Glide control to Torrey Pines

Gliderport lease is up

Torrey Pines Gliderport

The 6.74-acre Torrey Pines Gliderport, a longtime hotspot for confrontations between videographer Bob Kuczewski and gliderport leaseholder Robin Marien over what Kuczewski has alleged are unsafe practices at the city-owned facility, is up for a change of control.

“The City of San Diego is requesting proposals from qualified firms or individuals to develop, operate, lease and use City-owned property commonly known as the Torrey Pines Gliderport located at 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive within the Torrey Pines City Park”, says an open-ended July 20 request for proposals for redevelopment of the site issued by the city, with responses due by August 30. “Proposals must include a conceptual development plan for the Property, along with the proposed changes or additions to the existing facilities.”

Adds the notice, “the use of the Property shall be limited to the operation and maintenance of a gliderport; use by non-powered aircraft and radio-controlled models (take-off and over-flight); sale of hang gliding, paragliding, and sailplane parts and accessories; sale of related merchandise; operation of a small food retail site (café); and incidental purposes as may be first approved in writing by the City.”

Proposed annual rent for the iconic locale, a major player in the city’s tourist promotions, is $3412 on a ten-year-or-greater lease, with the selected proprietor to pick up all costs for operations and insurance. “The City is also issuing a Request for Information to discover opportunities for various business endeavors or fundraising opportunities, sponsorships or programs that will assist in preserving the Property including financing and development of the Property.”

Adds the document, “Currently there is no on-site water, sewer or electrical service at the Property. If feasible, water, sewer and solar-powered electrical service may be installed at the Property, at the selected Proposer’s sole cost and expense.”

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The gliderport parking lot has been STOLEN from the taxpayers:

The Torrey Pines Gliderport has become an unofficial UCSD parking lot with the city receiving zero income and the taxpayers (and importantly also - tourists) who want to use the beach and gliderport absolutely zero places to park. If you want to park there to hike or surf or whatever, you have to be there before 8 AM or ALL the spots will be taken by students who park their cars, grab their backpacks and head east to UCSD. The spaces are taken ALL DAY LONG with no relief until classes end in the PM. Imagine what it would be like if the parking lot at La Jolla Shores was taken over by UCSD students cars all day long.

Safety Concerns: Not only it is wrong of them to take over the parking lot, they park their vehicles so tightly that emergency vehicles such as fire engines and ambulances cannot drive through to access the cliff edge for rescues.

Something has to give: Either pave it and put parking meters on the spaces with maximum 2 hour time limit (which also screws the recreational user) or designate a definite portion of the lot - (preferably close to the gliderport) NON-UCSD PARKING.

Failing meters, the City of San Diego should charge the UC system at least $10 million per year for the use of the lot. UCSD can add the cost to the tuition of the students. In the meantime, the UC system SHOULD be building multistory parking structures ON CAMPUS.

Mr. Van Roekel:

It's a play on the lyrics of a David Bowie song - " Ground Control to Major Tom"

The City of San Diego Real Estate and Assets Department (READ) finally created a Request For Proposal (RFP) after a decade of complaints regarding lack of public facilities on site. With office space, a cafe, and porta-potties for the tourists.,-117.2506548,3a,75y,82.49t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sOF3ZXQjG818Dfgs0V3zj8Q!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

It does look like the parking lot is filled in by UCSD students and nearby businesses, as the car density at the entrance is filled, compared to the front row parking spots.

UCSD is a bad neighbor. Scenic La Jolla Shores Drive is now flanked by big UCSD buildings that protrude from their lower hillside locations, blocking the western view of ocean and bay from the winding road. The gigantic and unsightly landscape-free Venter Institute is jammed up against Allen Field, one of few green parks in La Jolla that is used exclusively for youth soccer league play. Residential neighborhoods south and west of the main UCSD campus have wall-to-wall cars parked along their streets all day long. Apparently UCSD students also densely park up the dirt lots at the simple old gliderport -- which the City now proposes to develop further? The gliderport already has porta-potties and there's a lunch shack with outdoor picnic tables overlooking spectacular high vistas of sky and sea. The gliderport is perfect as it is.

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