Weekly Update June 16, 2017

Weekly Update June 16, 2017


Weekly Update June 16, 2017

Weekly Update:  Check out the City Manager’s Weekly Update video for a quick look at what's going on in town. If you are interested in receiving an emailed notice of the Weekly Update, sign up for eNotifications on the City’s website, enter your email address and click on City Manager’s Weekly Update and any other documents you would like to receive.

Bridge Lane Test OK’d: The City is pleased to announce that the California Department of Transportation has agreed to a three-month test of reconfigured weekend travel lanes on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge that should ease traffic in town. The test will begin on Saturday, July 1. The City Council recently requested that the current weekend configuration be the same as the weekday configuration to avoid traffic impacts from crowds that visit the City on weekends. The City made the same request to the state last year. The test will allow three lanes heading into Coronado and two lanes heading out in the morning, and two lanes heading into Coronado and three lanes heading out in the afternoon. The City appreciates the timely response as it gears up for the Fourth of July and the busy summer months ahead. Coronado is confident it will result in a significant improvement to bridge traffic. A final decision will be made following an evaluation of traffic during the test period.

Bridge Aerial


Workshop to Focus on Bike, Pedestrian Improvements:  A public workshop set for Monday, June 19, is a continuation of the City’s ongoing efforts to develop a community consensus for transportation improvements that will make it safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. The community is encouraged to attend and get involved. This is the second of three planned workshops. It will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Library’s Winn Room. The City is working with an ad-hoc committee and the community to develop an Active Transportation Master Plan to include these proposed improvements as traffic volumes in Coronado continue to increase. The open-house workshop will allow attendees to drop by anytime during the evening to provide their input, learn about the Master Plan and talk to City staff and the project team. Light refreshments will be served. Visit the Active Transportation page to review workshop materials, learn about other recent activity and sign up to receive emails about new developments.

Stakeholder Meeting 

Public Workshop Flier

Low Tide Ride & Stride Event:  Coronado Rotary Club's Low Tide Ride & Stride will be held Saturday, June 17, along an 8.2-mile beach course from Imperial Beach to Coronado’s Sunset Park. Coronado Police Officers and Senior Volunteers will assist with the event at the beach and at Sunset Park. The event starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. Area residents were notified earlier this month. Ocean Boulevard, immediately adjacent to Sunset Park and Naval Air Station North Island Gate No. 5, will be closed during the event. Parking restrictions are expected to be lifted by no later than 1 p.m.

Low Ride Course

Fourth of July Events:  Coronado is gearing up for the City’s annual celebration of the Fourth of July, which is a little more than two weeks away. The holiday this year falls on a Tuesday and the City expects big crowds at the beach and at many of the day’s planned activities. The two largest events on July 4 are the Fourth of July parade at 10 a.m. along Orange Avenue, from First Street to Churchill Place, and the Fourth of July Fireworks Show over Glorietta Bay at 9 p.m. In between, there are many other activities, including a 12K Run and 5K Run-Walk; a rough-water swim; a community concert; and a parachute demonstration in Glorietta Bay. Check out this list of frequently asked questions put together by the Coronado Police Department on parking restrictions, parade and traffic information online. Due to technical difficulties last year, the Fourth of July Parade was not aired live on Coronado TV as it has in years’ past. A taped version was edited and shown. The City is getting new equipment to allow for the live broadcast on Spectrum 19 and AT&T 99.

Fireworks Show

South Embarcadero Performance Project: The San Diego Unified Port District has released its Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Bayside Performance Park Enhancement Project and Port Master Plan Amendment. The project is a proposed 3.47-acre permanent performance and event venue in Embarcadero Marina Park South in San Diego that would include a covered stage with 4,500 square feet of performance space. Construction is anticipated to take 10 months. The Draft EIR is available for a minimum 45‐day public review period ending at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 31. The Draft EIR is available online. The Bayside Performance Park has been designed as the summer home of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and other artists and events. In the past, the community has expressed concern about the noise from the venue. The City is reviewing the study, particularly as it relates 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 Park Rendering

Bayside Venue Map 

Dock C/Boat Launch Ramp:  The contractor on the Dock C and Boat Launch Ramp project completed installation of the riprap east of the existing seawall. The area had eroded due to tidal action over the years and threatened to undermine the Glorietta Bay Park walkway. The platform gate, gangway and guardrails at Dock C were installed as was the guardrail at the Boat Launch Ramp. Work anticipated to be done this week includes the final curb installation at the ramp and the grouting of the ramp panels into place. The trench drains around the boat wash off and the trench drain at the top of the ramp are also expected to be installed.

Dock C
Boat Launch Ramp
Boat Launch Ramp2

Short-term Rental Reminder:  With summer right around the corner, the City would like to remind residents that renting a residential property in Coronado for less than 26 days at a time is prohibited. The City is monitoring vacation rental web sites as a means of identifying properties that are violating its short-term rental ordinance, and is reaching out to those owners. Violators may be fined and subject to legal action. Short-term rentals have been illegal in Coronado for more than 20 years. However, with the popularity of online vacation rental sites, the issue is coming up with increasing frequency. Residential neighborhoods are not zoned or intended for high use. Having new tenants on a rotating basis on any of the City’s quiet residential streets impacts the quality of life that many in Coronado expect. The City encourages visitors to use the more than 2,000 rooms in hotels and timeshare units legally allowed to rent for short stays. If you would like to report a short-term rental in your neighborhood, email rentalviolations@coronado.ca.us or call the City Manager’s Office at (619) 522-7335.


Pet of the Week: Sarge, a 10-year-old retriever mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. He came to PAWS of Coronado when the owner could no longer care for him. He is a gentle guy looking for a new home. He is 84 pounds and needs some space. His adoption fee is $65. To set up a visit with Sarge, call the Animal Control Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Sarge Pet of the Week


Noise, Traffic Alerts: 

  • The Hotel del Coronado has requested permits for fireworks displays on June 28, a Wednesday at 9 p.m., and July 1, a Saturday at 8:50 p.m. The displays will last approximately five minutes and be set up in a cordoned-off site on the beach west of the hotel.
  • On Friday, June 16, the USS Theodore Roosevelt will host a change of command ceremony which will include a 21-gun salute; on Thursday, June 15, a test of the saluting battery was conducted.
  • On Monday, June 19, the USS Theodore Roosevelt will host a friends and family cruise, a tradition before or after a long deployment. Bus transportation is being provided from the Mission Valley area from 4:45 to 5:15 a.m.; however, it is anticipated that a large number of guest will drive to Coronado. Residents can anticipate a significant increase in morning and evening traffic. Navy gates will open early and remain open late in support.


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.

  • Armchair Travel meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Coronado Community Center in the Nautilus Room. Refreshments are served from 6 to 6:45 p.m., when the speaker begins their presentation. A $5 admission fee is payable at the front desk in the Community Center. The last program featured David Strack, who took participants to Berlin. The next Arm Chair Travel is Tuesday, June 20, and Helen Anderson will take participants to Kashmir, India. 

     Armchair Travel

  • The Summer 2017 Brochure is now available and registration is open to all. Summer camps for all ages start on Monday, June 19. The City of Coronado Recreation Services Department offers recreation programs that include preschool classes for the very young, youth classes, sports, teen events, fitness, gymnastic and dance classes, camps, skate park and special events. (Photos below: Left and right: This year’s staff for Prekinder and Summer Specialty Camps. Bottom: Camp Coronado Summer Camp staff.)

    Prekinder Specialty Camps

               Summer Camp Staff

  • Would you like to learn about programming and special events at the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green?  Join the Spreckels Center interest list by calling (619) 522-7343 or emailing spreckelscenter@coronado.ca.us. To register for programming, drop by the facility, call or go online. Below are fliers for some upcoming programs at the Center.

    Spreckels Center Classes 

  • There are many events planned at the Coronado Boathouse this summer. The next Sunrise Paddle will be held Saturday, June 24. Full Moon Group Paddles will continue throughout the summer months on July 8, August 6, and September 6. Contact the Boathouse for more information at (619) 522-2655. See fliers below for more information.

     Paddle Events

     Full Moon Paddle

    SUP ROW classes



  • Beginning June 17, through August 20, the pool hours will change for the summer season. See flier below for the details.

         Aquatics Hours


Commission VacanciesThe City of Coronado 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 Street Tree Committee currently has one vacancy that is available immediately. The City greatly benefits from the expertise and energy of these 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.

Commission Vacancies 



Youth Programs:  Children’s book author Karolyn Smith visited the Children’s Library on Tuesday, June 13, and read from her book “Sophia the Bionic Cat.” This year, the Library will present a unique event as part of the Teen “Reading by Design” summer reading program. Teens were invited to submit art for the first Summer Visual Arts Show. Twenty-one pieces of art, including paintings and ceramics, were submitted. The Summer Visual Art Show will be on display from Monday, June 19, through August 18 in the Teen Library.

Library Reading 

Summer Festival:  Noted concert pianist Richard Glazier will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, in the Library’s Winn Room.  His performance is titled “Great Music from the Stage & Screen.”  Richard Glazier has performed at Carnegie Hall and for PBS, and is a repeat Summer Festival performer. Tickets are required, but are free and available at the Library.

Glazier Concert 


Huck Finn Day  
Above and below: Fathers and their kids enjoyed games and a hot dog lunch at Huck Finn Day on the Library lawn on Saturday, June 10.

Huck Finn Day2



Maximum Enforcement DayOn Tuesday, June 13, Coronado Police Officers held a maximum enforcement day between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. During that time, a total of 88 citations were issued including three misdemeanors.

Tips for a Safe Summer:  As summer approaches and the weather warms up, we all like to be out and about for some summer fun. Stay safe by following these simple summer safety tips:

  • Pedestrians only; walk your wheels in the business district. 
  • Remember, no smoking or alcohol on public property.
  • The City has a Responsible Host Ordinance. It’s a crime to allow minors to drink alcohol on your property.
  • Lock your bicycle with a U-Lock to a designated bicycle rack.
  • Always wear a helmet while riding a bicycle.
  • Never leave your pet in a car unattended, even with the windows cracked. 
  • Driving to the beach? Lock all your valuables in the trunk before you get there. 
  • Even in warm weather, close and lock all doors and windows before leaving your house even if you will only be gone a short time. An open door or window creates an opportunity for crime. 
  • Driving a golf cart around town enjoying our perfect weather? The vehicle needs to be street legal and follow all the rules of the road. Remember, it’s a vehicle. 
  • Going on vacation? Sign up at the Police Department for a free vacation house check.
  • Loading or unloading your motorhome for a trip? Don’t forget to pick up your free 48-hour parking permit at the Police Department for oversized vehicles more than 24 feet. 
  • Be observant. Call the Police Department if you notice anything suspicious at (619) 522-7350.

For more summer safety tips, please stop by the Police or Fire Department, or main lifeguard tower for a free summer safety brochure.

Beach Image 


Public Services Work Updates:  City crews worked on several projects around the City. Here are the most recent:

  • The painting contractor has completed the metal repairs and painting work on the exterior of the Community Center building. The same work at City Hall should be completed by mid-week next week. The metal lettering will be reinstalled after the paint has cured enough the install, which should be a couple of days after painting is completed.

         City Facility Work

  • This week the pump motor for the fountain in Rotary Park was removed and sent to be rebuilt. Public Services anticipates that it will be installed in about two weeks, in time for the Fourth of July. While the motor is out of the vault, several other maintenance items will be repaired. 
         Fountain Work

Stay Informed Coronado:  Do you like being in the know? Do you know what’s going on in Coronado? However, you like to get your city news, Coronado has many ways for you to get it. Do you like Twitter? We are active on Twitter. Do you prefer Facebook? Like us to keep up. Maybe you prefer a text message for traffic advisories. Sign up for the City’s Police Department Nixle account. What about an email reminder that a meeting is coming up or the council agenda is online? We have that, too, through our eNotification system. Of course, almost all of that can be found online in the City Manager’s Weekly Update, a compendium of all the news and events that are going on or coming up in Coronado. You can sign up to receive an email as soon as it is published online or you can visit the City’s website on Friday at noon and find it there. Finally, don’t forget to check the City’s new website, where you can find news and information that affects residents, businesses and visitors.


Bridge Aerial
Posted on 06/16/2017
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