Weekly Update May 21, 2021

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Weekly Update May 21, 2021

Weekly Update May 21, 2021

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Avenue of Heroes Spring Ceremony: Twice a year, the City and Avenue of Heroes Committee present the Avenue of Heroes Banner Dedication Ceremony. This is a special event that honors local active or retired service members with a reading of their service biographies while photos of their military careers are shown. The next ceremony is set for this Saturday, May 22. The City is proud to sponsor the program and invites the entire community to safely attend the ceremony at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Fourteen Hometown Heroes will be honored as part of the program’s Group 12. Banners for each are now installed along Third and Fourth streets between Orange Avenue and Alameda Boulevard, Coronado’s official Avenue of Heroes. The City, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2422, the Avenue of Heroes Neighborhood Association, the Hometown Banner Committee and the Coronado Historical Association worked to develop the Hometown Hero Banner program in 2014 to recognize those who call or have called Coronado home and who have honorably served their country. The event holds two ceremonies each year, in the spring and fall. Click here for the Zoom link. Find out about more about the program by clicking here.

Avenue of Heroes

Memorial Day Service: The annual Memorial Day Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 31, at Star Park. Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the event will be limited. Only 100 chairs will be set up for guest speakers and participants in the program. However, plans are being developed to show the program live on Coronado TV and online. The program also will be re-broadcast on Coronado TV after the ceremony. The annual service, sponsored by the Coronado VFW Post 2422, the Marine Corps League, Coronado detachment, United States Navy League and the Military Officers Association of America, Silver Strand chapter, honors fallen military with guest speakers, taps and the singing of the National Anthem. The City asks that the community tune in to Coronado TV or on the City’s website at 10 a.m. May 31 to view the event.

Memorial Day Snippet 2020


Memorial Day Holiday Schedule: The City of Coronado will observe the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 31, and reminds residents that some municipal facilities will remain open. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on the holiday. EDCO will not perform regular residential trash collection on Memorial Day. Certain City of Coronado departments and services will be open with varying hours of operation. Here is the Memorial Day schedule:

Mem Day Sked 2021

Free Summer Shuttle Kick-off Set: The City, supporters and sponsors of the Free Summer Shuttle program invite the community to the kick-off event on Sunday, June 6, at 1 p.m. at Spreckels Park near the Coronado Public Library. The free service was launched in 2013 but was canceled last year. The classic VW bus-themed artwork is back and has been updated to reflect face covering mandates on public transit. Masks that fully cover mouths and noses are required to board the Free Summer Shuttle. Beginning June 6, residents, guests, and local business operators will see the familiar Free Summer Shuttle buses along the Metropolitan Transit System’s 904 Route from the Coronado Shores and City Hall to the Coronado Ferry Landing and Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa.  The shuttles run in 15-minute intervals and is free to ride. The program is funded by the City and Discover Coronado underwrites the cost to design and install the unique and colorful wrapping. The City will buy MTS day passes and deliver them to the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association for distribution. The City also has contracted with MTS to provide special free bus service on July 3 and July 4 for Cays residents that will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. in 30-minute intervals from the northeast corner of Coronado Cays and Grande Caribe Causeway to the southerly corner of Avenue de las Arenas and Silver Strand Boulevard. As parking is at a premium on the Fourth of July, this will provide a convenient alternative to driving for Cays residents. The Free Summer Shuttle will run through Labor Day, Sept. 6, daily from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and one hour later on Friday and Saturday. More details on the program here: http://bit.ly/ShuttleInfo2021

Summer Shuttle image

Fourth of July Planning: Restrictions are easing in the region but the pandemic continues to linger. The City is looking ahead and making plans for modified Fourth of July celebrations. The Fourth of July Committee, a community group of volunteers that organizes all Fourth of July activities, is planning for a parade and other events with an understanding that everything could be canceled. The City also is preparing with logistical support including street closures, parking enforcement, crowd monitoring, posting no-parking signs, and cleanup.  While planning is ongoing, a decision is yet to be made if any associated events will be held, including the parade, a fireworks display, Navy parachute demonstration, a rough water swim and race. The City Council approved funding for the fireworks providing San Diego County health officials maintain their position that fireworks displays are allowed. The City is monitoring the situation.

Fourth of July house

Avenida del Sol Improvements: Work continues this week to install the traffic signal poles and signal heads at the new intersection of Avenida del Sol and Orange Avenue. The new streetlight poles will be installed by the end of the week and work to install pedestrian ramps at the crosswalk at Pomona and Orange avenues will be completed this week, as well as the pedestrian ramp at the existing bus stop adjacent to the Bluewater Boathouse restaurant.

Avenida del Sol Signal

Parks and Recreation Meeting Update: The May 17 Parks and Recreation meeting began with an informational presentation by City of Coronado Principal Engineer Jim Newton recapping the status of the Cays Park Master Plan and the steps staff is taking to complete the project. Residents provided their comments and requests moving forward. Aquatics Supervisor Rebecca Jackman presented the updated pool schedule and the Starfish Swim Academy offerings provided by the City. More information was to be updated on the City’s Aquatics Center website this week.  Registration for residents starts May 26; nonresidents may register June 2. Matt Hanlin of Impact Activities, the City’s tennis concessionaire, presented a brief update on tennis programs and the tennis pro shop.

Park and Rec meeting

Golf Course Lighting Improvements:  The remaining wall sconce light fixtures were installed last week. The project is now complete and provides illumination in the evening along both the pathways and within the parking lot.

Golf Course Lighting image

Centennial Park Retaining Wall ProjectWork to install a new retaining wall at Centennial Park is complete. The work began in March and most was completed by mid-April. The Port of San Diego, in partnership with the City, removed and disposed of existing wood logs, concrete, and rock revetments, and installed a new retaining wall built of steel and concrete that will structurally hold the embankment, prevent erosion, and retain beach access for the public. Work was mostly on the park’s west side, adjacent to the small sandy beach north of the Ferry Landing where Orange Avenue ends at First Street. A portion of the park and beach where contract work was conducted was temporarily closed to the public during construction. Otherwise, the park was largely open during construction. Permits are now available via the City's Recreation Department for celebrations of life and wedding ceremonies.

North Beach Update: Public Services’ Beach Division has installed eight fire rings and completed a thorough maintenance of the beach access mats. The decision was made to re-install the fire rings as more COVID-19 restrictions were eased in the region. The City will work with a contractor to provide security in the area as in years past. The security guard will help with ensuring beach goers are using the proper fire materials, including no pallets and charcoal and clean wood only; maintaining proper fire size and cleanup; abiding by established curfews; and not engaging in prohibited activities such as bringing glass and drinking alcohol on the beach and commercial activity. The City’s fire rings were removed one year ago in response to pandemic protocols. The City created this flier to answer any questions about fire on the beach.  

Fire Rings Installed

Beach Mats

Second Hand Prose Reopening: The Second Hand Prose store at the Coronado Public Library will reopen on Tuesday, June 1, after having been closed to the COVID-19 pandemic. The store, which sells lightly used second-hand books to raise money for Library programs, will be open daily from 1 to 4 p.m. At this time, the Friends of the Library group is working through a large backstock of inventory and is only looking for donations of nearly new items.

Second Hand Prose sign


Mental Health Month Activities: The Coronado Public Library is partnering with the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission and SAFE to host a fun day of art activities for kids and teens. The day of events will be held on the lawn north of the Library on Saturday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All supplies, as well as snacks and drinks will be provided, with no registration required. Activities will be on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Listed below are the different event sessions.  

My Superhero Cape: 10 a.m. to noon

Children 3-7 years old can create their own superhero T-shirt cape with washable marker. The cape and art supplies will be provided. Thirty-five participants are the maximum for this event.


My World: Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Ages 9 and up can color and create their own world using a 11-x-17 template and list of ideas. The templates and supplies will be provided. Thirty participants are the maximum for this event.


Magic Wand-Making Workshop: 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Preteens and older can create a superpowers tool and partake in a wand-naming ceremony at the end of the art session. All materials and hot glue will be provided. Forty participants are the maximum for this event.

Preteens and older can create a superpowers tool and partake in a wand-naming ceremony at the end of the art session. All materials and hot glue will be provided. Forty participants are the maximum for this event.

Healing Through the Arts flyer




Library Tinker Tuesday Event: The Coronado Public Library teach kids how to design and create a balloon-powered car. The event will be on the Library’s Facebook page on Tuesday, May 25, from 4 to 4:30 p.m. using supplies from the “Tinker Tuesday Engineering Challenge Kit.” Kits will be available at the Circulation Desk starting May 18 while supplies last. Tinker Tuesdays is a hands-on educational program that that allows children to explore, create, design, and problem-solve using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) concepts.

Tinker Tuesday logo


Pet of the Week: Lily, 5-month-old mixed breed puppy, is this week’s Pet of the Week. She is a sweet, fun social butterfly. Lily gets along well with people and dogs and is gentle and affectionate with children. She is energetic and will need basic leash training but is housetrained. To find out more about Lily, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Lily Pet of the Week

National Peace Officer Memorial Day: National Peace Officer Memorial Day was proclaimed as May 15 by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. The day, and the week it falls in (also known as Police Week) pays recognition to all law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection on others. From May 9-15, several in-person and virtual events took place to honor those individuals. Coronado Police Lt. Frank Greene  is the only Coronado officer to be killed in the line of duty. He died on Oct. 12, 1954.

Frank Greene image

Peace Officer Memorial




May is Bike Month: Love to Ride Coronado is the City of Coronado's virtual platform for documenting Bike Month and encourage biking around Coronado and in the San Diego region in general. Register for free, ride for 10 minutes or more, recruit friends and colleagues and win prizes. May is Bike Month in Coronado. It’s spring and that means the weather is perfect for getting outside. Click here to sign up.

Bike Month image

Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following position is open on the Civil Service Commission. Responsibilities, qualifications for appointment, term of office and deadline for receipt of applications can be found at the bottom of the City’s Boards, Commissions and Committees page.

Vacancies Ad


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, then click "Join Our Email List" 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

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 COVID-19 information? 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, then click "Join Our Email List" and provide your email address. 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.


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Posted on 05/21/2021
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