Voters in the San Diego area have rejected a measure to allow a vast deck to be built over a cargo terminal on some of the city's most valuable waterfront property.
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Private developers touted many potential uses for the deck at the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal, including hotels, shops, cruise ships, even an aquarium or a new stadium for the NFL's Chargers.
More than 71 percent of voters rejected Proposition B with 20 percent of precincts counted Tuesday night. Opponents said the deck would prove unworkable, threatening to close the cargo port and eliminate dockyard jobs.
Port authorities nationwide closely watched the ballot measure. Battles for prime waterfront land are taking place from coast to coast, as gentrification pits commercial and residential interests against guardians of old dockyards.