Decision for 2017 America’s Cup venue coming soon

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The choice is down to two prospective sites for the staging of the next America’s Cup: our own fair city of San Diego, and Bermuda, the U.K.-owned island in the mid-Atlantic Ocean. The final decision by the committee charged with making the call will be made soon and the Port of San Diego has released a slick video extolling the virtues of America’s Finest City as the venue for the 35th staging of the Cup, coming in 2017.

San Diego enacts mandatory water usage regulations

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In response to the increasing drought conditions throughout our region, on Monday, a unanimous vote by the San Diego City Council puts mandatory water usage restrictions into effect as of Saturday, November 1, 2014. This will cause the voluntary rules, in place since this past July, to become mandatory, and therefore enforceable with fines and penalties. The stated goal is to decrease the use of water in the city by 20%.

2014 Kiteboard North American Championship held off Coronado shore

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This year’s Formula and Foil Class Kiteboard racing North American Championships were held from the 7th to the 10th on the beaches of Coronado Shores. Organized and put on by the San Diego Yacht Club of America’s Cup fame, the event draws almost all of the most outstanding competitors in the sport each year. The “Coronado Roads” area was the actual site of the races.

San Diego water usage lower by 4% in September

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There is continued good news on the water conservation front in San Diego County. We all drank up and washed down less water last month, less by a respectable 4% descrease, than during September last year. In San Diego city, usage fell 4.2% since August 2013. In the longer term San Diego County has cut down water consumption by 20% over the past 7 years.

Commercial fish farm coming off San Diego coast

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Despite having legal control and access to a almost 3 billions acres of ocean, well more than any other nation in the world, the U.S. imports 91% of the seafood consumed here. One reason is that there are no offshore fishing farms in any of that vast expanse of ocean. A solution to this situation is being proposed by Hubbs-SeaWorld. They plan to construct a floating fish farm 4.5 miles out from Mission Beach.

Lindbergh Field recycling coffee into compost

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Some of the biggest purveyors of the coffee bean are airports, and the biggest airport in town, is, of course, Lindbergh Field. The tons and tones of grounds used for all the coffee served were just being dumped as garbage. Now, San Diego International Airport has come up with a very green idea to put those grounds into use in the ground.

FCC votes to disallow NFL blackouts

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The Chargers first two home games of the season, (both wins!) have been televised locally, the first because it was a Monday Night game, and the second because KFMB and others purchased the remaining tickets. Currently, none of the Chargers six remaining home games are sold out, and therefore could have been subject to the infamous Blackout Rule.

Skydiving indoors? Landing soon in downtown San Diego

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Rock-climbing inside a building? Okay, that’s been done. Swimming indoors? Maybe a novelty long ago, commonplace now. Skydiving indoors, in downtown San Diego? Now that’s something new. While outdoor skydiving is normally done at or around 13,000 feet up, the fans providing the wind at the indoor facility will simulate jumping from that height by producing winds around 60 miles per hour.

Carlsbad de-salination plant will produce 50 million gallons a day

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As the rains come less and less, and the demands on the water we get from other places, such as Northern California increase from those other places, a local solution and source of drinking water is being built and nearing completion. The Carlsbad Desalination Plant, located at 4658-4874 Carlsbad Boulevard in Carlsbad on the grounds of the NRG-owned Encina Power Station, is on track to be completed and operational sooner than expected.

The Color Run Kaleidoscope Tour Coming to San Diego October 11

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There’s a reason The Color Run is called the “happiest 5k on the planet.” You and thousands of others can see for yourself this October as the Kaleidoscope Tour comes to Qualcomm Stadium on October 11.

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