have is in knowing that you are in God's loving hands. I will miss you always.

"Cathy - I am so sorry that I didn't know your despair. I am grateful to you for every moment of your life that you spent with me. You will stay in my heart forever."

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