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TRAVEL: Runway Extension Likely to Bring New Businesses
San Diego County officials are considering a $95 million runway extension at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, which consultants project could inject more than $163 million yearly into the North County economy by allowing larger aircraft to use the facility.
Operators of Living Coast Discovery Center, formerly known as Chula Vista Nature Center, have announced plans to close the facility by year’s end, citing severe budget shortfalls.
The Active Network Inc., a publicly traded San Diego company that develops online tools for event organization, is being acquired by Vista Equity Partners for $1.05 billion.
Austin, Texas-based Summit Hotel Properties Inc. has entered into an agreement to purchase a portfolio of three Southern California hotels, including Hampton Inn & Suites in Poway, for approximately $59 million.
Could San Diego’s drone-building defense contractors be under a hack attack?
TOURISM: Summer Season Was Strong For Local Operators
After posting what operators called strong summer seasons, San Diego County’s biggest theme park attractions plan to continue riding the economic recovery by adding even more attractions to what has already been a four-year run of multimillion-dollar investments.
News and notes from communities around San Diego County
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad has completed a multimillion-dollar renovation of its 329 guest rooms and its casual dining restaurant, California Bistro. Operators did not disclose the cost of the refurbishing.
San Diego International Airport has begun construction on its new $316 million rental car center and a $39 million fixed base operator (FBO) facility for general-aviation services, both on the northern side of the airport.
JMI Realty, led by former San Diego Padres owner John Moores, has completed a $12 million renovation of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, the historic 87-room hotel property that it purchased last year.
SPORT: Team’s Proposal Ties Convention Center to Stadium
With the California Coastal Commission set to review the proposed $520 million expansion of the city’s convention center, the San Diego Chargers want to change the playbook for boosting the region’s capability to host big events.
La Mesa product designer Curtis Micklish — creator of “The Butler” organizer used to stash cellphone, glasses, keys, wallet and other personal items — is nearing his goal of raising $25,300 at crowdfunding website kickstarter.com.
Legoland California Resort plans to open Lego Legends of Chima, a new three-acre water park set for a summer 2014 debut on the grounds of the Carlsbad theme park.
A Coronado hotel known as 1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach has been sold for $7.7 million, according to CoStar Group and public data.
SPORTS: Stadium, Market Size Hamper Team’s Value; Wins, Losses not a Factor
Great expectations abound as the San Diego Chargers open their 2013 season before a nationally televised Monday Night Football audience Sept. 9, but win or lose this season, the value of the Chargers will undoubtedly improve.
More than 100 injured military veterans from around the nation, and locally, are coming to San Diego Sept. 15-20 to participate in the sixth annual National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic.