Weekly Update July 31, 2020

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Weekly Update July 31, 2020

Weekly Update July 31, 2020

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Mask Up! Coronado: The City has launched “Mask Up! Coronado,” a campaign to educate visitors, residents and businesses about the importance of wearing a mask in public. The City held several mask giveaways earlier this month and more free masks giveaways are planned. Over the next few weeks, City Council members and City staff will be walking the business district delivering Mask Up! Coronado window clings as well as Coronado logo masks. Council and staff are asking merchants to hang the plastic fliers in their windows in support of the City’s message to spread kindness not COVID-19. The demand for the City’s logo mask was so high, the City ordered more. They may be purchased on the Coronado Historical Association’s web page. So far, more than 200 have been sold. The suggested retail price is $10 plus tax and shipping. The City is not expected to make money on the masks but any surplus from sales will be put into purchasing additional masks. The masks also are being given away by the Police Department and Coronado Lifeguards as they encounter people without masks.

Mask Cling

Tennis Pro Shop Concessionaire: The City is currently soliciting proposals and qualifications to serve as the City’s Tennis Center Pro Shop concessionaire. The concession agreement is continuing on a month to month basis after expiring on June 30. The purpose of the pro shop is to serve the needs of the Tennis Center users and, more broadly, the entire community of Coronado with equipment, services and gear. Interested parties should complete a proposal and submit to Dominique Albrecht, Assistant to the City Manager, via email on or before Monday, August 10, 2020 by 5 p.m. Interested parties can review the bid notice and complete request for proposal on the City’s website here.

Public Restroom Program: The City has accepted a proposal from a local business, the first to sign on 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 City thanks its first public restroom partner, Garage Buona Forchetta, for getting on board. A second business is in the process of final approval as the City continues to seek partners. 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

EPA Meeting Held: This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency convened an invitation-only meeting of the Tijuana River Inter-Agency Coordination Group. The group is comprised of 17 local and federal agencies to help guide the development of solutions and expenditure of the $300 million for the Tijuana River designated in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. Along with the City of Coronado, the other local agencies are the cities of Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, San Diego, and the County of San Diego. Immediate areas of concern are acceleration of improvements, the responsibility for long-term operations and maintenance of infrastructure, and maintaining focus on the need to address Tijuana River sewage versus other cross-border pollution problems.

Third Dine Out! Coronado Picnic Set: The third Dine Out! Coronado is set for this weekend, July 31-Aug. 2. All you need for your organized picnic is a takeout order from your favorite local restaurant and a reservation. The City thanks residents for making the events a success during this difficult time for local restaurants impacted by the ongoing pandemic. Last weekend over two evenings, about 120 people enjoyed a picnic under the stars. This weekend, there will be a third evening, on Sunday. The City’s Dine Out! Coronado picnic event offers nearly a dozen tables set up under canopies at Spreckels Park. Diners may book a table for a maximum of six people (children under 12 exempt) from the same household. On Saturday, Aug. 1, the first reservation is at 6 p.m. and the second at 7:15 p.m. On Sunday, the reservations are set for 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Residents can make a reservation by calling the Chamber of Commerce at (619) 435-9260. Check the Chamber of Commerce website for restaurant contact information. Staff implements all operating protocol required by the San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency.

Updated Dining flier 



Shark Sightings: Coronado Lifeguards have posted warning signs at the beach twice in the past two weeks after receiving several reports of shark sightings. Two nearshore sightings of sharks measuring in the 6-to-10-foot range within about 10 days is somewhat rare. To help alleviate public concern, the City spoke with a Long Beach-based shark expert about the sightings and what the instances could mean. Multiple sightings were reported on July 16 and on 26. There were no engaging or feeding behaviors witnessed and Lifeguards followed state protocol by posting the signs to warn beachgoers. The increased occurrence of shark sightings in the ocean waters off Coronado may be due to one of three reasons, according to Dr. Chris Lowe of California State University, Long Beach’s Shark Lab. First, since sharks are completely on their own from birth, selecting shallow water habitats may be the safest place for young white sharks. Second, young sharks need to learn to feed on their own and stingrays along the beach are an abundant and easy target. Third, the water is warmer along the beach. This can be important for food as well as faster growth. Sharks prefer water in the 60 to 78-degree range. Lowe said the smallest pose very little threat but the larger juveniles, about 9 feet long, are less fearful of people in the water. Despite the lack of fear, Lowe said he has not seen signs of aggression or a big jump in bites on humans. Lowe advises people to surf and swim at guarded beaches with friends in groups. Warn lifeguards if you see a shark. Click here to see a PSA on what to do if you encounter a shark.

Shark Sighting Sign

Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge: Consider signing up as part of a team to help your friends, co-workers and family members complete the Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge. More than 150 teams have signed up, including the City Manager’s Office. Together, we have completed 136 miles. It is easy to log your miles whatever they may be from, riding, running, walking. Coronado residents are encouraged to participate in the City’s fitness triple crown, which was created to get people active during the pandemic while practicing social distancing; build community; and celebrate the City’s 130th anniversary. Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge finishers will receive a medal. 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

Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Storm Drain Project:  This week, construction on the Third, Fourth and I Avenue Storm Drain project focused primarily on improvements within Third and Fourth streets. Curb inlets at the intersection of Fourth and I continued to be constructed, as were pedestrian ramp and cross gutter improvements. I Avenue, at its intersection with Fourth, was closed on Tuesday, July 28, to help complete this work in a safe and efficient manner. Pedestrian ramps were also reconstructed at Third Street and I. Some unanticipated conflicts with existing utilities at First Street and I have delayed construction operations at this location and the intersection remains closed, 24/7, as design changes are finalized. Please be aware of detour signs and traffic control in the various work areas.

Avenida del Sol Improvements (Hotel del Coronado):  The contractor on a project to improve Avenida del Sol as part of the Hotel del Coronado’s Master Plan continues to install a water line under Avenida del Sol and has also begun installing other utilities toward the bulb of the cul de sac; the latter required the closure of the roadway. A new storm drain crossing Orange Avenue is being constructed at night. Please be aware of traffic control in the area and note it is subject to change daily depending on the work being conducted.



Library Carpet Replacement:  All phases of the Library’s Carpet Replacement project have been completed. The Teen Space furniture has been delivered. Remaining work includes final set up and cleaning. In addition, electrical and USB ports will be added to the worktables and countertops to modernize them with current technology.

Library Carpeting




Commercial Permits for Outdoor Fitness: Commercial permits for COVID-19-impacted fitness and gym facilities with Coronado brick and mortar locations are now actively using public spaces. City residents will notice these businesses operating at Spreckels Park, Bradley Field, Central Beach, and North Beach, from 7 a.m. to noon in 1.5-hour slots. There are currently four local businesses holding classes in the parks and at the beach. Originally, five businesses applied for, and were issued, extended permits with one relinquishing its spot. All the available bookings at Spreckels Park are taken and one is filled at North Beach.

Event and Ceremony Permits: The City's Facility Rentals Team has announced a tentative date of September 1, for acceptance of applications for new events and permits. Park and beach permits for wedding ceremonies under 25 will be available starting in October 2020, however, larger gatherings such as those typical to a wedding reception, anniversary and/or fundraising events will not be booked for the remainder of 2020. Patrons are welcome to apply for events scheduled to happen in 2021. Please email rentals@coronado.ca.us for more information. 

Recreation and Golf Services Reservations: Due to the closure of the Fitness Room at the Coronado Community Center, the hours of operation have changed. Recreation staff are available to answer and return calls at the Community Center from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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

Osher Lecture Virtual: This week’s virtual Osher Lecture will provide scientific and historical insight into pandemics with “Black Death, the Spanish flu, and Smallpox: The Science and History Behind COVID-19” presented by Professor Ibrahim Al-Marashi. This video will be available for online viewing now through Sunday, August 2. Click here to access the free lecture. The lecture will examine how history can contextualize the coronavirus outbreak. The Black Death, the Spanish flu, and smallpox all provide valuable historical lessons for how states and societies responded to pandemics and what can be done today to mitigate COVID-19. Al-Marashi is an associate professor of Middle East History at California State University, San Marcos. The lecture is brought to you through the John D. Spreckels Center’s continued partnership with UC San Diego’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Osher Image

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


Pet of the Week: Stella, a sweet, green-eyed black 1-year-old Tabby, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Stella came to PAWS of Coronado when her family could no longer care for her. She is fun-loving and social and enjoys human companions. Stella is 6 years old and her adoption fee is $50. To find out more about Stella, call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Stella 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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Posted on 07/31/2020
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