Weekly Update - 03/29/13

Date of Record: 2013-03-29


Each week, the City Manager's Office provides an update that includes information on programs, services and issues within the City, as well as news, project updates and follow-up information when applicable. It can be found on the City's website.

The next City Council meeting is set for 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.


Spring Break Beach Crowds: Lifeguards have seen a large increase in beach crowds this week due to Spring Break. Warm weather and surf have added to the equation. There have already been a few rip currents that produced several rescues. Lifeguards remind the public to never swim alone, always swim near a Lifeguard, and check in with the Lifeguards for information on conditions and safe swimming areas.

Coronado Cays Buoys: The Coronado Cays notified the City earlier this week about red buoys at the end of Grand Caribe Isle. The City's Public Services Department contacted the San Diego Unified Port District, which said the buoys were put in place to mark sediment build-up, or shoaling, and to alert mariners to use caution in the area. The Port said the sediment comes and goes and had no estimate on how long the buoys would be in place or any other remedial action. There is some concern the sand will continue to build up and the City and the Cays have requested that the Port dredge the area. The City will monitor the situation.

Budget Workshop: The City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday, March 26, to look at the City's work plan, tasks and budget for Fiscal Year 2013-13. The Council reviewed projects planned and underway and discussed staffing levels, a Capital Improvement Program funding formula and prepaying retirement unfunded liabilities. About 30 people, including City staff members, attended the meeting, which was televised live.

Summer Rentals Prohibited: The City is getting the word out as summer nears that homeowners may not rent out their residential properties for less than 26 days at a time. This serves to protect the quality of life for full-time residents and maintain the residential character of local neighborhoods. Property owners were reminded with a press release issued to the media and placed on the City's website that they are violating the law by renting their property for less than 26 consecutive days at a time. They can be fined and the subject of legal action by the City to enforce its regulations. They also were reminded that renting a private home or condo for special events, weekend stays or as a weekly vacation home is against the law regardless of the time period between rentals. Over the past two years, the City Attorney has successfully sued three home owners for violation of this prohibition.

Senior Center Public Meeting: The public is invited to a community meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at the Coronado Community Center to review the results of a Senior Center survey and to further refine the community's vision of programs and activities for the new Senior Center.

Police Chief Recruitment: Final background checks are being conducted.

Special Events Permits: Special events permits issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, March 30, through Friday, April 5.




Easter Sunrise Service

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Glorietta Bay Park Cottage Improvements: The contractor installed bollards to separate the boat parking from the cottage and began installing the new porch railing. Priming and painting started and should be completed by next week.

Street Preventive Maintenance FY 12/13: Contract documents have been executed and staff is working with the contractor to determine a start date for the street preventive maintenance work. It is tentatively scheduled for the first week of May. Streets to be sealed include Sixth Street; Eighth Street; Ninth Street from Alameda Boulevard to Adella Avenue; Ocean Boulevard/R. H. Dana; and Palm Avenue from Alameda to Third Street.


Beached Sea Lions: This week, young sea lions have been beached up and down the San Diego County shoreline, including in Coronado. This is a common occurrence in the spring. However, there have been more than usual this year. Sometimes, these marine mammals will simply haul themselves out onto the shore to rest and sun themselves but often they are sick and in need of attention. Coronado Beach Lifeguards have a good relationship with Sea World Marine Mammal Rescue and the team is routinely called in to remove the animals and nurse them back to health. Sea World has limited resources and sometimes cannot respond for several hours. The rescue team also will only respond if it is fairly certain the animal is incapacitated and can be captured. Many times the Sea World truck will arrive only to find that the sea lion is still healthy enough to swim away, resulting in time wasted and other mammals possibly having their rescue delayed. The Lifeguards would like to remind beach goers that seals and sea lions are wild animals and can be dangerous as well as carry disease. It is advised to keep a safe distance from these animals at all times, and also keep dogs away from them. Here are photos from a recent successful rescue.


Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Award: On Wednesday, March 27, Officer Shane Boyd was honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for being the officer with the most DUI arrests in Coronado in 2012. Officer Boyd made 12 DUI arrests last year.

VIP Security: Department members assisted U.S. Capital Police in providing security for the Speaker of the House during his four-day stay in Coronado.

Critical Incident Training: Department staff conducted critical incident training with the Hotel del Coronado's security personnel on Wednesday, March 27.

A Few Good Seniors: The Senior Volunteer Patrol, or SVP,is looking for a few new volunteers to join their ranks. If you are over age 50, an empty nester, semi-retired, retired or just plain bored, think about joining. Aside from the standard patrol, volunteers also issue citations for violations of disabled parking infractions. They conduct security house checks for residents when away on vacation. They assist in special assignments during community events, such as parades and various runs, and much more. For more information, call (619) 319-0861, (619) 435-1342 or (619) 435-6360 or emailjmeyers@coronado.ca.us.


New Pool Hours: Due to staff shortages, lap swimming has been shortened in the small recreation pool. New lap swim hours for the small recreation pool are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. New family swim hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Spring Break Holiday Camp: Spring Break Holiday Camp starts today and will continue through Friday, April 5. The six-day camp at the Community Center will include arts and crafts, cooking, rock climbing, scavenger hunts and science experiments.

Session B Enrichment Classes: A new session of enrichment Youth Classes started this week. Back by popular demand this session is the Super Soakers Class, an afterschool class that gives children a weekly opportunity to play games in the pool and compete in fun contests. Double click on the brochure below or visit the Recreation Services page of the City's website to check out all Youth Classes and other Session B programs and activities in the Recreation Services Winter/Spring 2013 Brochure.

Easter Egg-Stravaganza: Final preparations have been taking place this week for tomorrow's annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza. Tons of basket-toting children are expected to arrive at the Community Center tomorrow afternoon in search of hidden Easter eggs. Children will also be able to stroll down Peppermint Lane as they walk through Candyland. Before the Egg-Stravaganza in the morning, parents and children will be dining on pancakes and sausages in the banquet room at Breakfast with the Easter Bunny.

Friday Night at the Club Room:Last Friday, March 22, teen staff hosted the first "Friday Night at the Club Room" at the new Coronado Club Room and Boathouse in Glorietta Bay Park. Teens played beach volleyball, roasted s'mores, watched movies, played flashlight tag and enjoyed all the activities the Club Room has to offer. It was a successful event, bringing in students who have never been to the Club Room before, and the start of many events there. As seen in the photos, everyone had a great time.


Budget-related Dates: In addition to this week's budget workshop, the City has other important dates to remember in relation to the Coronado City Budget Fiscal Year 2013-14. On April 15, community organization grant proposals are due. A Budget/Capital Improvement Projects Workshop is set for May 21 that will include community group presentations. The Budget is set to be adopted by the City Council at a meeting June 4.