Weekly Update - July 3, 2014

Date of Record: 2014-07-03


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, July 15, 2014, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.


Fourth of July home  

Fourth of July Celebration:  Coronado’s streets and sidewalks, beach and bay, and hotels and restaurants are already filled with visitors even before what is already expected to be a busy Fourth of July. The holiday this year falls on a Friday, creating a three-day weekend that is sure to bring even more visitors. The City estimates that crowds of nearly a half a million people will be in town to attend any number of activities planned for the celebration. The two largest events tomorrow are the Fourth of July parade at 10 a.m. along Orange Avenue, from First Street to Churchill Place, and the Fourth of July Fireworks Show over Glorietta Bay at 9 p.m. In between, there are many other activities, including a 15K Run and 5K Run-Walk; a rough-water swim; and, at Spreckels Park, a community concert and Art in the Park. Click here to read the full press release on the City's Fourth of July preparations, including a list of the day's events and the parade line-up, plus other important information. The San Diego-Coronado Bridge will be configured with three inbound lanes until approximately 8 p.m., when the center barrier will be moved to allow three departing lanes from Coronado. Some important reminders about holiday parking restrictions, parade and traffic information are noted here:

  • Residents are encouraged to move their cars tonight. Vehicles found parked in a “no parking” area, especially the safety zone located within a one-block radius of Orange Avenue, will be towed beginning at 4:20 a.m. tomorrow, July 4.
  • No parking is permitted on the Silver Strand State Highway, also known as State Route 75, south of the Naval Amphibious Base. Vehicles will be cited if parked on the roadway or shoulder.
  • The Free Summer Shuttle will be running its normal schedule. During the parade, an alternate bus route will be used. The City is providing a free round trip bus ride on the Fourth of July to residents of the Coronado Cays. The 901 bus will pick up passengers at the bus stop at the Cays and drive them to the Village area. Pick up a voucher before leaving the 901 bus for the free return trip. Vouchers are available at the Cays Homeowners Association office through today only.
  • The Glorietta Bay Boat Launching Ramp will not be accessible from 6 to 8 a.m. and from 8:45 to 9:30 p.m. due to the 5k run in the morning and the fireworks show in the evening.
  • No items may be used to secure a spot on the Orange Avenue median before 5 a.m. 
  • Orange Avenue will be shut down at 9 a.m. for the parade. Cross traffic will be allowed at Third and Fourth streets and at R.H. Dana Place.
  • Please do not try to save parking spaces. It is unlawful to stand in the roadway or place items in the roadway to save parking spots. 
  • Silver Strand State Beach will open its gates at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow morning, July 4, for day use and campers. There is no parking or waiting on the highway or shoulder. There is a “staging” area for campers on Cays Boulevard north of the guard station.
  • Alcohol and smoking are not allowed in any public area in the City of Coronado.
  • The City reminds drivers that Pomona Avenue will be closed to through traffic due to construction of a permanent roundabout where Pomona crosses Adella Avenue and Seventh Street. Please follow the detour signs.
  • Due to the volume of visitors, plan on traffic delays throughout the day and especially after the fireworks.
  • Please remember that the City and private property owners will be towing illegally parked vehicles. Be aware of parking signs with certain time restrictions throughout the City.

Glorietta Bay Inn 

 Glorietta Bay Inn decked out for the holiday.


Parking Sign

Parking signs near Orange Avenue, in the parade safety zone.






Holiday Closures:  The following facilities will be closed tomorrow, July 4, for the holiday.



City Facility

Fourth of July

July 4, 2014

Aquatics Center


City Hall


Club Room and Boathouse


Community Center

12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Golf Course

6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Front 9-Holes Only)




Open Regular Hours

Tennis Center

Open Regular Hours


Caltrans Median Work:  In preparation for the busy Fourth of July holiday and three-day weekend, the City had requested that the California Department of Transportation perform some weeding in an area of concern on Silver Strand Boulevard from Glorietta Boulevard to Avenida del Sol. Caltrans responded quickly and agreed to begin the work this morning. If time allows, the Caltrans crew will also try to address the weeds in the medians further south toward Avenida Lunar. Caltrans started the work early with lane closures. However, Caltrans has assured the City that it would monitor the traffic closely and remove the traffic control if it started to significantly impact traffic.

Caltrans Work

Caltrans crews cleaning up the medians before the Fourth of July celebration. 





Fire Rings Update A new sign has been installed near the entrance to the North Beach fire rings that provides rules specific to fire ring use. The City's goal with all of its beach signs is to achieve voluntary compliance of the rules and regulations at the beach. The City’s most recent Public Service Announcement is out and the topic is fire rings. Coronado wants to keep and protect the Southern California tradition of beach fires but we need the community's help. Watch the video and help keep Coronado safe and beautiful.

Fire Rings sign

Above and below: New fire rings sign in red lettering at North Beach.

Fire Ring sign close-up 


Fire Ring PSA

Click the photo above to watch the fire rings PSA.






Tidelands Park, Port of San Diego-Approved Commercial Activity:  The following groups have been approved, by the Port of San Diego, to use Tidelands Park for commercial activity:




Windstar Adventures

SUP Boarding (Once a Week)

REI Kayak or Paddle Board

Lessons SUP or Kayak, (Monday-Friday, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)

Family Kayak

Kayak rides (Ongoing on Weekends)






Special Events Permits:  The following are permits issued for beach and parks events scheduled to be held from Saturday, July 5 through Friday, July 11.





Wedding Ceremony

Central Beach

July 7

Youth Convention/Beach Clean-Up

North Beach

July 7

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

July 7

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

July 11
















Notice of Election:  A Notice of Election has been published in the local newspaper and placed on the City of Coronado website calling for a General Municipal Election on Tuesday, November 4, for two members of the City Council for full four-year terms. For information, call the City Clerk at (619) 522-7320. View a larger version of the notice by clicking on the image below.

NOtice of Election 














Historic Resource Commission:  At its meeting on Wednesday, July 2, the Historic Resource Commission designated the property at 1231 Alameda Blvd. as a Historic Resource. The Commission determined that the property at 921 G Ave. does not meet the criteria for designation as a Historic Resource.

1231 Alameda 

1231 Alameda Blvd.
















Pomona Roundabout Update:  Work continued this week, with additional measures taken to make the site as safe as possible for the July Fourth weekend. The intersection remains closed to through traffic with drivers being detoured around the construction zone. Traffic enforcement in the area has been increased and officers have been issuing tickets to drivers who are speeding and not making full stops where required. Please remember to follow the detours and obey all traffic signs in and around the construction area. For more information on the project, this PSA explains the construction on the permanent roundabout on Pomona Avenue. For any other questions, call the City's Principal Engineer Jim Newton at (619) 522-7313 or send an email to jnewton@coronado.ca.us.



Roundabout july 2 

Crews work to close a water valve.


Work continues throughout the intersection.






Accessible Pedestrian Signals and Tenth Street Reconfiguration:  The contractor will begin installing the countdown timers and audible push button equipment on Monday, July 7, at the intersection of Orange Avenue and First Street. Crews are scheduled to install the equipment at all intersections between First Street and Pomona Avenue by July 18, and to complete the project by August 4. The pedestrian signal equipment will provide audible indications, push buttons and countdown timer pedestrian indicators. The project also includes reconfiguring the Tenth Street and Orange intersection to add a new signal phasing plan and a dedicated left turn lane on Tenth. The improvements should significantly improve traffic flow through town.

Countdown Timer 















Fourth of July CraftThe Children’s Library held its annual Fourth of July T-shirt Craft this week. The first decorating session was held on Tuesday, July 1, with the final session set for this afternoon. Paint, glitter and “jewels” were available to adorn the pre-stenciled T-shirts.

T-shirt Craft 

Above and two below: Children participating in the Fourth of July T-shirt Craft.

T-shirt Craft2 


T-shirt Craft3 




Teen Craft:  The Teen program yesterday was patriotic in nature, to go along with the upcoming holiday. The teens made Fourth of July bandanas.







Google Open Gallery:  The Library will separate some of the interior images of the Library building from the rest of the web exhibit focused on Alfredo Ramos Martinez and his murals on display at the Library. The Library-specific images will be combined with historic views of the building, showing the changes that have occurred at the Library over the decades. The website for the Library’s exhibit on Google Open Gallery is: http://coronado-public-library.culturalspot.org. If you haven’t looked at the Google Open Gallery, check it out. This opportunity was afforded to few public libraries.


















Senior Scam Stopper Seminar:  Mark your calendar Monday, July 7, for an important free seminar for seniors. The Senior Scam Stoppers seminar will feature Coronado Police Department Detectives, who will speak from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way, about how to protect yourself and your loved ones from scammers. The event is sponsored by local elected officials and the Contractors State License Board. For more information, please call (619) 645-3133.






Explorer Competition:  The Coronado Police Explorers Post 150 participated in its first Explorer competition last weekend in Escondido. Explorers competed against eight other Explorer Posts from San Diego and Orange Counties. The Explorers competed in various scenarios, including domestic violence, ambush, burglary, crime scene investigation, hot stop, bus assault, a physical agility course, and firearms range qualification. Great job and congratulations to Post 150. 

Explorer competition 

Back Row L to R:  Officers Ryan Rose, Officer Sherri Mannello, Mike Dunphey, Sergeant Kevin Shank and Detective Anthony Flores

Front Row L to R:  Explorers Shane McCartney, Emma Adkins, Pedro Gonzalez and Ivan Gonzalez


Explorer competition2

Mock bus assault.


Explorer competition 2 

Firearms training.


















Glorietta Bay Park Fencing:  A small retaining wall made of wood planks and galvanized steel posts at Glorietta Bay Park near the beach has deteriorated to the point that the wall has failed. Public Services Street Division crews have installed a temporary construction fence to protect the area and visitors until a permanent solution can be made. The fence is between the south end of the sea wall and the beginning of the public beach. Use caution in this area.

GB Park fencing 

Temporary fencing installed at Glorietta Bay Park.






Cays Playground Equipment:  City staff has removed the hanging swing pods from the playground equipment at the Cays North Park due to rust. New parts are on order and as soon as they arrive, Public Services crews will install them. The City inspects playground equipment throughout town regularly to ensure the structures are sound. The coastal weather impacts Coronado’s playground equipment due to the salt in the air. A sign explaining the work has been installed.

Playground equipment Cays 

Portion of Coronado Cays playground equipment removed for repairs.






Sunset Park Drinking Fountain:  The drinking fountain at Sunset Park on the corner of Ocean Boulevard and Ocean Drive has a leak in the underground water pipe that services it. The line has been shut off and will be excavated and replaced as soon as possible. A sign explaining that the fountain is out of service has been installed. 

Sunset Park Drinking Fountain 

Sign installed at the drinking fountain at Sunset Park.


















Rocket Science CampThis week at Rocket Science Camp, 7- to 11-year-old campers tested their science skills in the Sand Dollar Room, at the Community Center. They made all types of rockets, including balloon rockets, straw rockets, and today, they will invent their own rockets for a blast-off event. They have also learned about some more advanced ideas, like Sir Isaac Newton’s laws of motion and inertia.

Rocket Science Camp 

Children participating in Rocket Science Camp.






Cut Throat KitchenAt Cut Throat Kitchen, children, ages 11 to 15, split into two teams and went head-to-head each day to cook up a storm. Guest judges were brought in to test the finished products and crown a winner, including Police Commander Mike Lawton. Sounds easy enough, but there were challenges thrown in all week to make the task a little more difficult. Contestants started off with 90 seconds to get their ingredients from the pantry, which dwindled down to 30 seconds by the end of the week. Teams could also throw “sabotages” at each other. These included having to use waffles to make grilled cheese, not being able to use any cutting utensils, and having to dig up ingredients from the beach near the Club Room and Boathouse. Things don’t always go as planned at Cut Throat Kitchen, but campers learned to be creative and resourceful, which made for some great life lessons along with great fun.

Cut Throat Kitchen 

Above and below: children participating in Cut Throat Kitchen.






Master Sports Adventure Laser Tag:  At Coronado Cays Park, 13-year-olds jumped, ran and climbed around an obstacle course with actual laser tag equipment to complete all sorts of missions. They used their imaginations to save “captured” teammates, snag an enemy jet and protect their home base. This week was truly a one-of-a-kind experience.







Summer Camps:  Below please find a list of the Summer Camps scheduled for next week.

Summer Camps July 7 













Upcoming Meetings: 
  • The Bicycle Advisory Committee meets at 3 p.m. on Monday, July 7, at City Hall.
  • The Planning Commission meeting will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, at City Hall.
  • The Design Review Commission meets at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, at City Hall.
  • The Coronado Transportation Commission meets at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, at City Hall.
  • The Civil Service Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, at City Hall.
  • The Library Board of Trustees meets at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, at the Library.