San Diego port district commissioners have voted 6-1 to hold exclusive talks with Protea Waterfront Development, one of six development teams that recently put forward multi-use proposals to redevelop the 70-acre Central Embarcadero waterfront site that currently includes Seaport Village.

Commissioner Marshall Merrifield cast the dissenting vote at a July 13 meeting, following a public viewing of plans for the waterfront. Port staff will hold exclusive talks with the Protea team to further evaluate its proposal, and report back to commissioners in October for a decision on whether the proposal is viable.

The Protea plan includes three hotels totaling approximately 1,000 rooms; more than 380,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space; 19,000 square feet of office space; public promenades; an aquarium; and a 480-foot-tall observation tower called “Spire.”

The Protea team includes local developers Yehudi Gaffen, Jeff Jacobs and Jeffrey Essakow. Port officials said the other proposals technically remain in the running since no formal selection for the waterfront project has yet been made.