Weekly Update July 27 2018

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Weekly Update July 27, 2018

Weekly Update July 27, 2018

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Lime Bike Pays Fees, Picks up Property: Lime Bike, which has had more than 100 of its dockless bicycles impounded and stored at the City’s Public Services storage yards, paid nearly $9,300 in fees on Monday, July 23, and retrieved the 94 bikes associated with that payment on Wednesday, July 25. The company was denied a permit to operate on the City’s rights of way, however, many of its bikes turned up in town. No bike-sharing company has the necessary permits to conduct business in Coronado. To stem the proliferation of dockless bikes left in the public rights of way, the City tagged and commenced impounding the bicycles in March. The City sent the bike-sharing companies a letter informing them of the City’s plan to recycle the impounded bikes if the fees were not paid and the bikes retrieved. Impounded bikes incur a $45 per bike fee, plus $1 per day for storage. The fees cover the City’s cost for implementing the program. The City must hold the confiscated bikes for 90 days to allow the property owners reasonable time to retrieve their property. As of Friday, July 27, the City has collected 138 bikes and 100 have been picked up.

Lime Bikes 


New Ferry Landing Restaurant Building Approved: The San Diego Unified Port District board approved a plan earlier this week for Ferry Landing Associates, which also owns Flagship Cruises and Events, to build a new one-story building at 1355 First Street to house up to two new restaurants. The 7,500-square-foot building will sit on a vacant, half-acre dirt lot next to Il Fornaio restaurant at the Coronado Ferry Landing. Construction is expected to begin in 2019. The project would operate under the existing 40-year lease with the Port, which will expire in 2037. The building will accommodate 300 patrons, including 190 inside and 110 outside. Parking for the project would be provided within the existing 269 spaces in the lot south of and adjacent to the project.

Restaurant Building Location

Resto at Ferry Landing2
REsto at Ferry Landing3

Nature’s Bridge to Discovery Honored: A landmark public art project built 15 years ago by the City of Coronado was recently honored by the San Diego American Society of Landscape Architects with a 2018 Honor Award. “Nature’s Bridge to Discovery” won in the category of “Historic Restoration San Diego Landmark.” The award-winning interpretive trail is on the east side of the Silver Strand, south of Naval Amphibious Base Coronado and north of Fiddler’s Cove. Nature’s Bridge is 1.5 miles long and features five “discovery points” highlighting the one-of-a-kind ecology of the Silver Strand. The discovery points include a solstice clock, wind and dune retreat, eel grass deck, California Least Tern Interpretive Panels and a wing deck. The project was designed by Schmidt Design Group, who accepted the award. The project was made possible by the grass-roots efforts of the Silver Strand Beautification Committee, a group led by several Coronado Cays residents, that is committed to improving and preserving the physical environment of the Silver Strand.

ASLA Award

Nature's Bridge

Scooter Riders Showing up: Scooter riders have been showing up at the Skatepark since Friday, July 20, when Recreation Services opened the City facility to scooters. The City Council agreed to amend the Municipal Code in April to permit scooters. Public Services and Engineering staff plan to make modifications to the facility to better accommodate scooters. The work should take about four weeks and will be done after the busy summer months. Bicycles remain an unpermitted use at the Skatepark.



Seasonal Kelp Clean-up: Due to the high temperatures this week, the offshore kelp beds have begun dying off and coming ashore. Public Services ordered a second front end loader for beach operations for the next two weeks. It will be delivered Monday, July 30. This is a naturally occurring phenomena this time of year. One loader can adequately rake the kelp into piles to ensure the surf zone is accessible to beachgoers but the second loader can relocate and bury the piles quick enough to avoid the offensive smells of drying and decomposing kelp. The Beach Crew is working hard to rake, pile and bury the kelp. (Photo below: Kelp from 2017)

beach Kelp

Transbay Pump Station Project:  The contractor continued the valve and piping replacement on the discharge side of the pumps at the Transbay Pump Station this week. Work on the project to evaluate the Transbay Pump Station and make repairs is taking place at night during shut downs which will continue into next week. All work on this phase of the project is anticipated to be completed by the end of next week.

Transbay work

Transbay image 


Coronado Youth Soccer LeagueThe Crown City Classic, a local youth soccer tournament hosted by the Coronado Youth Soccer League, will be held this weekend, July 28-29, and again the following weekend, August 4-5. The Crown City Classic has been held in Coronado for the past 16 years. Nearly 170 competitive soccer teams from around Southern California participate. Games run from 8 a.m. until Sunset on Saturday and with the last games finishing on Sunday at 5 p.m. The tournament uses various field locations, including Tidelands Park, Sunset Park, Cays Soccer Field, and three Coronado High School fields. Additional trash receptacles and restrooms are placed at the Cays and Tidelands to manage additional traffic at the venues by the host.

Soccer image

Pet of the Week:  Rico, a 3-year-old Chihuahua who loves to snuggle, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Rico has a great personality and is getting lots of care and training by PAWS of Coronado volunteers. Rico may have been mistreated in his past and is not always comfortable being leashed or handled but he is working on these skills. He prefers a forever home but would also appreciate a foster family while he waits for a home. He will need a dog-savvy adopter to continue his training.  PAWS will include training sessions for his new family and, if fostered, PAWS will cover all medical and food expenses while in a foster home. His adoption fee $125. To set up a visit with Rico, call PAWS of Coronado at (619) 522-7371.

Rico POW




Commission Vacancies:  There will be two vacancies on the Library Board of Trustees as of August 31.  Information concerning the responsibilities, qualifications, terms, and process for applying can be found here.




Summer Festival: Monday’s Movie Matinee on July 23 featured the documentary “Hitchcock/Truffaut,” a film comprised of a series of interviews of Alfred Hitchcock by director Francois Truffaut. The Hitchcock theme will continue Monday, July 30, with a screening of “Vertigo.” The film will be preceded by a talk, “Vertigo: Costuming a Masterpiece,” given by Library Director Christian Esquevin. On Saturday, July 28 at 3 p.m., “Flamenco Arana” will perform in the Winn Room.

Summer Festival 


Youth Programs:  The “Galaxies in a Jar” Kids’ Craft was held on Tuesday, July 24, and “Paper Circuits” was held on Thursday, July 26. The latter craft had children making simple electrical circuits on paper. The “Teens Create” event on Wednesday, July 25, featured the making of confetti launchers. Last Thursday, July 19, kids got to put their engineering skills to good use. They collaborated on building with Legos, and their creations are on display in the Children’s Library.

Jar Craft Multiple

Above and below: Images from the Galaxy in a Jar craft.

Jar Craft 

Lego Craft Images

    Above four images: Images from the Lego craft.

Digital Media Lab:  A Graphics Tablet Workshop was held in the Digital Media Lab Workshop on Thursday, July 26. The workshop focused on drawing using 3D models.



Public Services Work Updates:  City crews worked on a number of projects around the City. These are the most recent:

  • Streets Division recently installed “Do Not Block” wording at the F Avenue and Fouth Street intersection this week. Streets also, touched up “Keep Clear” and “Yield” wording in the intersection at Orange Avenue and Second Street. New sidewalk was installed at 417 Fifth St. and 15 Sixpence Way. 

Public Services Work





Recreation ProgramsHere are some upcoming fun events put on by the Recreation Department:

  • The City of Coronado and the Port of San Diego presents Movies on the Bay 2018. The community is invited to join in this free family friendly showing of Disney Pixar’s “Coco” on Friday, July 27, at Tidelands Park. Pre-screening activities begin at 6:30 p.m. The movie begins at 8. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating.

Coco at Tidelands


  • Language Academy Camp takes place the week of August 6-10. Campers age 5-7 will be introduced to Portugese, Italian, French, Spanish, Arabic and American Sign Language. Through fun activities including cooking, crafts, games and songs, Language Academy participants will learn basic greetings, colors, numbers and titles of their family members in these six different languages in just one week.

  • Teens took on Camp Thrill and Chill this week. Campers ventured out to new locations each day for foot golf, archery, kayaking, snorkeling, rock climbing and paintball. There is still one more week of Camp Thrill and Chill, August 6-10. Sign up today.

Camps continue through summer. Registration for programs, classes and camps can be found here.


John D. Spreckels Center: The Spreckels Center has a lot going on this summer. Here are a few of the offerings:

  • The next Seasonal Floral Design class is set for Monday, August 6, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The fee is $45 or $35 for residents, plus a $20 materials fee payable at class.

Free Presentations continue through August featuring:

  • Cardiovascular Health Lecture on Thursday, July 31, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dr. Tomaso Romero will cover what to do and not to do to prevent heart disease.
  • Preventing Diabetes Lecture will be held on Thursday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Learn what factors increase your risk and what small steps can have a big impact on your health and quality of life.
  • A Caring for Adults with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Talk will be held on Thursday, August 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. Learn how to manage some of the behaviors and care for someone with PTSD.


Check out all the fun we had at the Ice Cream Social:

  • Coronado residents were able to beat the heat while having a great time at the Spreckels Center Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, July 24. Attendees enjoyed banana splits, fun ice cream-themed trivia, a beachy photo booth, seashell painting and a couple rounds of bean bag toss.

Ice Cream Social

Ice Cream Social2


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Lime Bikes
Posted on 07/27/2018
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