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NATIONAL CITY, Calif. — Residents and business leaders met with San Diego port officials Wednesday to explore ideas about redeveloping the National City Marina District.

The 53-acre area is currently dominated by the National City Marine Terminal and its massive ships that deliver automobiles, which are parked nearby. There are also lumber-storage yards, facilities that repair and maintain boats, a small park, a marina and a boat launch ramp.

The port is trying to balance the needs of residents while not interfering with business and commerce.

“All residents of National City want to see more recreational opportunities more bay access. We can take our bikes to Chula Vista but we’d like to see something for us here in National City,” said resident Ted Godshalk.

A preliminary plan has already been developed by a consulting firm. The input gathered at the meetings will help reshape ideas and concepts that are already being considered.

Wednesday’s meeting was the first of two to be held. The final plan will be presented and considered by the port in April.