Weekly Update July 21, 2017

Weekly Update July 21, 2017


Weekly Update July 21, 2017

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Ribbon Cutting Event:  The City of Coronado and the Port of San Diego held a joint ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, July 17, to celebrate the completion of the Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp and Dock C projects. Officials with the City, the Port of San Diego and the state Division of Boating & Waterways cut the ceremonial red ribbon. The project entailed reconstructing and expanding the uses of the adjoining boarding dock with a larger free public dock which complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and a lowboarding area. It also created a non-motorized craft launch area on a new sandy beach. Improvements to Dock C consisted of redevelopment of the previous dock system to meet current fire and electrical code requirements, as well as ADA and boating design standards. The projects were funded by $4.9 million in Marina Tidelands funds or revenue the City collects for marina operations, and $1.1 million in grant funds. Grant funds for the boat launch portion of the project include a $630,000 grant from Boating and Waterways and a $470,000 grant from the Port.

Ribbon Cutting 

Ribbon Cutting 4 

Ribbon Cutting 2 

Ribbon Cutting 3 

Ribbon Cutting Dock C 

Spreckels Park Restroom Opening, Art Dedication:  The community turned out Thursday, July 20, for a dedication ceremony for the rebuilt Spreckels Park Restroom and new public art mosaics incorporated in the design. The project called for the demolition of the old restroom, which had run its useful life and did not meet current demand or Americans with Disabilities Act codes. It was replaced with a larger restroom and new portable restrooms for occasions that require greater capacity. The portable restroom trailer near Seventh Street is wrapped with an image of a carousel based on the one that operated at Tent City. The second trailer is on Sixth Street and its wrap features historic Coronado Rail Road cars from the 1880s. The new art mosaics, by local artist Kirstin Green, were inspired by the Coronado Flower Show established in 1922 and held annually in Spreckels Park. The two pieces, “Mosaic of Flowers – Hibiscus” and “Mosaic of Flowers – Zinnia” are bold floral designs. They are installed above the trough sinks. Green’s first public art installation, “Concert in the Park” completed in 2002, was restored and is adjacent to the new restroom building.

Spreckels Restroom HIbiscus 

Spreckels Restroom Group 

Spreckels Restroom Old Art  


Noise Alert:  The Hotel del Coronado has requested a permit for a fireworks display on Wednesday, July 26, at 8:45 p.m. The display will last approximately five minutes and be set up in a cordoned-off site on the private beach west of the hotel.

Coronado Chamber of Commerce AwardsThe Coronado Chamber of Commerce recognized local public safety officials and the City’s Employee of the Year at its Celebrate Coronado event this week. From the Police Department, Police Services Officers Chris Bellini and Maria Gonzalez were honored as the Chamber’s Police Officers of the Year for 2016. Fire Capt. Josh Scarboro was named Firefighter of the Year for 2016 and Brittany Hansen was named Lifeguard of the Year for 2016. The Chamber also recognized the City’s 2016 Employee of the Year Capital Projects Manager Bill Cecil.

Chamber Honorees


Fire Strike Team: Coronado Engine 36 was deployed on July 9, along with fire engines from National City, Chula Vista and San Diego as part of a five-engine strike team representing the San Diego Metro Zone in the fires north of Santa Barbara. The California mutual aid system ensures that communities in the state receive aid from other jurisdictions. While deployed, the strike team was assigned to the Stone and Alamo, (San Luis Obispo), Garza (Kings County) and Whittier (Santa Barbara County) fires.

Fire Strike Team 


Bicycle Friendly Community: In 2013, Coronado received a Silver-level designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community from the League of American Bicyclists. The designation, good for three years, is up for renewal this year, and Coronado will be submitting an application to renew. The application process assesses communities based on the “5 E’s” – Engineering, Education, Enforcement, Encouragement, and Evaluation – keys to increasing bicycle safety and ridership. The designation provides in-depth feedback about how well a community fosters safe cycling, with particular attention given to the needs of the average person and not the recreational or racing cyclists. 


Bicycle Friendly Sign

Tree Trimming Service to Begin:  The City’s tree trimming contractor has started its annual tree trimming service for publicly owned trees in the area generally bounded by Orange Avenue, Alameda Boulevard, and Seventh and Tenth streets. Public Services asks residents to be aware of “no parking” postings throughout the designated area and plan ahead with parking. There are approximately 850 trees that need to get trimmed in this area, which can take up to 90 days.

Tree Trimming Sector 5 


Cays Median Trees:  To keep Coronado’s urban forest thriving, the City had the five New Zealand Christmas trees in the Coronado Cays center medians evaluated by a third party, certified arborist. The trees were found to be in stress and will be receiving some TLC to assist with root growth and water uptake.

Cays Trees  


South Embarcadero Performance Project: The City Council received an update on the San Diego Unified Port District’s Bayside Performance Enhancement Project this week. The City provided some direction to in response to the Port’s Draft Environmental Impact Report. The project is a proposed 3.47-acre permanent performance and event venue in Embarcadero Marina Park South in San Diego that is the summer home of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. Construction is anticipated to take 10 months. The Draft EIR is available for public review, which ends Monday, July 31. The Draft EIR is available online. The community is invited to review the document and share concerns. The City’s review related to impacts on residents, including noise, aesthetics and visual resources. For questions about the draft EIR, call the District Real Estate Development Department at (619) 686‐6291.

Bayside Venue 

Pet of the Week: Reagan, a one-year-old brown Tabby cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. She was brought to the Animal Care Facility with her presidential siblings – Clinton, Kennedy and Roosevelt -- and is the last to be adopted. She is social and loving, as well as fun and playful. She is looking for a home. Her adoption fee is $50.

Reagan Pet



Recreation Programs and NewsTo find out about any class or program and how to register online for any programs at the Community Center, go to the Recreation Department’s homepage at www.coronado.ca.us/recreation or call (619) 522-7342.

  • Don’t miss the Free Summer Entertainment on Wednesdays at noon at the Coronado Community Center. This flier contains a listing of the upcoming programs. Don’t forget that the Coronado Pool has recreation swim starting at 12:30 p.m. (admission required).  

         Summer Rec Programs

  • As part of the Movies on the Bay Series, on Friday, July 28, kids are invited to watch Disney’s film “Moana” on the big screen in Coronado Tidelands Park. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. at Tidelands Park with pre-screen activities including crafts, games and contests.  The movie begins at 8. Bring a blanket or beach chair and a jacket. Also, families can bring a picnic to enjoy before or during the movie.  For additional information, call the Recreation Department at (619) 522-7342.
  • Check out all the classes offered this summer at the Coronado Boathouse: Youth SUP camp, Glorietta Bay Paddle Tours, Kayak Adventure and Teen Learn-to-Row, among others. Contact the Boathouse for more information at (619) 522-2655.

     Paddle Events

     More Paddle Events

  • Armchair Travel meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the Coronado Community Center in the Nautilus Room. Refreshments are served at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:45. Cost is $5. This past week, Jeff and Candy Tyler shared their travels from a 2016 Alaska winter journey. The next Armchair Travel will be held August 15, when Debby and Pat Callaghan will discuss their trip to Turkey.


  • Coronado Youth Soccer League has hosted a local youth soccer tournament, the Crown City Classic, in Coronado for the past 15 years where 170 competitive soccer teams from around Southern California participat. The tournament takes place across two weekends, on July 29-30 and August 5-6, and is divided into two weekends to allow for boys to play the first weekend and girls play the second weekend. Games run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at various field locations, including Tidelands Park, Sunset Park, Coronado High School, Coronado Middle School, and the Cays Soccer Field. Additional trash receptacles and portable restrooms are placed at the Cays and Tidelands to manage additional traffic at the venues by the host.


  • The Coronado Golf Course is re-introducing prepaid cards. See fee chart and conditions outlined below. Golfers can take advantage of the prepaid rounds. Call the Golf Course for details at (619) 435-3121.

         Golf Pre-Paid


Commission VacanciesThe City will have two vacancies on the Library Board of Trustees as of August 31. Applications for these vacancies must be received in the City Clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on Monday, July 24. The City greatly benefits from the expertise and energy of its volunteers and values each one. If you have an interest in serving your community, call the City Clerk’s Office at (619) 522-7320 for more information.




Annual Spaghetti Dinner:  Coronado Firefighters will host their annual Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday, July 23, at Fire Department Headquarters, 1001 Sixth St. The dinner will run from 4 to 7 p.m. and is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. The food is donated by the Hotel del Coronado and the Marriott Resort Coronado Island, and also sponsored by California American Water. All proceeds benefit the Burn Institute for injured children. Call (619) 522-7374 for more information.

Spaghetti Dinner 






Summer Festival:  The Monday Movie Matinee this week featured “Florence Foster Jenkins,” an Oscar-nominated movie starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. On Tuesday, July 18, the documentary “Waking Sleeping Beauty” was screened. The film and discussion focused on the slumbering Walt Disney Company of the 1980s, and how it regained its magic. The principals involved were Roy Disney Jr., Michael Eisner, and Coronado’s own Frank Wells. On Saturday, July 22, members of the musical group Camarada and dancers from Tango Alma will present “Tango Nuevo: The Pulse of Argentina” at 4 p.m. in the Winn Room.


Youth Programs:  A “Kids’ Color Block Candle Craft” was held Tuesday, July 18, on the Children’s Patio. A “Bedtime Story Hour and Stuffed Animal Sleepover” was held Thursday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the Ruby Room. Children were invited to come in their pajamas with their favorite plush animals and listen to bedtime stories. The stuffed animals were invited to spend the night in the library. A Teen “Gaming Extravaganza” was held on Wednesday, July 19.

Youth Programs


New Senior Volunteers:  The Police Department announced its new Senior Volunteers: community members Drew Carnegie, Hortensia Lazareno, Ned Tolbert, and Adrian Torkington. The group spent months in class and out in field training. They were officially “pinned” with their volunteer badges at graduation on Wednesday, July 19.
Senior Volunteers
From left:  Andrew Carnegie, Adrian Torkington, Hortensia Lazareno, Ned Tolbert.


San Diego Crime Commission’s Awards:  The Ninth Annual Law Enforcement Senior Volunteers Awards Luncheon was held on Thursday, July 20, at the Four Points by Sheraton.  Louis Semon was the Department’s awardee, who is a dedicated member of the team. Since 2012, he has committed more than 2,000 hours to the volunteer group and the citizens of Coronado. He also volunteers on various ministries, including at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Treasurer of United Airlines Retirees Group, Treasurer of the Coronado Navy League and is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Crime Commission AwardsFrom left:  District Attorney Summer Stephens, Louis Semon, and Carlsbad Chief Neil Gallucci.

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Ribbon Cutting Event
Posted on 07/21/2017
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