SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Unified Port District commissioners are scheduled to discuss a proposal by a local group to host the America's Cup in 2017.

The commissioners have included the discussion on the agenda for their meeting Tuesday.

It's a preliminary step. If the commissioners decided to proceed, they would direct the port staff to begin discussions with America's Cup officials.

SEA San Diego has proposed that the 35th America's Cup be sailed on San Diego Bay in August 2017. The group organized an America's Cup World Series regatta in November 2011 and a regatta in the RC44 class in March 2011.

America's Cup officials are looking for alternatives to San Francisco, which hosted the America's Cup in September.

The America's Cup was contested three times off San Diego from 1988-95.