Chula Vista took the next step toward its ambitious Bayfront plans, as city and Port of San Diego leaders Wednesday broke ground on the Gaylord Pacific Resort and Convention Center — the centerpiece of the development.

This will be Gaylord Hotels’ first West Coast location. City and port leaders hope the convention center will spur other development on the 535-acre Chula Vista Bayfront.

“The Chula Vista Bayfront is the defining project of a generation for the South Bay. We are finally realizing the fulfillment of all the tireless effort that hundreds if not thousands of people have invested in this project over the past few decades,” said Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas.

“I am beyond proud and honored to be here to celebrate the start of construction on the Gaylord Pacific Resort and Convention Center.”

Heavy equipment is positioned on site for construction of the 1,600-room hotel and convention center. The ceremonial groundbreaking Wednesday was attended by representatives of Gaylord Hotels and the developer, RIDA Chula Vista, and hundreds of community supporters of the project.

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Chula Vista, Port Break Ground on $1.3 Billion Bayfront Resort and Convention Center