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Living Coast Starting $300,000 Turtle Exhibit Renovation

Living Coast Discovery Center is set to begin work by week’s end on a $300,000 enhancement of its Turtle Lagoon exhibit in Chula Vista.

Hotel Tax Hike Backers Switch Focus to November Ballot

SPORTS: Chargers File Formal Application To Move to Los Angeles

San Diego supporters of an initiative to raise the city’s hotel tax to fund potential projects, including a convention center expansion or San Diego Chargers stadium, will delay submission of signatures in order to qualify the measure for the November 2016 ballot, rather than the previously targeted June 2016 election.

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Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Builds Local Retail Team

Consolidation and broker affiliation switches have become the norm in the commercial real estate brokerage business, and 2016 has appropriately begun with key changes impacting one firm’s San Diego operations.

Chargers Submit Formal Application for LA Relocation

As many expected, owners of the San Diego Chargers have submitted a formal application to the National Football League, seeking to relocate the team to Los Angeles.

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Bay Club Carmel Valley Completes $3.2 Million Renovation

The Bay Club Co. of San Francisco has completed a $3.2 million renovation of its Bay Club Carmel Valley fitness and spa venue, at 12000 Carmel Country Road.

The Business Calendar for the Week of January 4, 2016

Some of the business events planned in the county for the week of January 4, 2016, and beyond.

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Best Western Hotel in La Mesa Sells for $12.4 Million

Anaheim-based Fortune Hospitality LLC has acquired the 78-room Best Western Plus hotel in La Mesa for $12.4 million, according to CoStar Group and brokerage company Atlas Hospitality Group.

SeaWorld San Diego Files Lawsuit over Coastal Commission Ruling

SeaWorld San Diego has filed a lawsuit challenging a recent California Coastal Commission decision impacting its planned killer whale habitat expansion, reiterating its prior contention that the coastal panel does not have authority to ban the breeding of captive orcas.

San Diego’s NY Tourism Pitch Targets New Year’s Eve Revelers

Before the famous lighted ball drops on New Year’s Eve, many of the 1 million or more celebrants gathered at New York’s Times Square will also take in a pitch for San Diego tourism amid the hoopla.

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Passenger Traffic Rises at San Diego International Airport

Passenger traffic at San Diego International Airport rose 7.2 percent from a year ago in the first 11 months of 2015, with more than 18.4 million using the facility, according to the latest data from the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

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Craft Beer Scene Readies to Build on Its Successes of 2015

BREWING: Expansions, Acquisitions and Growth Brought Sector to Next Level

The California Craft Brewers Association recently announced that there are now more than 600 craft breweries across the state, generating $6.5 billion in annual revenue.

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Hospitality Sector Adjusts to Stay Ahead of Possible Changes

HOSPITALITY: Cos. Consolidate, Employ Their Own Innovations

In 2016, San Diego County’s hospitality industry — including operators of 7,000 restaurants and hundreds of hotels — will be looking for a continuation of what has generally been a strong-performing local economy during the past three years.

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Tourism Sector’s Momentum Likely Here to Stay

TRAVEL: Possible TOT Initiative Could Change Sector’s Landscape Locally

By several measures, 2015 was a record year for the region’s tourism economy. As the year drew to a close, the San Diego Tourism Authority was projecting that the region would rack up $9.9 billion in spending by visitors at local attractions, shops and restaurants.

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Chargers’ Exit Would Hit the Heart, Not Wallet

SPORTS: If They Stay, A New Stadium Opens Up World of Possibilities

Forecasting the future of San Diego’s sports industry is a tall order before NFL owners meet later this month to debate which teams, if any, will move to Los Angeles.

Convention Center Projects Record Attendee Spending in 2016

San Diego Convention Center operators are projecting a record $708.1 million in direct attendee spending to be generated from a total of 108 events slated for the facility in 2016.