Aerial view of Campland on the Bay. Courtesy of the camp

The San Diego City Council voted 6-3 on Monday to approve a five-year lease extension for Campland on the Bay that allows it to expand into the recently closed De Anza Cove mobile home park.

The vote was seen as a victory for RV owners seeking inexpensive vacation lodging, but a blow to efforts to clean up a polluted section of Mission Bay.

ReWild Mission Bay, a coalition of environmental groups, said the decision “needlessly postpones wetland restoration actions that are critical to the resiliency and viability of the remnant Kendall Frost Marsh.”

The short-term lease extension requires Campland to remove 167 dilapidated mobile homes from De Anza Point, increase the number of RV slots, remodel a nearby clubhouse and add new landscaping.

Councilmember Jennifer Campbell, whose district includes Mission Bay, described the lease extension as a “short-term answer.” City officials noted it would take five years to prepare for long-term improvements to the area.

“Our actions today will not prevent or delay the long-term conversation or the conversion of the northeast corner of the bay to marshland,” Campbell said.

The agreement was opposed by Councilmembers Vivian Moreno, Gergette Gomez and Barbara Bry.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.