Weekly Update May 14, 2021

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Weekly Update May 14, 2021

Weekly Update May 14, 2021

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Fourth of July PlanningThere remains much uncertainty regarding when and if public health restrictions due to COVID-19 will be further eased. However, City staff is hopeful and has been preparing for the possibility that Fourth of July festivities in Coronado may involve more of the traditional celebratory events. Local, state and federal officials have announced plans to drop some of their limitations, such as social distancing and mask wearing, if hospitalizations, vaccinations and cases stay on track. The Fourth of July Parade is among the popular events associated with the celebrations. The Fourth of July Committee handles the logistics of all activities with help from the Coronado Police and Public Services departments. While planning is ongoing, a decision is yet to be made if any associated events will be held, including a firework display, Navy parachute demonstration, a rough water swim and race. The City Council approved funding for the Fourth of July fireworks display providing San Diego County health officials maintain their position that fireworks displays are allowed. No other Fourth of July events have been approved to move forward as yet.

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Vaccinations Update: Starting Friday, May 14, 12-to-15-year-olds may start receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at the Sharp Coronado Vaccine Clinic. The facility is already serving the 16-and-over community through appointments or walk-ins. Parental/guardian consent is required for all minors. Through the appointment website, Sharp officials will use a QR code that will allow people to fill out an electronic consent form. One can also be filled out onsite.

Avenue of Heroes Spring Ceremony: The Avenue of Heroes Banner Dedication Ceremony, set for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, will be held virtually. The spring ceremony was postponed last year due to the pandemic but the City and Avenue of Heroes Committee resumed the program in the fall of 2020 via Zoom. Due to restrictions still in place, the City is hopefully holding its final virtual event. Next Saturday, May 22, 14 Hometown Heroes will be honored at a special ceremony where they will be recognized with the reading of their personal stories of their service. Banners for each will be hung along Third and Fourth streets, 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 together 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: A special 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. on May 31 to view the event.

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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 Coronado Free Summer Shuttle kick-off event will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 6, on the first day of service. The program was canceled last year due to the pandemic but is back. The kick-off event will be held at the southwest corner of Spreckels Park with guest speakers, refreshments and a ride on one of the buses. Shuttles will run on 15-minute intervals along the existing 904 Route. Coronado is offering interior advertising space on the shuttles, lasting from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Cost is $125 per month per ad per bus for for-profit organizations and businesses, and $75 for nonprofit groups. Here are the ad specifications and deadlines, and the order form. Advertisers must provide all artwork for ads. For more information or to place an ad, contact Howard Lee at (619) 522-2423 or email hlee@coronado.ca.us.

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Fire Rings to Reopen: Public Services’ Beach Division will reinstall the eight North Beach fire rings next week as more restrictions are lifted in the area. Elite Security, in coordination with the Police Department and Public Services, will have a security guard present per an agreement currently in place. Beach crews will place the fire rings on the beach on Wednesday, May 19.  The fire rings were removed one year ago this month in response to pandemic protocols. Users are required to use only clean wood or charcoal with the materials no higher than 12 inches above the upper edge of the fire ring and properly dispose of hot coals and unused fire materials. No pallets are allowed. The City created this flier to answer any questions about fires on the beach.

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Coronado Beach Kiosk Sign Update: The City and nonprofit group Emerald Keepers have installed a new information poster at the kiosk at Central Beach near the Main Lifeguard Tower. The kiosk poster, which was installed on Friday, May 7, contains helpful tips on how to care for the beach and ocean, including picking up trash. There is also a QR code that will help visitors take a Coronado beach walking tour. Emerald Keeps created the design and developed the message. The kiosk is near the Central Beach restrooms.

Beach Kiosk



Grand Caribe Shoreline Park: The City has received complaints about park rules being violated at the Port of San Diego’s Grande Caribe Shoreline Park. The concerns center around late night activities, beach fires, people swimming to private docks, off-leash dogs, and people leaving trash throughout the park. The Coronado Cays Homeowners Association is concerned that these activities, which are prohibited, will get worse in the summer and damage the park. Grand Caribe is open for passive recreational use. No wedding receptions, jump houses, commercial activities or gatherings of more than 25 people are allowed. The Port closed the park in late March 2020 to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 and reopened it two months later. By August 2020, the Port closed the park due to the difficulty in enforcing state and county health orders. Many people were visiting the park and leaving trash and debris and having large gatherings. The park has been reopened since September. The public is asked to abide by all public health and safety regulations per signage posted throughout the park. The Coronado Police Department provides public safety support at Grand Caribe Shoreline Park. Anyone with public health or nonemergency safety concerns is asked to call the Coronado Police nonemergency line at (619) 522-7350.

Grand Caribe Shoreline Park



Coronado Cays Park Master Plan Update: The Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a special meeting Monday, May 17, to provide an update on the Coronado Cays Park Master Plan. The update will include a review of what steps have already been completed as well as next steps as the project gets back underway following a COVID-related pause. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way, at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend and provide comments in-person or in writing here no later than two hours before the meeting. Comments received will be provided to the commissioners and posted on the website in lieu of being read aloud. Call (619) 522-7342 or send an email to recdept@coronado.ca.us for questions.

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Silver Strand Median Maintenance: Next week, the City of Coronado will conduct general maintenance of the two aloe median islands on Silver Strand State Highway. The median islands, or oases, are located between Leyte Road and Coronado Cays Boulevard. General maintenance, including irrigation, litter removal, clearing of some vegetation, and plantings will be performed by the City’s general landscape contractor. Southbound lane No. 1 between Leyte Road and Coronado Cays Boulevard will be temporarily shut down between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday May 19. Please drive carefully in the area.    

Silver Strand median work           



Golf Course Lighting Improvements: The last of the light fixtures have been delivered for the Golf Course Lighting Improvements project, which means the project will be completed this week. The parking lot and pathways will be illuminated in the evenings, increasing safety and security for the golf course and restaurant staff and patrons.

Golf Course Bollards



National Public Works Week: May 16-22 is National Public Works Week. This year’s theme is “Stronger Together,” which challenges public works employees and citizens to think about the role public works plays in creating a great place to live. By working together, the impact citizens and public works professionals can have on their communities is enhanced and results in the ability to accomplish goals once thought unattainable. The City Council showed its appreciation for Coronado’s public works employees with a proclamation at the last City Council meeting.

Public Works Week


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.

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Coronado Spring Cleanup: The City’s annual Spring Cleanup event will be held May 17-22. EDCO asks that residents place bulky items on the curb with their regular trash containers on their regularly scheduled collection day during the event. Residents may dispose of unwanted items such as broken appliances, water heaters, furniture, old mattresses and other items that are too large or heavy to place in the trash carts on collection day. Debris from contractors, landscapers or commercial businesses will not be accepted.

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Library Fees: The Library will begin reinstating fines and fees for overdue items starting June 15. Charges were not applied during the stay at home order at the request of the Library Board of Trustees. Patrons with outstanding items will receive an email letting them know that charges will resume. The Library will continue its policy of automatically renewing items up to two times, except for when a request has been placed on the item.

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Afoot and Afield San Diego County: The Coronado Public Library will present Scott Turner, co-author of the fifth edition of “Afoot and Afield San Diego County.” AT 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, he will share some of the best hikes in the County and how to enjoy local trails safely and responsibly. Tuner will introduce the Afoot and Afield Challenge, featuring 100 of the best hikes across San Diego County. Visit cplevents.org or click here to register for this Zoom event.

Afoot and Afield




New Spice Library Event: Discover a new favorite spice with the Coronado Public Library. Each month, the Coronado Public Library has been inviting community members to explore different spices used in dishes around the world. Registrants pick up the monthly spice selection at the Library, cook with it and join other food enthusiasts on Zoom to talk about what they made and their thoughts about the spice. The next meeting will be held via Zoom on Friday, May 21, at 2 p.m. Once registered, participants will receive instructions on how to pick up a spice packet for the May Spice It Up Coronado program and will receive the Zoom link the day before we meet. For the month of May, we will be exploring annatto seeds, a Latin American spice. All spices come pre-packaged with ingredients clearly listed on each packet. Register here.

Recreation and Golf Services Updates:

  • Coronado Aquatics Center is in the process of scheduling summer programs, including swim lessons. Details and registration information will be available May 19 on the Aquatics webpage at www.coronado.ca.us/aquatics and on social media.

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  • Online summer program registration opened Wednesday, May 5,  for residents. To find the right camp for your child or an activity for adults, check out Recreation’s eBrochure at  www.coronado.ca.us/register. Registration will open to all Wednesday, May 19. There are many programs and camps to choose from.

         Summer Brochure Cover




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.

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Pet of the Week: Charlie, a 4-year-old Pit Bull, is this week’s Pet of the Week. He is charming, spunky, and has an adorable “pitty wiggle.” Charlie has been taught basic training but is still needs some additional basic obedience training. He is a happy dog who always appears to be smiling. To find out more about Charlie, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Charlie Pet of the Week



May Blood Drive: The City and American Red Cross have scheduled a blood drive on Sunday, May 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the John D. Spreckels Center, 1019 Seventh St. All blood donations are now tested for COVID-19 antibodies. In 2020, the City sponsored nine blood drives, that attracted 367 participants of which 159 were first time donors. Coronado had the highest collection total for the year in the Central-South San Diego region. Click here to schedule an appointment.

May Blood Drive

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.

Fourth of July house
Posted on 05/14/2021
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