Campground Would Provide Low-Cost Accommodations Just North of the Border

Supervisor Greg Cox is developing a plan that might be funded by mitigation fees paid by the Hotel Del Coronado.

Fees imposed on the Hotel Del Coronado by the Coastal Commission as part of its approval of the resort's expansion and renovation master plan may fund a new coastal campground if a plan by Supervisor Greg Cox is developed, says a UT San Diego news report.

The Coastal Commission has collected a little more than $1 million in mitigation fees since approving the hotel's expansion plan three years ago. Cox, newly appointed to the commission, told the UT that the idea is in the formative stage. No site has been selected, and no funding has been allocated. 

But, says Cox, now is a good time to start looking at the possibilities. Options might include a campground in the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park or at nearby Border Field State Park, according to the UT. 

There's competition for the money, namely a planned hostel that is part of the Imperial Beach Bikeway Village commercial project—though Cox says he would not want to do anything that would put that project's potential funding in jeopardy.

Cox says a budget-conscious campground could help meet the need for affordable accommodations in the border area. Money in the mitigation account is earmarked for new accommodations that are both low cost and can be provided in perpetuity. 

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