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Marina Gateway debuts

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EL CAJON, Calif. – The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, the Sycuan Tribal Development Corporation and hundreds of invited guests celebrated the completion of the Marina Gateway project with a formal dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony in July.

“We’re very pleased with the end result and we’re happy it will have a lasting impression in National City and the entire South Bay region of San Diego,” said Daniel J. Tucker, chairman of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.

The Marina Gateway will have an annual fiscal impact of $700,000 in property, hotel and sales taxes for the city of National City, which is located about five minutes south of Downtown San Diego.

It created 1,000 jobs during the construction phase, and more than 200 permanent jobs have been generated since its completion. It was developed by the Sycuan Tribal Development Corporation at a cost of $35 million. A state-of-the-art hotel with 173 rooms will be operated by CHM Hotels as a Best Western. Aloha Restaurants, which operates a number of fine dining establishments throughout California, has opened a Busters Beach House Restaurant on the site.

During the inaugural celebration, Sycuan presented the Boys and Girls Clubs of National City with a $15,000 donation.

The Marina Gateway location holds particular significance for all Kumeyaay Tribes. For thousands of years, the Kumeyaay traveled between the mountains east of present-day San Diego and the coast, along the Sweetwater River to the site, where they thrived during the cold winter months.