Weekly Update Feb. 19, 2021

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Weekly Update Feb. 19, 2021

Weekly Update Feb. 19, 2021

Weekly Update
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COVID-19 Testing Site Update: Starting the week of March 1, the City’s site for COVID-19 viral, rapid and antibody testing will operate one day a week at the Coronado Club Room and Boathouse, 1985 Strand way. The City has offered this testing site for the convenience of Coronado residents since January. However, due to a reduction in the number of people seeking testing, the site will only be open on Mondays. Insurance is accepted but individuals may be tested and pay directly. If paying onsite, COVID-19 tests will cost $120; antibody testing is $65; and rapid tests are $85 and not typically covered by insurance. Visit the City’s COVID-19 testing webpage for more information and a link to the reservation system. For information, call (619) 522-7300. On a similar note, there have been reports of unauthorized testing sites. Now is a good time to remind the community to seek testing at authorized testing locations only.

Coronado COVID Testing Site

City Vaccination Site
Due to severe weather across the country, delivery of the COVID-19 Moderna vaccination is delayed for San Diego. For this reason, only the Pfizer vaccination is being administered at the City and Sharp Coronado Hospital vaccination site on Friday, Feb. 19 and Monday, Feb 22. All second dose Moderna patients scheduled for Friday, Feb 19, and Monday, Feb 22, will receive an email from Sharp HealthCare with a link to reschedule their appointment for the end of next week. Those who receive the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in Coronado are being given a vaccine card indicating the date they may receive a second dose. About seven days before the second dose may be administered, an email will be sent from Sharp HealthCare with instructions on how to make an appointment. As of Feb. 18, the Coronado vaccination site has administered 10,800 doses. San Diego County residents may make appointments by using the County’s Vaccination Sites and Locations site. Those who visited a Sharp location for their first dose will receive an email with a link to available dates and locations for a second dose. Appointments are required. Please be patient and keep trying to make an appointment. If Coronado residents do not have a computer or family to help make an appointment, staff and the City’s Library are available to help. Call (619) 522-7390. Hours at the vaccination site are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. 

Coronado Vaccination Site


Lawn Bowling Green Update
: Lawn bowling has been a beloved sport in Coronado since 1935. The green was temporarily closed when the adjacent Coronado Public Library underwent extensive construction about 15 years ago. The City has long supported the sport as demonstrated most recently with the addition of a world-class, tournament-quality green dedicated in March 2010 with the construction of the Spreckels Center and Lawn Bowling Green complex. With the playing surface now reaching its life expectancy, the City Council this week agreed to replace the lawn bowling green surface at the complex. In conjunction with the green’s replacement, staff recommended drainage enhancements to divert water away from the complex and remediation of the base material to help eradicate  a problem fungus. The fungus, discovered in fall 2020, spread under the green, causing about 20 mounds to develop from the size of a golf ball to the size of a softball. In its approval, the Council directed staff to completely remediate the base material to try and stop the damage, install a substantial barrier of gravel and substrate to prevent fungus growth on the green, and implement the drainage enhancements.

Lawn Bowling Green

City Website Update
: The City is moving forward with a new website design and hosting services. The existing site hosted by CivicLive, which was designed in 2015, experienced an outage late last week that lasted five days. To ensure continuity of website services, staff built a temporary website that redirected the existing URL to the site. Reliable access to the City’s website is critical, particularly during the pandemic. Public health orders require the City to provide information online and to conduct public meetings remotely. The City’s website is an essential piece of infrastructure that must be reliable. This week, the City Council authorized staff to engage a qualified firm to provide website design and hosting services.

City Website Screenshot

Dog Etiquette at City Parks
The City encourages dog owners to walk their dogs for healthy and happy animals but asks that people manage their pets’ behavior and follow certain rules of etiquette. Always clean up after your animal and keep dogs on a leash unless you are in a designated off-leash area. As a reminder, Dog Beach and South Cays Park are the only areas where dogs are allowed to run off-leash. Parks that allow dogs, but require them to remain leashed, are Bayview Park, Centennial Park, Harborview Park, Tidelands Park and Vetter Park. Dogs are not allowed at any other park. Some residents have reported seeing dogs run off-leash at Mathewson Park. The new playground structure at Mathewson Park has attracted more children and their caregivers. The City installed signs this week at the park to remind residents that dogs are not allowed. Now that youth sports has resumed at Cays Park, the City also asks that dog owners abide by the rules and not let their dogs off their leashes unless they are at the dog run area. For a full list and map of where dogs are and are not allowed, click here. For additional questions, please call the Coronado Police Department at (619) 522-7350.

Parks where dogs are allowed
Dog Signs at Mathewson Park

Free Shredding Event
: Residents who may have missed the last City of Coronado and EDCO free shredding event will have another chance on Saturday, Feb. 27, to clear out old paperwork. The event will also allow residents to get rid of unwanted electronics. Residents may bring up to two banker’s boxes of documents to be shredded on site. This event will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the north City Hall parking lot, 1825 Strand Way. On the same day, the City will hold one of its twice-monthly Household Hazardous Waste Collection days at the Public Services yard from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

EDCO Free Shred Event

EDCO Organic Recycling Program: In early March, EDCO will launch an Organic Recycling Program to help reduce the amount of organic waste entering landfills. When the new program starts, customers will be able to place food scraps and food-soiled paper along with yard waste in their green waste container to be recycled. Organic waste is a renewable natural resource that comes mainly from yard and kitchen waste from homes and from industrial and commercial operations. Recycling organic waste helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and helps meet state mandates that require organic recycling. Part of this program includes EDCO’s construction of an advanced technology anaerobic digestion facility, which breaks down microorganisms from food and yard waste and transforms it into natural gas. To read more about the anaerobic digestion process, click here. The City of Coronado is working with EDCO to inform residents about this program. Click here to watch an informational video on the Organic Recycling Program. For more information, visit www.edcodisposal.com or call 619-287-7555.

EDCO Organic Recycling Program

Mathewson Park Playground Renovation: A virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony is being planned for the Mathewson park playground, which opened recently after a renovation that included universally accessible structures. Delivery of the drinking fountain/botte filler and the second bike rack is delayed until March. The City will host a virtual ribbon cutting on Wednesday, March 10, at 11 a.m. The ceremony will include remarks on the playground features and a history of the park. Click here for the Zoom link. Here’s another link to the invitation.

  Mathewson Park Virtual Ribbon-Cutting Event

Pro-tips on Coronado TV: Recreation and Golf Services have golf and tennis pros who have begun creating videos that provide pro tips to improve anyone’s game. This week, look for Tennis Tips with Mario, Kids Tennis Tips with Laila and Golf Pro Tips with Brian on Coronado TV. See the schedule below and look for more tips coming up.

Pro-tips on CTV

Pomona Avenue Gas Line Replacement: The City’s contractor who performed the slurry seal work in early December will be back in town on Saturday, Feb. 20, to complete slurry work along Pomona Avenue, the 600 block of H Avenue, and the 1000 block of F Avenue. The work was delayed due to the SDG&E project to replace a gas line. Please observe the posted no parking signs and be aware that the contractor may ask residents in the affected blocks to move their vehicles off the street for the slurry work and possibly for a second day to complete the pavement markings restoration.

Recreation and Golf Services Winter 2021 CampsThe first session of Recreation and Golf Services Winter Camps began Tuesday, Feb. 16. Residents may still register for these camps through PerfectMind. Examples of camp offerings include Little Jammeroos, Character Illustration, Jump Rope Camp and Teen Dance Team. Participants who attend in-person camps will be required to wear masks during their activities. Each camp is six weeks long. Click here to be redirected to the Coronado Recreation and Golf Services Department webpage, which has additional information on class availability and registration. For any additional questions, please call the Coronado Recreation and Golf Services Department at (619) 522-7342. 

Rec Center Brochure


Community Read 2021 Events
: This year’s Community Read title is “Stamped from the Beginning,” by Ibram X. Kendi. Next week’s events include two virtual book discussions, a virtual talk with illustrator Rafael Lopez, and a free viewing of a POV film. The first book discussion will be held Saturday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. and the second will occur on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m. Click here to register for these virtual book club events. On Monday, Feb. 22, at 4 p.m., join Rafael Lopez, illustrator of “The Day You Begin,” as he reads the book and discusses his illustrations. Participants will learn what inspired him, his artistic process, and his path to becoming a children’s book illustrator. Click here to register for this event and receive the Zoom link. On Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m., join the Library for a free screening of the POV documentary, “Whose Streets,” directed by Damon Davis and Sabaah Folayan. POV is an award-winning independent nonfiction film series on PBS. Click here to read about the documentary and receive the Zoom link.

Community Read Events

Coronado Community Read Flyer

February Spice It Up: Once a month, the Coronado Public Library hosts a program called “Spice It Up, Coronado” where residents can check out a spice from the Library, and a cookbook, and then discuss over Zoom what they cooked with the spice. This month’s program will explore Moroccan recipes using cumin and preserved lemons. Author of “Cooking at the Kasbah: Recipes from my Moroccan Kitchen,” Kitty Morse, will be a guest speaker at this meeting and discuss recipes from her book. To learn more about Kitty Morse, click here. Registration for this event is required. Click here to register and receive the Zoom link for this event.

Spice it Up Coronado Flyer

Page Turners Book Club: The Coronado Public Library invites fourth and fifth graders to join the “Page Turners” virtual book club. Librarian Katia Graham and Village Elementary School teacher Amy Statezny will moderate each meeting. Kids will also have the opportunity to take turns co-hosting the program. Reading the selected book is not required. This month’s book title is “From the Desk of Zoe Washington” by Janae Marks. Future book selections will include different genres and titles that spark discussions about diversity and other issues participants are interested in. This month’s meeting will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 4 p.m. Click here to register for this event.

Page Turners Book Club

Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following positions are open on the Civil Service Commission, Mobility Commission and Design Review Commission. Responsibilities, 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.

Board, Committees and Vacancy List

Pet of the Week: Leroy, a 4-year-old domestic shorthair black cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Leroy was brought to PAWS after suffering from untreated injuries from a car accident. Leroy’s right leg and tail tip had to be amputated, but he is now as healthy and strong as ever. He is sweet, loving, and gets along with other cats. Leroy is looking for a mellow forever home. Leroy’s adoption fee is $50. To find out more about Leroy, call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Pet of the Week

Public Services: City crews have been working on multiple projects around the City. Here are a few of the most recent:

  • Facilities Division has repainted the clock at Rotary Plaza to give it a refreshed look.

Repainted Clock in Rotary Plaza

  • Due to the recent high winds from a strong storm in January, some light fixtures around Coronado were damaged. This week, City crews worked to replace multiple light fixtures at the Cays Tennis Courts.

Repairing Light Fixtures at Tennis Court

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.


COVID-19 Testing Site
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