The board of the Port of San Diego approved design for its new Broadway Pier Cruise Ship Terminal, at a cost that will exceed the $12.75 million loan the port received from Carnival Corp. to fund the project.

The approved terminal design is estimated to cost $23.6 million, for a design that would include the use of glass panels on the structure and incorporated public art, the port said.

"The public made it clear that it did not want a pre-engineered building on the pier," the port said in a release. "They also expressed a need for a combined mixed-use area. Other requests included minimizing fences and gates, while maximizing public access."

The port said it is discussing financing options with both the City of San Diego and the Centre City Development Corp. to figure out how to pay for the $10.9 million shortfall.

The port said that its cruise business had increased steadily over the years, to an average of 200 cruise vessels arriving at San Diego each year, and bringing about $2 million in economic impact with each call.

"To keep pace with the growth, it is imperative that the Port improve its cruise facilities," the release said.

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