Weekly Update July 2, 2021

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Weekly Update July 2, 2021

Weekly Update July 2, 2021


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Fire Chief News: Jim Lydon, Coronado’s fire chief since September 2017, has announced his retirement effective July 2. Chief Lydon is retiring after more than four decades in fire service. He has dedicated himself to serving residents and the City of Coronado in the most professional manner. He will be greatly missed. A full press release can be found online. To ensure a smooth transition to a permanent replacement, I have appointed an interim fire chief who will be on duty at the Fourth of July Parade on the morning of Friday, July 3. Former Coronado Fire Chief Mike Blood has agreed to fill in while the City undergoes a recruitment to fill the fire chief position. Mike Blood held the position of fire chief immediately prior to Lydon’s tenure and, over 28 years, served in all ranks of the Coronado Fire Department including division chief, fire captain, fire engineer and firefighter. Congratulations to Jim Lydon and welcome Mike Blood.

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Fourth of July: The Fourth of July is the City’s biggest holiday event of the year. This year, the holiday falls on a Sunday and is observed on a Monday making it a three-day holiday weekend. A list of frequently asked questions, including when will the medians open, where will roads be closed, where will bus routes be relocated and more, can be found on the City’s public engagement site, Comment Coronado.

Comment Coronado Fourth page

Here are some important reminders about the celebrations:

  • The parade, a rough water swim and the Crown City Classic run are set for Saturday, July 3, and the fireworks display and a Navy parachute demonstration for the Fourth of July. The parade begins at 10 a.m.
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  • The holiday is observed on Monday, July 5. Most City offices will be closed. However, all residential and commercial trash and recycling collection will be provided on regularly scheduled days. See the full schedule of City operating hours online.
        Trash Bins
  • The Coronado Golf Course will be open normal hours on Saturday, July 3, and Monday, July 5, but will be closed on Sunday, July 4, due to the fireworks display. There will be traffic direction provided at Glorietta Boulevard and Visalia Row at the Golf Course the morning of the July 3 as the run passes by the Golf Course entrance. The fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m. and be launched from Stingray Point, which will result in the closure of the sandy beach. The safety zone must remain closed to the public to prevent people from setting up viewing spots in the launch area.
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  • For outdoor “mega-events,” such as parades, public health officials request that attendees be fully vaccinated, obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to attending the event, or wear a face covering. Signs will be posted along the parade route and near the Golf Course for the fireworks display to remind the community of public health recommendations.
         Signs in Medians
  • UPDATED to correct day to Monday, July 5: Naval Base Coronado will conduct a gun-salute in honor of the holiday at noon on Monday, July 5, from Naval Air Station North Island.
  • Sharp Coronado Hospital, with help from Coronado Fourth of July, is planning a mobile vaccine clinic near the Spreckels Park bandstand from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 3, the day of the parade. Spreckels Park is across from the Coronado Public Library on Orange Avenue. Vaccines will be available to those ages 12 and above. No appointments are necessary.
  • Boaters hoping to watch the fireworks from the water should be conscious of and avoid anchoring within eelgrass habitats. Eelgrass is an important habitat for juvenile fishes, seabirds and other animals. It is easily damaged by boat anchors and propellers so please avoid anchoring in eelgrass while enjoying the show. See map of eelgrass beds within San Diego Bay and please avoid anchoring in these areas. See larger image of maps here.


 Eelgrass Map

  • The City of Coronado will be setting up two free anchorage areas in Glorietta Bay for the July 4 weekend. They will be open for mariners to come in and anchor starting the afternoon of July 2. The anchorage areas will be open until the afternoon of July 5. Also, the A-5 Anchorage in Glorietta Bay will be closed from 10 a.m. on July 4 until 6 a.m. on July 5. The U.S. Coast Guard, San Diego Harbor Police and City of Coronado will be regulating these anchorage areas over the Independence Day holiday weekend. Map of free anchorage areas to come

    Glorietta Bay Anchorage

Banners on Orange AvenueThe City’s medians have been decked out for the summer and upcoming holiday weekend with the traditional patriotic-themed banners on 30 street poles along Orange Avenue, from First Street to Avenida de las Arenas. Banners will remain up through mid-September. The City receives funding for the Orange Avenue Banner program through the Coronado Tourism Improvement District’s Community Improvements Fund for the banner program. The grant covers the design, production and installation of up to six different banners throughout the year-long program. The summer patriotic banners have been a tradition in Coronado for many years.

Patriotic Banners

Fourth of July Holiday Schedule: The City of Coronado will observe the Fourth of July holiday on Monday, July 5. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on the holiday. EDCO will continue to provide solid waste and recycling collection during the Fourth of July holiday week. Although the Fourth of July holiday will be observed on Monday, July 5, all collection services will be unaffected.  All residential and commercial trash and recycling collection will be provided on your regularly scheduled service day all week. Certain City of Coronado departments and services will be open with varying hours of operation. Here is the Fourth of July holiday schedule:

Fourth of July Sked 2021

Cays Holiday Buses, Free Passes: The City will provide special free bus service from the Cays to the Village on July 3 and July 4 for Cays residents from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. in 30-minute intervals. New this year: Stops will be made at Silver Strand Lincoln Military Housing on the special July 3 & 4 free bus service from the Cays to the Village, per Metropolitan Transit System officials, at the regular MTS bus stops off Leyte Road. In addition, the City is providing free day passes for Cays residents to allow them to connect to the Free Summer Shuttle in the Village through Labor Day. On July 3 and 4, the Free Summer Shuttle in the Village will operate from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Check out a story map for the shuttle, 2021 summer shuttle information, and the operating shuttle schedule for July 3 – July 4.

Cays Passes details

Officer Honored: Coronado Officer Sam Sellers was recognized on June 23 in a virtual award ceremony put on by MADD California. Officer Sellers was selected as Coronado’s recipient and recognized for the DUI arrests he made in 2020. This is not the first time Officer Sellers has been recognized for this award. He was previously awarded the same honor in 2019 and 2017. Officer Sellers has been with the Coronado Police Department since 2013 and is currently assigned to Patrol. Congratulations Officer Sellers.

Officer Sellers


Employee of the Quarter - Q2: Interim City Manager Mark Ochenduszko has announced the recipient of the Employee of the Quarter award for the second quarter. Kelly Purvis, a senior management analyst in the City Manager’s Office, was honored for building up the City’s arts programs from the ground up and her passionate engagement in forming a positive relationship in the City with the arts that continues to stimulate the local economy and contributes to a future where art is everywhere and for everyone. She is the staff liaison to the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission and brings her organizational skills to every project she works on. Purvis is relentlessly positive, always willing to jump in to support initiatives, and committed to the collective success of the City and its staff. She is well-known and highly regarded by her colleagues and throughout the community.

Kelly Purvis Employee of the Quarter

Traffic Signal at Avenida del Sol: SDG&E is planning to provide electrical service this week for the traffic signal at the Hotel del Coronado, which is installing the signal to help control traffic at its new main entrance once opened. When electrical power is provided to the signal, crews with the California Department of Transportation will perform a system check. If there are no issues, the new traffic signal will be in operation by July 7.

Trinidad Pump Station Upgrades: On Tuesday, July 6, a project to upgrade the Trinidad Wastewater Pump Station located at the northeast corner of Coronado Cays Boulevard and Port of Spain Road will begin. The project will replace pumps, pipes and electrical service, and install a new water service. The work will require the closure of the second lane of Coronado Cays Boulevard and the adjacent sidewalk.

Celebration of Life Event at Star Park: The City of Coronado has approved a memorial service at Star Park that will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. on Friday, July 9. The City permitted the Celebration of Life event, to include a live string quartet, bagpipes, a bugler, Navy rifle detail and a Navy flyover, on behalf of the family of retired Navy Capt. E. M. Moore Jr. who died in Coronado on Nov. 17, 2020. The City was notified that all military service actions, including the rifle detail and flyover, were approved by the Navy. Moore, who lived in Coronado most of his flying career, was a pilot for the Navy during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was shot down over Vietnam and held for six years as a prisoner of war.

Plein Art Exhibition at Library: Plein Air, an exhibition co-produced by the Coronado Public Library and the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission, featuring works by local painters, is now on view in the Spreckels Reading Room. The exhibition features 14 artists and 49 paintings from the San Diego Plein Air Meetup Group. The Cultural Arts Commission and the Library is collaborating on this new gallery space in the historic Spreckels Reading Room and is looking forward to featuring free exhibitions of artwork for the public to enjoy. Nearly 100 patrons enjoyed an opening event on Sunday, June 27, which included many of the participating artists as well as three local artists: Christie Curren, Mary Hale and Tina Christiansen doing painting demonstrations in front of the Library. Enjoy this video about the exhibition and opening reception. Click here to view the CoronadoARTS YouTube channel.

Plein Air Event

Orange Avenue Banners-Nonprofit Series: Applications for the nonprofit series of banners for the Orange Avenue Banner Program to be installed the week of Sept. 15 through the Thanksgiving holiday are available online now. The program, initiated in 2016 and funded through a Discover Coronado grant, displays banners on the Orange Avenue corridor from First Street to Avenida de las Arenas. Two of the five annual banner installations are open to local nonprofit organizations. The application deadline to be considered for this series is July 15 and are available on CoronadoARTS.com. For more information, call (619) 522-2633.

Emerald Keepers Banner

Swim Lessons: Recreation & Golf Services Aquatics Center is offering Swim Lessons for ages 6 months to 8 years old.  New sessions begin every three weeks.  To register, visit www.coronado.ca.us/register or call (619) 522-7342.

Aquatics Center flyer


Open Play Reading at Library: On Tuesday, July 6, there will be an open reading of the play “Titus Andronicus” in the Winn Room at the Coronado Public Library. The reading will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants are able to enjoy an abbreviated version of the first part of the play with expert commentary provided by a director from the San Diego Shakespeare Society. Alternatively, members of the audience are also invited to volunteer to take part and read a character in one of the scenes. The Library is providing the event in hybrid format, which means that the audience can take part either in person at the Library or from home via Zoom. To obtain a Zoom link for the event, please go to cplevents.org to register or click here.

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Centrifugal Force Painting at the Library: On Tuesday, July 6, kids can learn how to paint using centrifugal force at the Coronado Public Library. The activity will be from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Library Park (outside, adjacent to the Winn Room). Create radical rotational art using spinning devices like a pendulum. This craft involves non-permanent paint spinning at fast speeds so please check with your parents and wear clothes that can get messy.

Centrifugal Painting image

Learn Landscaping Permaculture: Learn how to integrate the principles of permaculture in your landscape design to better manage rainwater and feed your soil. This talk through the Coronado Public Library’s Eco-Wise Lecture Series, in partnership with Emerald Keepers, will be via Zoom on Thursday, July 8 from 11 a.m. to noon. Join speaker Diane Kennedy, retired park ranger and current operator of Finch Frolic Garden, a permaculture habitat in Fallbrook, as she explains the benefits of permaculture, gardening without chemicals and regenerative living. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions. Go to cplevents.org to register and receive the Zoom link here.

Permaculture Eco-Wise

Library Summer Reading Events: Readers of all ages can win prizes for logging books they read through Aug. 13. The Library’s Summer Reading program officially kicked off with a Summer Reading Luau last week. This year’s theme for Summer Reading is “Reading Colors Your World.” Participants can click here to register and log the books they read. Paper reading logs are also available for those who prefer. For more information, please visit or call the Library at (619) 522-7390.

Reading Colors Your World

Regional Transportation Plan Update: Residents can provide their comments on the San Diego Association of Governments draft 2021 Regional Plan through July 30. The draft long-term transportation plan was presented to the SANDAG board of directors and posted to SDForward.com. The future of the San Diego region, how it grows, connects people and places, how the environment is protected, are addressed in the plan. The draft Environmental Impact Report will be released summer 2021. The SANDAG board will consider adopting the plan in late 2021.

Pet of the Week: Jax, a 4-year-old Weimaraner mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. He is a shy, sweet gentleman with a loving nature. He loves a good hug and is ready to light up your day with a goofy smile. Due to his large size, he is best suited for a family without small children. To find out more about Jax, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Jax Pet of the Week

Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following positions are open on the Civil Service Commission and the Parks & Recreations 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.


COVID-19 Information: The City is working diligently to provide the latest news and information on the coronavirus pandemic. The City publishes its news regularly 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.

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Posted on 07/02/2021
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