The State Lands Commission, established in 1938, manages four million acres of tide and submerged lands and the beds of navigable rivers, streams, lakes, bays, estuaries, inlets, and straits. Along the California coast, the Commission’s jurisdiction is the ambulatory boundary of the mean high tide line out to the state/federal water boundary three nautical miles offshore. The Commission protects the lands and resources entrusted to its care through balanced management, marine protection and pollution prevention, adaptation to climate change, and ensuring public access to these lands and waters for current and future generations. The Commission manages these lands in accordance with the Public Trust Doctrine, which means that it determines the appropriate uses in the best interest of the state for the maximum public benefit.
The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities. The Port champions commerce, navigation, fishing, recreation, and environmental stewardship all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.