Former Harbor Commissioner and Public Relations Executive Bob Nelson passed away

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Bob Nelson
Bob Nelson. Credit: Port of San Diego

Former harbor commissioner and public relations executive Bob Nelson has died, the Port of San Diego announced on Wednesday.

Nelson was selected in 2011 as one of three commissioners to represent San Diego on the San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. He resigned in 2017 to focus on a proposed expansion of the San Diego Convention Center.

“After 11 years working on this milestone, I can’t stand on the sidelines now,” Nelson said on May 16, 2017, explaining his resignation.

“At the same time, I don’t believe that public trust would be served if I campaigned overnight in the community for a ‘yes’ vote and then made land use decisions and financial decisions about related port ownership during the day.”

Nelson said the conflict of interest rules that govern him also prevent his business partners from participating in many of the public affairs challenges San Diego faces, including future decisions that affect the fate of the convention center.

“Retiring from Port Authority allows me to pursue my passion as a private individual and allow my employees to provide professional services that are uncomplicated through my role as Port Commissioner,” said Nelson.

Board Chairman Dan Malcolm said Nelson “will be remembered by the port and throughout the region for his intellectual curiosity, broad knowledge across a wide range of interests and dedication to balancing economic development and growth with environmental sustainability and community benefit.”

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