Weekly Update March 2, 2018

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Weekly Update March 2, 2018

Weekly Update March 2, 2018

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Currents Newsletter: The latest edition of the City’s newsletter Currents is now in mailboxes throughout Coronado.  It’s also available on the City’s website. Here are some highlights of what you will find in the newest volume:

  • Report Your Issues at ‘Ask Coronado’
  • Sidewalk Maintenance Program
  • Important Reminders
  • Arts & Culture in Coronado
  • Tips to Avoid Overwatering
  • What’s Going On Around Town?
  • Orange Avenue Concierge Service



Spreckels Park Sod Replacement: The City began its annual sod replacement project in Spreckels Park on Monday, February 26. Public Services’ Parks Division removed around 5,500 square feet of thin, patchy turf on the southeast side of the Gazebo (see aerial map below). The area will remain closed through this week as its prepared for the new sod arriving on Tuesday, March 6. Once the new sod is placed, the area will remain closed-off until the week of April 16, 2018, which is when the annual Flower Show will begin its setup for the April 21 and 22 event. Keeping the area closed ensures the grass is ready for events like the Flower Show and the Summer Concert series.



Community Read Programs Underway: The 2018 Coronado Community Read programming opened last Thursday with a kick-off concert at the John D. Spreckels Center that was a true “blast from the past” featuring a 10-piece band playing classic 1980s tunes. If you are wondering why the emphasis on 1980s nostalgia, then be sure to read the book, Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline. The Community Read is a signature program of the Coronado Public Library and receives generous funding from the Friends of the Library. The Cultural Arts Commission has collaborated with the Library to establish this program that strives to bring the entire community together through the shared reading and discussion of one book. Join in on the events throughout the month of March, including community book discussions, film screenings, a Coronado Roundtable program on virtual reality, and an exploration of the history and relevance of the science fiction genre.  Brochures are available at the Library and various places around town. Information is also online at www.CoronadoArts.com.

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Habitat Restoration Continues Along Silver StrandIn December of 2017, the City contacted the Navy to get an update on its Habitat Restoration Project, which had previously required the installation of many protective cones on sensitive habitat areas along the Silver Strand.  The cones were initially installed as protection for new plants whose growth will help restore the habitat for plants and animals, such as the California Least Tern and the Western Snowy Plover.  Many of the cones were recently removed; however, some of the cones have had to remain in place longer than anticipated due to the lack of rain this season, and unfortunately because some of the plants could not survive and were replanted.  The cones that are still in place will be there through late 2018. 

Sunset Park Improvements
The contractor completed importing new soil and worked this week to finish final grading. The irrigation main line, master valve, and flow sensor have been installed and all lateral irrigation lines will be trenched and installed next week. The contractor also moved the construction fencing onto the new sidewalk and removed the parking restriction along Ocean Drive. Pedestrians are reminded to use caution when walking near the construction site and encouraged to utilize the sidewalks across the street from the park, away from the construction site. Sunset Park will be closed for public use during construction and a short time thereafter for the new sod to take root, but is expected to reopen in May.


Pet of the Week: This week’s Pet of the Week is Jill. She is a sweet, interactive cat who does not act her age. At 16 years young, Jill still has a lot of spunk and affection to share. She is enrolled in the PAWS Lifetime Medical Program, so PAWS will continue to be responsible for her medical care (for a heart murmur and chronic renal disease), while her foster family provides her with a loving home. Here’s a rundown of Jill’s stats: female cat, 16-years-old, DSH, Tuxedo, shots up-to-date, spayed, microchipped, tested for FELV & FIV, dewormed, flea preventative applied. To setup a visit with Jill, call PAWS, the operator of the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.


Navy Construction Update: Coastal Campus construction work continues on the gate at the intersection of Old Fort Emory Boulevard (Hooper Boulevard) and State Route 75. People transiting the area may notice construction of a barrier being built as a temporary environmental measure to protect nesting Western Snowy Plovers from disturbance during the construction activity.  Commuters and cyclists should expect temporary lane and shoulder closures throughout the next two weeks during construction of the barrier. The lane closure will occur between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The barrier will be removed upon completion of the intersection.


San Diego Waterfront Park Event: The County of San Diego has notified the City of the twice-a-year music festival, CRSSD Fest, at its Waterfront Park, on Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego. The music festival will be held this Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Organizers expect 16,500 people. Questions can be directed to the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation at (619) 232-7275. Complaints or concerns regarding the event can be directed to the event’s Community Relations Manager Christian Clark at (858) 337-8001 or christian@CRSSDfest.com.


Upcoming Event – SuperSEAL Triathlon: The 12th annual SuperSEAL and SEAL Sprint race events will be held on Sunday, March 18, along State Route 75 (SR 75). Event organizers expect around 1,000 participants. Both swim-bike-run events cover a course along the Silver Strand. Beginning at approximately 6:30 a.m. until about 1 p.m., a detour will open SR 75 to vehicle traffic in both directions at a reduced speed, and close some lanes until about noon. The Bayshore Bikeway will be impacted as well. The parking lot at Silver Strand State Beach will close at 6:30 a.m. Event organizers have mailed notification letters to those along the route. Proceeds go to the Navy SEAL Foundation, the Optimists Club of Coronado and the Islander Sports Foundation.


(Above: Bicycle Route Map and Run Route Map)


Pool Hours Change March 12:  The Aquatics Center pool hours will be reduced beginning Monday, March 12, at which time, the pool will be closed for three hours Monday-Friday, during off-peak times, from 1 to 4 p.m. 

Lifeguard Training Classes
: The Aquatics Division will be hosting Lifeguard Training classes in March and June of this year. The Spring class starts on March 23; and the Summer class starts on June 1. See flier below for details and registration information. 

 LG train

Spreckels Center Events: There are many classes, day trips and events at the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green, 1019 Seventh Street. For more information or to register, call (619) 522-7343, drop by the Center, or visit our website at www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels.

  • The next Seasonal Floral Arranging class will be held on Monday, March 5, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. See flier for details. Materials and tools are provided and participants will leave with their own floral piece. The fee is $45 for non-residents and $35 for residents with a $20 supply fee due to the instructor on the day of class.
  • The John D. Spreckels Center is offering a crème de la crème all-inclusive Luxury Tour, Secrets of the Pageant of the Masters, on Wednesday, April 18. Participants will learn about the Pageant’s history and see everything that goes into bringing the tableau vivants (living pictures) to life.Space is limited. Pre-register by March 30, to reserve a seat. The fee is $115 for residents and $135 for non-residents and includes luxury motor coach transportation, docent-guided tour, lunch and gratuities.



Commission Vacancies
: The City has vacancies on the Transportation Commission. See flier below for the details.   



Library Programs
: A surf movie screening was held Wednesday evening, February 28, in the Winn Room. “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton” was shown at 6:30 p.m. An Oscar-nominated foreign film, “The Square,” was screened Thursday evening, March 1. Workshops on Library Apps and Photo and Slide Scanning in the Digital Media Lab, and another session of “Poetry for the People” were also held.

Youth Programs:  A Kids’ Polar Bear Mask Craft was held on Tuesday, February 27.  The Teen Advisory Board also met on Tuesday.  At the Teens Create event on Wednesday, February 28, Katherine Farley, a floral designer, taught middle and high schoolers how to create an entry for the Coronado Flower Show’s new category for teens “Mason Jar Madness.”  Supplies were provided by Root 75, Coronado Floral Association, and Smart and Final.