To operate in California, ports must have a master plan approved by the California Coastal Commission that guides their development and ensures ports are using coastal lands and waters in accordance with state law.
The Port of Long Beach has revised its Master Plan twice, with the most recent being in 1990.
Now the port is looking for representatives of the maritime and goods movement industries, environmental and health groups, local business and community organisations, and tenants and developers to participate in focus group discussions on the Master Plan update.
There will be a series of public meetings and focus groups over the next six months to explain the purpose of the Port Master Plan and get feedback on the best use of port property.
The document covers the use and development of nearly 2,700 acres of land and more than 4,500 acres of water that make up the Port of Long Beach Harbor District.
The entire process is due to be completed by the autumn of 2019.
(Ed Post Script - Much as we all enjoy pictures of the ex-USS Enterprise, I have replaced the image in this article with the correct one of Long Beach.)