Weekly Update June 12, 2020

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Weekly Update June 12, 2020

Weekly Update June 12, 2020


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Parking Restrictions Removed: At a special meeting on Tuesday, June 9, the City Council approved removing all COVID-19-required parking restrictions around Coronado's beach and parks. The action follows the most recent update to the San Diego County public health order that allowed parking as of Tuesday, June 9, at beach and park parking lots, more outdoor activities, as well as the opening of schools and childcare facilities. The County said it is making progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19 to allow for more reopening. All businesses or activities have restrictions on how they can operate. Before reopening, please read and take the reopening steps outlined on the County coronavirus web page including completing the Safe Reopening Plan. Parking restrictions put in place due to the health emergency are now fully lifted around Coronado.

Beach Parking Reopened

Activities, Operations Approved for Reopening: The San Diego County public health officer has approved the immediate opening of day camps, the City’s pool and fitness center. This means that the City will move forward with the soft reopening of Recreation's 50-meter lap pool, the Community Center's fitness room, and summer camps. Each of the facilities and activities will be expanded moving forward, as appropriate.

  • Summer Camps: Recreation staff is gearing up to hold camps starting June 22. Camps will be limited to 10 campers each. The final camp lineup is still to be determined but staff is working on the E-brochure set to be published online on June 16. Registration for residents is June 17-19 using the online registration system PerfectMind. Phone registration will not be accepted at this time. Residents are encouraged to provide proof of residency prior to June 17 to ensure they have established resident status. Check the City's website for the E-brochure and your mailbox for a reminder postcard coming soon. Nonresidents and residents may sign up online and by phone beginning June 20. No in-person registration will be allowed at this time.
  • Pools: Five 50-meter lanes will reopen for use on June 24. The lanes will be open Monday through Friday from 6 to 11 a.m. Reservations are required and will be taken by phone starting June 17. Swimmers may use a lane once per day and up to three times a week. The department is currently rehiring and training staff. The pool has been maintained in working order during the shutdown and the heaters were recently restarted. The City Council directed staff to open the pools and expand services when appropriate. Call (619) 522-7342 for reservations or more information.
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  • Fitness Center: Two people at one time will be permitted to work out in the fitness room at the Community Center beginning June 22. Patrons may work out for up to one hour a day three times a week. Hours are still to be determined. Reservations are required and will be taken starting June 17. Call (619) 522-7342 for reservations.

Opened, Opening Soon: The City has reopened the dog washing station near Dog Beach. The facility was closed when the beach closed April 3 due to the required sanitation protocol and limited staffing. The City has worked out a plan of action with its janitorial contractor for the sanitation requirements, which allowed for the reopening in time for the weekend. City businesses should visit the San Diego County web page to find out more on the updated public health order approving the reopening of gyms, bars, hotels, movie theaters and museums, among other businesses and activities, and what is required to reopen.

Dog Wash Station Reopened

What Remains ClosedPlayground equipment, the Spreckels Park bandstand and the fire rings at North Beach remain closed due to state and San Diego County restrictions in place regarding gatherings. State officials have not provided guidance on nail salons, facial salons, tattoo parlors, therapeutic massage businesses, conventions, concerts and live audience sports and they remain closed. The City knows that people are eager to other activities open such as bands and concerts but please be patient, follow the rules and we will get there safely.

Playground Closed

Silver Strand State Beach: Silver Strand State Beach reopened its parking lot on Thursday, June 11. Camping is expected to reopen today, Friday, June 12, at 40% capacity and be fully open by June 22. Silver Strand State Beach closed on April 3, when the City’s beach was closed to the public, and was reopened May 5, to active use. The City reopened it beach in a similar manner on April 27. The City had placed no-parking signs along Coronado Cays Boulevard to discourage people from driving there. The signs were removed June 10.

Silver Strand State Beach sign

Fourth of July:  The Fourth of July is right around the corner and although Coronado has canceled many of its traditional celebrations due to the pandemic, the City is preparing for the long holiday weekend and expected large crowds. The San Diego County public health officer has approved the limited reopening of beaches and parks, lifting of parking restrictions, and opening of restaurants, hotels and bars. This is sure to attract visitors despite the cancellation of the popular Fourth of July Parade, the holiday concert in Spreckels Park and the fireworks show, among other events, due to the public health emergency. The Fourth of July falls on a Saturday but the holiday is observed on Friday, July 3. Many City facilities will be closed. There are some events being planned that the City is monitoring and certain City facilities will be open throughout the three-day weekend.

Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Storm Drain Improvement Project:  Trenching operations on the Third, Fourth and I Avenue Storm Drain project continued between Third and Fourth streets and will likely continue into next week. In addition, installation of the storm drainpipe crossing at Second Street began, which requires complete closure of the intersection until the work is completed. Please note a detour in effect at the intersection of Second and I Avenue. The City is overseeing the project to ensure all appropriate measures are taken to lessen these impacts on the surrounding community. This includes limiting the amount of stockpiled soil and rock, dust control through watering, and proper cleaning of equipment and the surrounding area to limit tracking debris off the construction site.

Storm Drain Improvement Storm Drain Improvement

Avenida del Sol Improvements (Hotel del Coronado): The Hotel del Coronado began improvements along Avenida del Sol. This phase of the work is to relocate the underground utilities in the area and it should last up to 1.5 months. The contractor removed the sidewalk on the south side of the street between the existing driveway to the Shores condominiums and Orange Avenue and temporarily paved it to help provide access to the Shores throughout construction. Some night work on Orange Avenue (utility potholing and installation of dewatering wells) is expected to take place between June 15 and June 30; additional notification will be provided once the contractor applies for the required noise permit and indicates the exact dates and times of the work. This is part of the hotel’s approved Master Plan, which also includes the total reconstruction of Avenida del Sol, the installation of a new traffic signal and new main entrance to the hotel.

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Avenida del Sol rendering



Summer Reading Program: The Coronado Public Library is excited to launch its 2020 Summer Reading Program, running from Monday, June 15 to Wednesday, August 12. This year’s theme invites children, teens and adults to “Dive into Discovery,” by participating in a summer filled with reading challenges, virtual events, interactive activities and through our partnership with Emerald Keepers, kids will have opportunities to learn more about ocean life and how to preserve our environment. Summer reading programs are normally a rewarding, and important tradition of summer vacation. Reading during the summer helps combat the “summer slide” or loss of reading skills that many students experience when not in the classroom. This year especially, with the school year cut short or modified, summer reading is even more important than ever. Even though the library building is closed for now, all are encouraged to join the free Summer Reading Program by registering at Coronado.beanstack.com beginning Monday, June 15.  Once registered you can log reading time and earn activity badges online. If you have any questions, please contact the Library at (619) 522-7390 anytime Monday-Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Library Curbside Pickup: Since the Coronado Public Library resumed its street side book drops for returns and curbside pickup services May 11, Library staff has received 2,309 calls and checked out 11,475 items.  It is important to note that after patrons return items, they are “quarantined” for 5 days. This measure is taken to ensure the safety of patrons and employees. After the quarantine period, books are processed and returned to the shelves for other patrons to enjoy. 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. The number to have your items delivered to your vehicle or to place a hold is (619) 522-7390.

Curbside Pickup Sign

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Reopening of Lawn Bowling Green: In the first week of the reopening of the Coronado Lawn Bowling Green, there were 71 plays, which equals players. The number of plays is nearly as many as there were during the month of May 2019, when there were 95 plays but more playing time available and matches held every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The Lawn Bowling Green at the Spreckels Center reopened May 28 with the required San Diego County reopening plan which includes a list of physical distancing and sanitation measures that are in place to protect members and participants. Those playing must wear face masks and have their temperatures checked. Reservations are required.

Blood Drive Results: The Coronado Blood Drive on Wednesday, June 10, resulted in the Red Cross exceeding its goal at 106%.  In total,  53 units were collected, which can go on to save up to 159 lives. Since the City partnered with the Red Cross in April during COVID-19, a total of 130 units have been collected which can go on to save up to 390 lives. The next drive is scheduled for Wednesday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Nautilus Room. Donations are by appointment only through the Red Cross website. The Red Cross staff follow the highest standards of safety and infection control and have implemented additional precautions in light of COVID-19. Click here to make an appointment.

Red Cross Blood Drive flier

Osher Lecture This Week: This week’s free online lecture "The Partisan Pendulum of American Politics: Are We a Bipolar Nation?" is available now by the popular political presenter, James Ingram. The lecture introduction: Since the end of the New Deal Coalition, the United States has swung wildly from one political party to the other. The partisan pendulum is not exclusively presidential but includes party transfers in the congressional and state elections as well. Is this why our country seems to be unable to accomplish much in recent years, or is this symptomatic of a checks-and-balances system that has been with us for 12 score years? The video is available for online viewing now through Sunday, June 14. All Osher lectures are brought to you through the John D. Spreckels Center's continued partnership with UC San Diego’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. https://vimeo.com/398312264


Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following position is open on the Design Review 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.


Pet of the Week: Dusty, a 1-year-old sweet white and gray cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Dusty likes to snuggle and is smart and curious. He is handsome and confident and will make a great pet. His adoption fee is $50. To set up an appointment, call PAWS of Coronado, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Dusty 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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Posted on 06/12/2020
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