Weekly Update July 17, 2020

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Weekly Update July 17, 2020

Weekly Update July 17, 2020

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Outdoor Dining Venue Debuts: Starting Friday, July 17, Coronado residents may enjoy a picnic at an outdoor dining venue sponsored by the City in support of local restaurants impacted by the ongoing pandemic. The City, with help from the Coronado Chamber of Commerce and Coronado MainStreet, is working to promote the outdoor dining venue, which will debut at Spreckels Park. Residents are invited to make a reservation by calling the Chamber of Commerce at (619) 435-9260. All the City asks is that residents pick up a takeout meal from your favorite local restaurant, maintain social distancing and bring a mask for when you may be near others. Diners may book a table for a maximum of six people from the same household. There will be two daily seatings Friday-Sunday, July 17-20. Friday and Saturday dining begins at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Call for seating times. There will be 11 tables cordoned off and reservations are required. The City Council has waived the alcohol prohibition in municipal parks so diners can bring their own alcohol to drink with their dinner. The alcohol waiver applies only to the City-sponsored outdoor dining venue, which will be roped off. Alcohol is not permitted in other areas of the park or any other park. Reservations are still available for this weekend. Reservations are free. The City will evaluate this weekend’s participation and consider expanding future outdoor organized picnics.

Spreckels Park Outdoor Dining flier

Council Approves Expanded Outdoor Uses: The City Council agreed at a special meeting on Thursday, July 16, to allow Coronado gyms and fitness centers with existing brick and mortar businesses currently prohibited from indoor operations per the current public health order to operate on outdoor public property. The outdoor spaces would be limited to Spreckels Park, the beach and Bradley Field. The Council agreed that no classes or fitness activities would be allowed to use sound amplifiers. Classes would be limited to the mornings, from 7 a.m. to noon, and may not exceed the size that is permitted by existing health orders. The Council delegated the approval process to City staff and agreed to waive the fees associated with the required commercial use permits. The Recreation Department will ensure that the classes and other activities do not violate the health order or City regulations. The City will work to accommodate businesses but will have the final say in allocating locations. This use of public property is for the exclusive use of local gyms, fitness centers, and other similar Coronado businesses to hold exercise classes including CrossFit, yoga and Zumba. The City Council also agreed to waive its parking requirements to allow these businesses to conduct business in their parking lots. The City Council similarly waived parking restrictions for restaurants in May to allow businesses to serve diners in areas just outside their restaurants. Contact Recreation Services at (619) 522-7342 for more information. Businesses are encouraged to reach out as soon as possible to let the City know their preferred hours and locations so the City can schedule the venues.

New Business Sector Closures: The state announced new closures this week due to the continued rise of COVID-19 cases around the state. Fitness centers, places of worship, hair salons and barbershops, among other businesses, were closed again effective Wednesday, July 15. The closures affected some businesses that only recently were allowed to reopen. The closures also include malls, offices for non-essential sectors, and personal care services, per San Diego County health officials. Last week, dine-in restaurants; wineries and tasting rooms; movie theaters; family entertainment centers such as bowling alleys; zoos and museums; and cardrooms, were required to close. The governor's order includes the Community Center's fitness center.

Outdoor Dining Assistance: Effective Tuesday, July 7, restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, and movie theaters, among other businesses, were ordered to close if they operated indoors per the latest San Diego County public health order. In May, the City agreed to waive Coronado’s parking code requirements to allow local restaurants to temporarily serve dining patrons outdoors due to limits on dine-in services. With the new prohibition on indoor dining, the City is going business to business to help approve temporary outdoor seating. So far, eight restaurants have submitted applications that have been approved. Restaurants must not exceed their previously approved seating occupancy, pre-COVID, and may offer seating on a sidewalk, within an on-site outdoor space or in a privately-owned parking lot subject to certain conditions and limitations. Find an application and handout at the Community Development web page. There is no fee. For faster service submit the application with a seating plan at the link below. 

Relinquishment Update: Coronado’s efforts to take over the operation and maintenance of state Routes 75 and 282 in Coronado is on a two-tiered parallel path. There is relinquishment legislation, SB-479, that is being scheduled for a hearing before the Assembly Transportation Committee. No dates have been set. Meanwhile, the State Department of Transportation has submitted its plan for initial consideration to program the $22 million in funding required for the exchange. If approved by the state, the California Transportation Commission may hear the proposal at its August 12-13 meeting. Depending on the status of SB-479, it may get to the California Transportation Commission for consideration as early as October.

Orange Avenue SR75

Public Restroom Program: The City is accepting applications for businesses willing to provide restroom facilities to the public in the commercial district. The City Council approved the Orange Avenue Commercial Public Restroom Partnership program with the goal of fulfilling the continuing need for accessible public restrooms in the downtown area. The program allows for a partnership with downtown businesses to offer clean and safe public restrooms. In return, businesses will receive an annual $5,000 lump sum payment and a monthly subsidy for maintenance costs. Participating businesses will display a sign signaling an available public restroom and keep them open for an agreed-upon period of time. Restrooms must meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards. To receive an application, contact Dominique Albrecht at dalbrecht@coronado.ca.us or by phone at (619) 522-7305.

Public Restroom Partnership Program


Library Carpet/Teen Space Projects: The contractor is taking advantage of the current closure of the Coronado Public Library by working ahead of schedule and is making good progress. Crews have completed the Spreckels Room, Children’s Space, Teen Space, reception and hallways. Work is proceeding in the last third of the Adult Space to be followed by the staff areas. Work is anticipated to be completed by the end of July or early August. Due to a generous donation from the Friends of the Library, three different furniture vendors were contracted to obtain the best value for the Teen Space for their respective specialty. The furniture was selected to achieve a warm comfortable welcoming “Starbucks” quality environment. Approximately half of the furniture has arrived. The entire installation is expected to be complete by the end of next week.

Library Carpeting work

Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Storm Drain Project:  Construction is currently underway at both ends of the Third, Fourth and I Avenue Storm Drain project. Curb inlets are being constructed at the intersection of Fourth Street and I Avenue. Meanwhile, the pipe crossing at First Street is underway. This portion of the work requires complete closure of the roadway 24/7 and is currently expected to be in place through Monday, July 27. Please be aware of detour signs and traffic control in the area. The work within First Street is expected to be substantially completed by the end of next week.

Storm Drain Improvement Storm Drain Improvement

Storm Drain Improvement

Avenida del Sol Improvements (Hotel del Coronado):  The contractor on the improvements to Avenida del Sol by the Hotel del Coronado continues work to install a water line in Avenida del Sol and expects to complete the work by the end of next week. Additional traffic control will be placed to limit pedestrian and vehicular traffic so the contractor can begin utility installations west of the driveway to the Coronado Shores. A road closure for this work west of the Coronado Shores driveway is expected to go into effect on Monday, July 20, and will likely remain in place until completion of the Avenida del Sol improvements late this year.  Please be aware of traffic control in the area and note it is subject to change daily depending on the work being conducted.

Coastal Campus Sewer Main: The contractor on the Coastal Campus Sewer Main project is finishing up the punch list items that are remaining on the contract. This week, the surface areas which were disturbed during construction were hydroseeded both on the Navy base and along both sides of the bike path. Hydroseeding is an erosion control measure that is a slurry of seed and mulch that is sprayed over the ground surface. 

Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge: People are joining the Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge from all over the country. The challenge is a fitness triple crown created to get people active during the pandemic while practicing social distancing; build community; and celebrate the City’s 130th anniversary. The Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge celebrates 130 years since Coronado’s incorporation as a city on Dec. 11, 1890. Whether you are from another county or state, or from right here in Coronado, the City invites you to participate in its virtual challenge which runs five months to December 11. Finishers will receive a medal and certificate. Since the event is a fun but virtual challenge, participants are encouraged to post photos of their progress while out exercising in beautiful Coronado or wherever they are by using the hashtag #Coronado130. Easy Day Sports, based in Coronado, will manage the registration, the website tracking workouts and T-shirt sales. For information on registration, email Easy Day at contact@easydaysports.com or click here for more details.

130 Virtual Challenge Logo

Public Art Walking Tour Giveaway: The Coronado Public Art Walking Tour Giveaway  celebrates the release of a new smartphone app designed to guide residents and visitors to more than 75 works of public art throughout Coronado. The giveaway has some great prizes donated by local restaurants and merchants and runs through July. If you want to participate and be eligible for the giveaway, download the walking tour app onto your smartphone by searching for Coronado Public Art on your app store, take a walking tour as you like, and take at least three selfies at different pieces of art and post them on a special Walking Tour Giveaway Facebook page. You will then be included in a random drawing of winners in early August. The app will guide you to various works of art, map your route, and tell you about each piece of art and the artist who created it. To learn more click here to watch a video.

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Regional Housing Allocation Appeal: The San Diego Association of Governments distributed its allocation of planned housing units under the Regional Housing Needs Allocation to Coronado and other San Diego County cities, as well as San Diego County, in January. Coronado was assigned a stunning 1,001 new housing units, up 2,000 percent from the previous cycles. Coronado notified SANDAG of its intention to appeal, a process that provided Coronado 10 minutes to make its case. The City prepared an eight-minute video to explain its position. Although Coronado had the support of the majority of SANDAG members, the City lost is appeal based on a weighted vote of participating jurisdictions. Coronado's allocation was reduced by 89 units to 912. The City Council will consider its options in closed session at its July 21 meeting. Here is Coronado’s appeal video.

Fire Station 36 Door Repair: A garage door at  Fire station 36 that rolls up when opened stopped working. Public Services Facilities Division dispatched a contractor to inspect the failure. After a thorough inspection, a broken spring was discovered caused likely by simple wear and tear. A new spring and barrel were ordered and arrived a week later. They were installed and the door is operational once again.

Fire Station Door repairs

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Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following position is open on the Design Review Commission (one vacancy for a design professional). 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.

Vacancies Ad


Help for Seniors During the Pandemic:

  • If you are an adult age 60 and over and need assistance with completing the 2020 Census, the local office of the U.S. Census Bureau staff is available to assist you by phone Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling (858) 285-7539. The office offers assistance in several languages. Census 2020 is a critical government function that determines federal political representation as well as funding for vital services for the next 10 years including:
    • Emergency services
    • Housing for seniors
    • Food assistance programs for seniors
    • Highways/infrastructure
    • Employment and
    • Health care
  • Great Plates Delivered has been extended to Aug. 9. The program has been helping older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic by delivering meals to their homes. Following federal guidelines, the program is intended for seniors who are not currently receiving or eligible for any other federal nutrition benefits, such as Cal Fresh or the Senior Nutrition Program. For more information visit www.aging.sandiegocounty.gov or call the AIS Call Center at (800) 339-4661 and select option 7.
  • Socialize from a safe distance with Virtual ALZ Companion visits. Alzheimer’s San Diego has a new virtual companion program for individuals living with dementia. Both care partners and people living with dementia in San Diego County can benefit from a virtual visit. Individuals will be carefully matched with a volunteer and will be connected using free video software like FaceTime or Zoom. If you are interested in getting matched with a virtual ALZ Companion, please call (858) 492-4400.

Skatepark Changes: Beginning Monday, July 27, the Coronado Skatepark will observe new summer hours and will require a user fee. The summer hours will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The skate/scooter fee is $5 for a one hour reservation. Annual passes are available for purchase. The annual pass fees are $60 for those under 18, $100 for adults, 18-64, and $60 for those 65-plus. Advance reservations are required. The rental fee for any equipment is $5. Adult participants and the parents/guardians of minor participants must establish an account with the Recreation and Golf Services Department and complete the waiver before using the Skatepark facility. The new waiver is available digitally within the registration program PerfectMind and is valid for one year. No cash transactions are permitted. For information,  call (619) 522-7342. For reservations, call (619) 708-8341. Visit www.coronado.ca.us/register for information on creating a registration account.

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Golf Camps Update:  Junior Golf Camps are available with new three-day, morning sessions. These sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Thursday on: July 28-30, August 4-6, August 11-13, and August 18-20. The cost is $175.  Camp maximums are eight total participants per session. Interested patrons must email Mark Geddes  their phone and email, the camper’s name and age along with the preferred dates. Individual lessons are available. Camps will have two instructors to minimize the maximum group size to four campers per instructor. All COVID-19 golf guidelines will be strictly followed and all camp sessions are subject to cancellation. Parents will be notified of any changes.

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Recreation Sports Camps: Due to the ongoing health crisis and the directives from San Diego County health officials, sports camps are cancelled for the remainder of the summer. Sports camps that are directly impacted are: Basketball Camp, Dodgeball Camp, Kidz Love Soccer Camp and Tennis Camps. Registered participants in canceled camps will be contact directly by Recreation and Golf Services staff. For more information reach Recreation and Golf Services at (619) 522-7342 or email recdept@coronado.ca.us.

Aquatics Center Update: The competition pool will be open Saturdays starting July 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the last reservation at 1 p.m. The Aquatics Center’s recreation pool will open for lap swim and water exercises only beginning Monday, July 20. Family swim will not be available. Priority for use of the recreation pool will be for water exercisers; however, lap swimmers will not be excluded from using the recreation pool. Current hours for the competition pool are 6 a.m. to noon weekdays with the last reservation at 11 a.m. Reservations begin on Tuesday, June 14, for the week of July 20 (which includes the first available lap swim on a Saturday.) Call Recreation and Golf Services at (619) 522-7342 to make a reservation.

Lap Swim

Tennis Court Hours: The Coronado Tennis Center will extend its current hours beginning Monday, July 20, to 8 a.m. to noon and 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Reservations are scheduled in two-hour blocks. The last available reservation in the morning is 10 a.m. and the last available reservation in the evening is 5:30 p.m. Tennis play is open on the Coronado Cays Tennis Courts on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with court 5 reserved for pickleball. The Library Tennis Courts are open for Tennis Professional instruction only on Mondays-Sundays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. All reservations for singles and doubles play as well as tennis pro instruction are scheduled through the Coronado Tennis Center. Call (619) 522-2650 to book a reservation.

Recreation and Golf Services Reservations: Recreation and Golf Services is currently taking reservations for limited use of certain facilities. Here is a reference list of who to call for booking:

  • Aquatics Center Competition Pool Lap Swim – Call (619) 522-7342
  • Club Room and Boathouse – Call (619) 522-2655
  • Coronado Tennis Center – Call (619) 522-2650
    • Booking for all tennis courts, lessons and pickleball
  • Coronado Skatepark – Call (619) 708-8341
  • Coronado Golf Course – Call (619) 522-6590

Recreation Summer Camps: Youth summer camps are available. Register for one of the many camps offered like LEGO camps, dance camps, jump rope camp, character illustration camp, surf camp. Visit www.Coronado.ca.us/Register to secure a spot.

Osher Lecture Virtual: This week's Osher Lecture, “The Global Oil Market Crisis and the COVID Crash,” is brought to you once again through the Spreckels Center’s continued partnership with UC San Diego’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. This video will be available for online viewing through Sunday, July 19.  The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an historic disruption of the oil industry worldwide. Social distancing measures and related lock-downs, first in China, then Europe, the United States, and in other countries now including India, have caused an unparalleled collapse in demand. The sudden shock has upended the fuels trade and caused massive shut-in of production capacity. This lecture will discuss the market crisis and how it is impacting key countries including the U.S., Russia, and Saudi Arabia. It will also discuss how this crisis could reshape the future of the oil industry in the U.S. and abroad. Presenter David Edick Jr.is a principal at Core Global Advisory, a consultancy focused on political risk and market strategy. He is an energy specialist with particular expertise in the oil and natural gas sectors.

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Blood Drive: An American Red Cross Blood Drive was held Wednesday, July 15, at the Coronado Community Center. A total of 44 people, including 25 first time donors, gave blood. Red Cross officials said they collected 41 units, which can go on to save up to 123 lives. The City will partner once again with the American Red Cross for a second blood drive on Aug. 25. Donors are urgently needed. This event is by appointment only. Click here or on the image below for an appointment.

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Blood Drive flier


Pet of the Week: Cookie, a blue-eyed applehead Siamese beauty, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Cookie would appreciate a quiet and calm home to live out her golden years. At 11, she is independent and enjoys the company of her human friends. She eats prescription food for a kidney condition but the diet is easy to maintain. Her adoption fee is $35. To find out more about Cookie, call PAWS of Coronado, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Cookie 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

Stay Informed CoronadoDo 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.


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