Weekly Update May 15, 2020

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Weekly Update May 15, 2020

Weekly Update May 15, 2020

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Businesses Reopening Phase II: At a special meeting Friday, May 8, the City Council endorsed a list of acceptable businesses in Coronado that may conditionally conduct retail curbside commercial activity beginning May 8. Council members met to discuss how the state of California and County of San Diego’s Phase II reopening guidelines affect Coronado and what actions to take for local businesses. Those businesses that reopen must post a Safe Reopening Plan to ensure employee and customer safety, sanitation, physical distancing and communications guidelines are implemented. The Council approved the definition of curbside retail as “the delivery of goods to the customer outside of the interior retail space or in a vestibule or foyer just inside the front door.” The list includes: bookstores, jewelry stores, toy stores, clothing and accessory stores, shoe stores, home and furnishing stores, sporting goods stores, antique stores, music stores, florists, picture frame stores, stationery or paper stores, office supply stores, candy stores – with pre-packaged goods (no self-serve), cigar or smoke shops (no congregating or trials allowed), beer, wine, and liquor (no tasting), specialty food stores (no tasting), vehicle rental including golf carts, fine art stores, novelty shops.

Other Council Action: The City Council agreed at the May 8 special meeting to discontinue the curbside take-out pickup zones the City implemented April 7 to help restaurants that could no longer offer sit-down dining. The Council also directed staff to draft a letter to state and County officials that would highlight the inequities between large and small retail businesses as outlined in the current guidelines to help open the conversation in support of local small businesses. The Council will review the letter at its next meeting, May 19.

Curbside Pickup Zone

Skatepark Reopens: The City’s Skatepark will reopen on Friday, May 15, on a limited basis. Reservations are required to use the facility and must be made 24 hours in advance. No more than two half-hour slots may be reserved per day and two patrons or two household groups will be allowed per half-hour. Call (619) 708-8342 and leave a message or email [email protected] for reservations. There will be no charge to use the facility during this time. The Skatepark will be supervised. Patrons must wear a mask when interacting with staff and provide their own safety equipment and all gear. Read the Coronado Skatepark Safety Protocol for information during the special COVID-19 re-opening. The hours will be limited to Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6:30 p.m.

Skatepark Reopes

Parks Monitoring Update: Recreation Services staff has begun monitoring City parks to ensure that visitors are complying with San Diego County’s updated health order. City parks reopened last week for sitting and picnicking if visitors follow proper social distancing measures and only gather with those in the same household. A phone number has been set up for those who have concerns about park gatherings. From May 9, when the phone number was activated to May 14, staff received 19 calls, with most related to which facilities and programs were open and about park restrooms and park access policies. Staff members are being instructed to advise groups that are not from the same family or household of the rules and ask them to disperse. The phone number is (619) 964-6646 and will be staffed for calls seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Glorietta Park image

Library Curbside  Reopening Update: The Coronado Public Library resumed its street-side book drops for returns and curbside pickup services last week. The response has been overwhelming. Over the course of six hours on the first day of service, May 11, Library staff received 92 calls, took 483 book requests and checked in 1,691 items. These checked in items were in the possession of Library patrons, who could not return them due to the pandemic. There was no charge for overdue books. Curbside pickup services are offered Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Library customers will be able to search the catalog (coronadolibrary.org) and place holds anytime online, or by phone Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Staff will notify patrons when hold items have been pulled, sanitized and are ready for contact-less pickup. Pull up in front of the Library during service hours and call the Library to let staff know you are there and staff will deliver your items to your car. The number to have your items delivered to your vehicle or to place a hold is (619) 522-7390.

Library Curbside image

Coronado Boathouse Reopening Update: The Boathouse had a soft reopening on May 8. For those who do not have a punch pass/membership or a vessel stored at the facility, you may rent a paddle board, kayak or tandem kayak for $25 during the re-opening period. Tandems will only be allowed for those from the same household. You must make a reservation at least 24 hours prior to visiting the facility. Users are strongly encouraged to provide their own life jackets. The hours will be limited to Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Club Room remains closed. Please call (619) 522-2655 and leave a message or email [email protected] for reservations. See the Boathouse protocol here.

Boathouse Reopening

Memorial Day Ceremony:  The annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Star Park has been canceled this year. However, the local sponsors – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2422, Coronado Post; United States Navy League, Coronado Council; Military Officers Association Of America, Silver Strand Chapter; and Marine Corps League, Coronado Detachment – and the City of Coronado are working to produce a special videotaped program of the Memorial Day Ceremony that can be viewed on Coronado TV (Spectrum 19/AT&T 99) on Memorial Day, May 25, at 10 a.m. It will be replayed in the weeks following the holiday.

Memorial Day filming

Memorial Day Holiday: The City of Coronado will observe the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 25. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on the holiday. EDCO will not perform regular residential trash collection on Memorial Day. See the schedule below for any services that will remain open with varying hours of operation:

Mem Day Sked

Lifeline Loan Program
: The City will open the Lifeline Business Loan Program to Tier 2 businesses on Monday, May 18, a week earlier than planned. The City has so far paid loans totaling approximately $1 million to eligible Tier 1 businesses. The City Council approved the Lifeline Business Loan Program on April 21. Council members asked staff to quickly help local businesses who have been forced to close or vastly reduced their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Within a week, City staff developed application forms and loan agreements, and began issuing checks May 1. The Coronado Chamber of Commerce is issuing and receiving loan applications. Contact Sue Gillingham at  [email protected]   or (619) 435-9260.

Business Lifeline Loan Program

Police Department Motorcycle Training Article: A story in the most recent edition of the San Diego County District Attorney’s Law Enforcement Quarterly newsletter features the Coronado Police Department’s Ride to Live course. The City provides stories from time to time for publication in the quarterly online publication. The next class is scheduled for September 19 but Police officials had to cancel the March and May classes due to the pandemic.  The March class is pending rescheduling, with a target date of October. Participants from the May class were moved to the November class. The Coronado Police Department offers the course free to residents and others who drive in Coronado to provide them with the  skills they need to avoid or minimize collisions. The City hopes the program will give officers another way to positively interact with the motorcycle-riding community. Read article here.

 Law Enforcement Quarterly  


Flyover for Frontline Responders: The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will fly over the various hospitals in San Diego beginning at noon on Friday, May 15, in support of all the region’s first responders. 

Flyover for Frontline Responders



Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Storm Drain Project:  Trenching operations on the 100 block of I Avenue and installation of the 48-inch diameter storm drain pipe are nearing completion on the Third, Fourth and I Avenue Storm Drain Improvement project. A base course of asphalt is planned to be installed along the trench line early next week and the contractor will continue trenching south toward Palm Avenue.

Storm Drain Improvement Storm Drain Improvement

Bike Month: May is Bike Month in Coronado and, although we are in the midst of a public health emergency, we can all thankfully still ride our bikes. But how is the City hosting Bike Month this year? With the proper social distancing measures in place and keeping in mind that riding alone is best, new and seasoned bike riders can hit the streets, log their miles and earn some great prizes through regional and national bike challenges. Learn about both programs by clicking here.

Bike Month Image


Peace Officers Memorial Day
: By presidential proclamation, U.S. flags in Coronado will be flown at half-staff Friday, May 15, in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day. Flags should remain at half-staff from sunrise to sunset. 

Flag Half Staff

Blood Drive: Coronado hosted a second blood drive for the American Red Cross on Tuesday, May 10, at the Coronado Community Center. The drive had 34 donors, from whom 32 pints of blood were collected. The drive attracted 23 first time donors. During the COVID-19 emergency, the Red Cross has had a great need for blood donations and Coronado has stepped up and hosted two successful drives. A third drive is scheduled for June 10 at the Community Center. Appointments are required and can be made online.

Household Hazardous Waste Program to Resume:  The City’s Household Hazardous Waste disposal location at 101 B Ave. will resume operations on a reduced schedule, starting May 16. The program will open on the following Saturdays: May 30, June 13 and June 27. The program, which is open to residents only, has been held weekly. View flier for more information and a list of items you may bring.  Call Public Services for more information at (619) 522-7380. Click here for more information about Coronado’s Household Hazardous Waste program, as well as other waste disposal services. The Public Services Department will reassess in June to see if the program will revert to the full schedule as early as July.

Household Hazardous waste program

Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following position is open on the Cultural Arts Commission (one vacancy). Applications are being accepted for this position. Responsibilities of each commission/committee, qualifications for appointment, term of office, and deadline for receipt of applications can be found on the bottom of the City’s Boards, Commissions and Committees page.



COVID-19 Information: The City is working diligently to provide the latest news and information on the coronavirus pandemic. The City issues a newsletter twice a week with news, resources, features and information on how Coronado is working to help stop the spread of the virus. To subscribe to the COVID-19 Update, click on this link to see a copy of the newsletter than hit subscribe and provide your email address. News may also be found on the City’s website: www.coronado.ca.us. You can follow the City on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and check the Coronavirus Information webpage to get City updates throughout the day and weeks.

COVID-19 Page

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Orange Avenue Businesses
Posted on 05/15/2020
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