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Fourth of July:  Although the traditional Fourth of July celebrations in Coronado have been canceled due to the pandemic, the City anticipates large crowds over the long holiday weekend and is prepared. The beach is open daily but closes at sunset. In lieu of an actual parade, the City will air past Fourth of July parade programming over the long weekend on Coronado TV. You can watch it on Spectrum Channel 19/AT&T Channel 99 and live online. The Navy Leap Frogs have arranged to do an aerial display at 2 p.m. on the Fourth of July. The display should be visible from all over Coronado so just look up. They will land at Stingray Point beach area off the Golf Course. The Fourth of July falls on a Saturday but the holiday is observed on Friday, July 3. Many City facilities will be closed but some, such as the 50-meter pool and Skatepark, will be open with limited hours.

Fourth of July 2020 Sked

State Beach Parking Closed: Parking lots at Silver Strand State Beach will be closed for the upcoming weekend, July 3-5. State beaches in other parts of California are closing completely. Parking on the roadways surrounding Silver Strand State Beach is prohibited.

State Beach Monument Sign

21-Gun Salute: Naval Base Coronado has advised the City that it will conduct a gun salute on the Fourth of July at noon at Naval Air Station North Island in honor of the holiday. 

Fourth of July FAQ: The Coronado Police Department put together a list of frequently asked questions for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. It is posted below and may be found on the home page of the City’s website. Please obey the no-parking signs that will be enforced. Getting a ticket on the holiday is sure to ruin your weekend. The City reminds the community that commercial activity by itinerant vendors on any City street, park and the beach without a commercial use permit is prohibited. The City does not typically provide commercial use permits on the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Coronado supports and works to protect its small mom and pop brick and mortar businesses. Click here to see the FAQs.

Fourth FAQs

Banners on Orange AvenueSome traditions will be evident in Coronado this holiday weekend despite the pandemic. The City has installed the traditional patriotic-themed banners on 30 street poles along Orange Avenue, from First Street to Avenida de las Arenas, in time for the Fourth of July. Banners will remain up through mid-September. The City receives funding through the Coronado Tourism Improvement District’s Community Improvements Fund for the banner program. The grant covers the design, production and installation of up to six different banners throughout the year-long program.

Patriotic Banners

Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge: People are registering for the Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge, a fitness triple crown to get people active during the pandemic while practicing social distancing; build community; and celebrate the City’s 130th anniversary. The “Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge: Actively Celebrating 130 Years of Community” is an initiative by the City of Coronado to inspire residents to come together, challenge themselves and their neighbors, and commit to completing 130 miles of any physical activity, all while meeting COVID-19 public health guidelines. The challenge celebrates 130 years since Coronado’s incorporation as a city on Dec. 11, 1890. Coronado is home to the U.S. Navy SEALs, is an active community and is fortunate to be the home address for many Olympians and sports stars. We hope to entice our elite, professional as well as our amateur athletes to sign up and help us build fitness, raise community spirit and honor the City’s history. The Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge begins Saturday, July 11, and runs for five months to December 11. Online registration opens July 1. Since the event is a fun but virtual challenge, participants are encouraged to post photos of their progress while out exercising in beautiful Coronado by using the hashtag #Coronado130. Easy Day Sports, based in Coronado, will manage the registration, the website tracking workouts and T-shirt sales. For information on registration, email Easy Day at [email protected] or click here for more details.

130 Virtual Challenge Logo

130 Virtual imagery

Face Masks: The City has had an overwhelming response to our Mask Up! Coronado mask giveaway set for the July 4 holiday weekend. The City plans to give away 1,500 reusable face masks with the City logo on them to raise awareness about the importance of facial coverings and to make sure that people have a mask to wear. The City is working on future mask events. Stay tuned. Coronado expects to see large crowds this weekend. Some people have not been complying with the state and regional public health orders requiring face masks. For the protection of Coronado residents and all visitors, the masks will be handed out by volunteers, staff and Police Service Officers in the commercial district near Coronado Rotary Plaza from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until supplies last on July 3 and 4. The ability to pay for these masks is partly through additional money made available by the state of California and the County of San Diego as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES, Act fund. The City sincerely appreciates the extra financial assistance. Masks are the best way to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Face Mask Giveaway

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Regional Housing Allocation Appeal: In January 2020, the San Diego Association of Governments distributed its allocation of planned housing units under the Regional Housing Needs Allocation to Coronado and other San Diego County cities, as well as San Diego County. Coronado was assigned a stunning 1,001 new housing units, up 2,000 percent from the previous cycles. Coronado notified SANDAG of its intention to appeal, a process that provided Coronado 10 minutes to make its case. The City prepared an eight-minute video to explain its position. Although Coronado had the support of the majority of SANDAG members, the City lost is appeal based on a weighted vote of participating jurisdictions. Here is Coronado’s appeal video.

County Imposes Restaurant Curfew: Effective July 1, all restaurants in San Diego County must close at 10 p.m., per the County's Public Health Officer. County officials say they are hoping to prevent community outbreaks and avoid a sudden surge in local hospitals of patients suffering from COVID-19-related illnesses. On Monday, June 29, health officials ordered that bars, breweries and wineries that do not provide food to customers must close effective July 1. Only one Coronado establishment is in that category. For those businesses with a food license, they can only serve food to customers seated at a table and alcohol can only be consumed while those patrons are eating. Per the County, COVID-19 cases are being identified in a variety of settings, but recent outbreaks have been linked to bars, restaurants and private residences.

Public Restroom Program: The city is accepting applications for businesses willing to provide restroom facilities to the public in the commercial district. The City Council approved the Commercial Public Restroom Partnership program last week with the goal of fulfilling the continuing need for accessible public restrooms in the downtown area. The program allows for a partnership with downtown businesses to offer clean and safe public restrooms. In return, businesses will receive an annual lump sum payment and a monthly subsidy for maintenance costs. Participating businesses will display a sign signaling  an available public restroom and keep them open for an agreed-upon period of time. To receive an application, call (619) 522-7305. Restrooms must meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards. To receive an application, contact Dominique Albrecht at [email protected] or by phone at (619) 522-7305.

Public Restroom Partnership Program


Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Storm Drain Project:  Work to install the storm drainpipe crossing Fourth Street began this week and will continue into next week. In addition, the contractor worked to complete base paving operations within the intersection of Second Street and I Avenue in order to re-open the roadway to traffic. Next week construction operations will be moving to the intersection of First Street and I Avenue. The intersection will be closed to traffic 24/7 to facilitate this work, likely beginning around Wednesday, July 8. Please plan to use an alternative route and be aware of changed traffic patterns in the area.

Storm Drain Improvement Storm Drain Improvement

Avenida del Sol Improvements (Hotel del Coronado):  Potholing for utilities is complete and the contractor will begin installing a water main line in Avenida del Sol which will take approximately three weeks to complete. The contractor will begin the waterline work with night work on Orange Avenue from July 6 through July 9. Waterline work beginning the week of July 13 will be done during the day on Avenida del Sol.

Public Art Walking Tour Giveaway: The Coronado Public Art Walking Tour Giveaway launches July 1 to celebrate the release of a new smartphone app designed to guide residents and visitors to more than 75 works of public art throughout Coronado. Numerous Coronado restaurants and merchants have donated generous gift certificates and prizes for the giveaway contest which runs through July. If you want to participate and be eligible for the giveaway, download the walking tour app onto your smartphone by searching for Coronado Public Art on your app store, take a walking tour as you like, and take at least three selfies at different pieces of art and post them on a special Walking Tour Giveaway Facebook page. You will then be included in a random drawing of winners in early August. The app will guide you to various works of art, map your route, and tell you about each piece of art and the artist who created it. To learn more click here to watch a video.

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Library Carpet Replacement:  The Library reception and adult areas of the carpet replacement project were completed last week. Removal of the old carpet is ongoing in the Teen Space, and its new carpet has been completed. Furniture is scheduled to be delivered between July 6-9. The Children’s area carpet is scheduled to begin next.

Library Recarpeting

New Recreation Waiver: Reminder to City patrons: sign your waivers. The recently implemented new waiver covers the use of all facilities, camps and programs. If a community member signs a waiver with the use of the Club Room and Boathouse in mind, it covers them for future use of the tennis courts, any lap swim, and Skatepark use. It is available to be completed, signed and submitted digitally via the registration program, PerfectMind. All patrons of Recreation and Golf Services must create an account in PerfectMind. Participants or their parent/guardian must complete the new waiver before the first day of a camp or activity. All patrons of any Recreation facilities, camps, and programs must sign this waiver even if they signed a waiver earlier in the year. For more information or help creating a new account call (619) 522-7342.

Golf Junior Camps: Registration is officially open for the Junior Golf Camp. Camps are limited to eight campers maximum per session to comply with COVID-19 protocols and safety guidelines. Each session is $299 and will consist of game instruction then supervised course time each day. Cost includes range balls, prizes, healthy snacks and water. Each session is Monday through Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Ages 7 to 13 welcome. Call the Coronado Golf Course to register (619) 522-6590. Junior Golf Camp staff follow all County COVID-19 guidelines and all camp sessions are subject to cancellation due to new restrictions. All parents/guardians will be notified of any changes. Camp sessions this summer are July 27-30; Aug 3-6; Aug 10-13; and Aug 24-27.

Recreation Sports Camps: Due to the “safer at home” health order currently in place because of COVID-19 concerns, sports camps are canceled for the weeks of July 6 and July 13. The City will reevaluate the remaining planned summer sports camps over the next week. Sports camps with sessions the weeks of July 6 and July 13 that are directly impacted are: Basketball, Dodgeball, Kidz Love Soccer and Tennis camps. Participants in canceled camps will be contact directly by Recreation and Golf Services staff. For more information reach Recreation and Golf Services at (619) 522-7342 or email [email protected].

Recreation and Golf Services Reservations: Recreation and Golf Services is currently taking reservations for limited use of certain facilities. Here is a reference list of who to call for booking:

  • Aquatics Center Competition Pool Lap Swim – Call (619) 522-7342
  • Club Room and Boathouse – Call (619) 522-2655
  • Coronado Community Center Fitness Room – Call (619) 522-7342
  • Coronado Tennis Center – Call (619) 522-2650
    • Booking for all tennis courts, lessons and pickleball
  • Coronado Skatepark – Call (619) 708-8341
  • Coronado Golf Course – Call (619) 522-6590

Aquatics Center’s Competition Pool: The Aquatics Center’s Competition Pool has expanded reservations by one hour. Reservations for lap swim is now available for booking 6 a.m. to noon with the last reservation available at 11 a.m. call (619) 522-7342 to book a reservation.    

Recreation Summer Camps: Despite obstacles caused by the pandemic, Coronado Recreation and Golf Services is able to offer camps for the remaining summer months. Camps have started and continue through August 14. Campers can learn to hang ten at a Surf Camp or groove to the beat in Dance, Cheer or Hip Hop Camps. Also available are Lego Engineering Camps, Jump Rope Camps, Animation Camps and Babysitter Training Camps. New this summer are camps for the arts including Music Camps and Character Illustration Camps. Fans of Legos, MineCraft, Pokémon, and Star Wars will find camps filled with their favorite characters. Register early for these programs as they fill up quickly. However, registration is open throughout the summer. Check the E-brochure located at www.coronado.ca.us/Register. Call Recreation and Golf Services for registration assistance and for general information at (619) 522-7342.

Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following position is open on the Design Review Commission (one vacancy for a design professional). 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.

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City, Red Cross Blood Drive: The City of Coronado continues to partner with the American Red Cross to host blood drives in the Coronado Community Center. The Red Cross currently has an urgent need for blood. To date the city has hosted several successful drives. The next drive is scheduled for Tuesday, August 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Nautilus Room. Donations are by appointment only through the Red Cross website. At each event, the Red Cross staff follow the highest standards of safety and infection control and have implemented additional precautions in light of COVID-19. Since the onset of the pandemic Coronado has sponsored three blood drives with the American Red Cross. In total, 130 units have been collected, which can go on to save up to 390 lives. Two more blood drives are scheduled. The July 15 blood drive is full but there are appointments available for the August 25 drive. For a limited time, the American Red Cross will test all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional health service to donors.

Red cross blood drive

Osher Lecture Virtual: This week's Osher lecture is David Neumark's “Using Minimum Wages to Fight Inequality and Policy.” The primary arguments for a higher minimum wage are (1) that it will increase earnings of low-wage workers, and (2) that it will increase incomes – specifically to reduce poverty of low-income families. It may seem intuitive that a higher minimum wage will achieve the aforementioned, and it does give the appearance of greater fairness; however, the overall effects are not so clear. This lecture discusses the U.S. evidence on the results of a wage increase, and briefly touches on an alternative to minimum wage. Presenter David Neumark is a Distinguished Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Center for Population, Inequality, and Policy at UC Irvine. The video will be available through Sunday, July 5. All our Osher lectures are brought to you through the Spreckels Center’s continued partnership with UC San Diego’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Pet of the Week:  Violet, a sweet and curious 10-year-old black cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Violet originally came to the Coronado Animal Care Facility last fall when she was found wandering the Coronado Cays Yacht Club. She was adopted in January but she was returned recently after her adopter died. Violet has been diagnosed with kidney disease and has a benign mass on her front right paw.  Due to this diagnosis, PAWS will provide her food and manage and pay for her medical care for her lifetime.  Her adoption fee is $35. To find out more about Violet, call PAWS of Coronado, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Violet Pet of the Week

COVID-19 Information: The City is working diligently to provide the latest news and information on the coronavirus pandemic. The City issues a newsletter on an as-needed basis 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 click 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 (FacebookTwitter and Instagram) and check the Coronavirus Information webpage to get City updates throughout the day and weeks.

COVID-19 Page

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