Weekly Update - 11/27/2013

Date of Record: 2013-11-02



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 4 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. 


City Manager:   Since this is a holiday week, the Weekly Update has a few updates on some of our major projects and other important news. Happy Thanksgiving.


Thanksgiving Holiday
Most non-public safety facilities in Coronado will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Coronado Police and Fire will be staffed for the holiday. Public Services will be on call Thursday and Friday to respond to emergencies. Certain City of Coronado departments and services are open Friday, some with varying hours of operation, but all non-public safety facilities are closed on Thanksgiving Day. Read this press release for a complete list of what is open. Here is the list:

  • The Library will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, and will close early on Wednesday, November 27, at 6 p.m.
  • The Community Center and pool will be closed Thanksgiving Day but on Friday, November 29, the Community Center will open at 8 a.m. and the pool at 9 a.m.
  • The Coronado Tennis Center scheduling office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but the courts will be open for walk-on tennis. The office and courts will be open Friday. There will be no Jr. Program next week.
  • Since school is out next week, the Skatepark will be open from 10 a.m. to dusk every day, except for Thanksgiving Day when it will be closed.
  • The Club Room and Boathouse is closed only on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Public Services crews will not sweep streets Thanksgiving Day or Friday.
  • EDCO will not perform regular residential trash collection on Thanksgiving Day and as a result there will be a one day residential delay in service.
  • The Coronado Municipal Golf Course is open on Thanksgiving Day.


Smoking Ordinance:  A new smoking ordinance goes into effect on January 1, 2014. The ordinance bans smoking on most public property, on public or private property within 25 feet of an enclosed building and on private property that is open to the public. The City is working to get the word out about the ordinance and changes that will be required from businesses, residents and visitors. The City has put together a Q&A that explains in detail where smoking is no longer allowed. The Q&A can be found on the City's website. Next month, the City will be posting new signs in the business district and at City parks, and publishing an insert in the Coronado Eagle and Journal newspaper. If you have any further questions, please contact the City Manager's Office at (619) 522-7335.


Special Events Permits:  The following special events permits have been issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, November 30 through Friday, December 6.






Centennial Park

November 30

Longboard Surf Competition

South Beach

November 30

Birthday Party

Mathewson Park

December 1

Birthday Party

North Cays Park

December 4

Birthday Party

Spreckels Park

December 4


Glorietta Bike Lanes: The contractor continued with the installation of sign poles while awaiting the arrival of the signs themselves. Additional work on the rapid flashing beacon installation also took place. "No Parking" signs, labeled with dates and times when they will be in effect, were placed on the street in preparation for striping activity scheduled for next week.

Sixth Street Safe Routes to School Project: A pre-construction meeting will be held with the contractor on December 3, 2013, to discuss the anticipated construction schedule and construction obligations for a project to install Class II bike lanes along the length of Sixth Street from Glorietta Boulevard to Alameda Boulevard. The bike lanes will include pavement markings and bike lane signage. The project provides bicyclists with a dedicated lane for a safer means of traveling to and from school. The project may begin by the first of the year and will take an estimated three weeks to complete.

PD Food Drive:  The Coronado Police Department is holding a Food Drive to support the San Diego Food Bank and those in need now through December 31. Drop off your donations to the Police Department, 700 Orange Ave., weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Christmas Eve Gift Deliveries:  Coronado Rotary members and the Coronado Fire Department are making deliveries to Coronado children this year. Those who would like a Rotary Santa to deliver a small wrapped gift to a child at their home on December 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. must bring the gift labeled with the child's name and address to the Main Fire Department, 1001 Sixth St., weekdays from December 9 to 4 p.m. on December 20. Please bring a new, unwrapped gift for a child in need, which will be donated through Father Joe's Villages. See flyer below for more information.


Coronado Holiday Parade:  It's that time of year, when the Coronado Chamber of Commerce and the City begin preparing for the City's popular annual holiday events and this festive time of year. The highlight of the holiday season is the Christmas Parade. The parade and many of the major annual events are held on one day. This year, that day is Friday, December 6. The Chamber invites the community to "embrace the magical nostalgia of Coronado." The Chamber will celebrate its 38th annual Christmas Parade, complete with Santa's arrival by ferry. Here is the list of activities: 

  • 3:20 p.m. - Santa arrives by Ferry at Coronado Ferry Landing
  • 2 p.m. - Snow mountain at Coronado Ferry Landing
  • 5-9 p.m. - Downtown Open House on Orange Avenue
  • 6 p.m. - Christmas Parade sponsored by EDCO
  • 7 p.m. - Lighting of the Rotary Plaza Christmas Tree 
  • 7:15 p.m.  - Community Band Concert at Rotary Park

Hanging a wreath at the Community Center

Poinsettias planted along Orange Avenue medians

Animal Care Facility Closure:  The Coronado Animal Care Facility has been thoroughly cleaned and has reopened. However, PAWS of Coronado has agreed to keep all the fostered animals through the holiday weekend. The facility was beset by a persistent ringworm outbreak. The facility will be open to accept stray animals and for viewing animals for adoption on Monday, December 2. For more information, Coronado residents may call PAWS of Coronado at (619) 437-1628 or the City at (619) 522-7350.


Fire Ring Update:  The City has begun a thorough maintenance operation at the City's fire rings. Beginning Tuesday, November 26, City crews began a complete excavation of the sand surrounding the fire pits. Work around three of the eight fire pits was completed and the fire rings were in use later that day. (See photo below.) The City will continue the excavation effort until all eight are completed. It should be completed today. The excavation includes digging out the fire ring area 12 to 18 inches deep and placing skimmed sand from other parts of the beach in the excavated area. The fire ring will then be replaced and ready for use. The excavated sand will be stockpiled, delineated and protected near the ice plant, adjacent to the fire ring area. On Monday, December 2, the excavated sand pile will be sifted for nails and other foreign objects. The clean, sifted sand will then be spread back across the beach. The City is researching rental sifting equipment options and will have a better idea of which sifting method to use in the coming days.

Third/Fourth Street Traffic Calming Survey, Workshop: The City will host a public workshop December 9 to solicit community input on how to improve traffic calming along Third and Fourth streets. The input will help form a study to identify strategies to reduce speed and traffic on the busy roadways. The community's input is also sought on an unscientific and informal survey asking for an evaluation of the traffic issues on Third and Fourth streets and potential strategies for addressing them. Please click on this link: www.surveymonkey.com/s/F8PC2QW and take the survey. NOTE: The deadline to take the survey has been extended to Sunday, December 1. The results will be discussed at the workshop.