Weekly Update June 25, 2021

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Weekly Update June 25, 2021

Weekly Update June 25, 2021


Weekly UpdateCheck out Interim City Manager Mark Ochenduszko’s Weekly Update videoIf you are interested in receiving an emailed notice of the Weekly Update, sign up for eNotifications on the City’s website, enter your email address and click on Weekly Update and any other documents you would like to receive.

Hotel del Coronado Construction Update: Residents may be wondering what is going on at the Hotel del Coronado. Construction projects have become quite visible in recent weeks. The National Historic Landmark is undergoing a major renovation as part of its $400 million master plan. Full completion is expected in late 2022 and includes five main components: a new main entryway; underground parking; conference center; 144 new guest rooms; and improvements to Avenida del Sol and along Orange Avenue. The main entrance project restores the former main entryway with the original front porch restoration and a long and landscaped driveway into the property from Avenida del Sol. The front porch is expected to open next month, and the main entry this summer. Two underground parking garages allow the construction of the conference center on top of one structure with 1,179 spaces. The north parking structure is complete, and the south will open this year. The Southpointe Center will be a modern meeting and conference event space featuring a 15,000-square-foot ballroom that can be configured into 10 spaces leading to outdoor balconies. The conference center is estimated to open in 2022. The 144 new rooms will be included in the Shore House, a residential-style building with its own guests and owners, along Avenida del Sol. Estimated completion is 2022. Upgrades to Avenida del Sol include new curbs and gutters, sidewalks, lighting, a raising of the street near the beach end, and a new signalized intersection that will help with traffic control when the entrance opens. The signal may be activated as soon as July 7. The street improvements will be completed later this year. Check the Hotel del Coronado’s website for more details on the master plan. The City approved the master plan in 2003. The plan, which was modified in 2010, was delayed over the years and restarted in late 2018.

Hotel del Coronado Work three images

Fourth of July: The Fourth of July is right around the corner. It is traditionally the City’s biggest holiday event of the year. The City is expecting many visitors as well as residents over the three-day holiday weekend to attend the planned festivities. 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. 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.
  • The holiday is observed on Monday, July 5.
  • 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 location and viewing. There will be traffic direction provided at Glorietta Boulevard and Visalia Row at the Golf Course the morning of the July 3 run as participants will use Glorietta. The fireworks display will begin at 9 a.m.
  • 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.

    Coronado Safe Summer Graphic

  • Naval Base Coronado will conduct a gun-salute in honor of the holiday at noon on Sunday, July 4, 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.

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. Due to the holiday falling on a Monday, there will be a delay in collection service. Certain City of Coronado departments and services will be open with varying hours of operation. Here is the Fourth of July holiday schedule:

Fourth Schedule 2021

Free Summer Shuttle Ridership Up: Ridership of Coronado's Free Summer Shuttle, which started earlier this month after a one-year pandemic-related break, is way up. The City takes over the Metropolitan Transit System’s 904 Route and offers courtesy rides around Coronado during the busy summer season. Daily ridership figures for the 904 Route were averaging about 30 riders a day. In the first eight days of service of the Free Summer Shuttle program, ridership increased to an average of 454 riders a day. The numbers are still not back up to pre-COVID figures, but it’s a great start. The program runs through Labor Day, Sept. 6. 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. 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. 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


Vaccination Clinic Farewell Event: The COVID-19 Vaccination Site was closed at the Coronado Community Center and relocated to Sharp's Retail Pharmacy, 230 Prospect Place. More than 50,000 vaccines were provided to the community through the partnership with the City since January. To show its appreciation to the volunteers, City leaders and staff, and the medical teams providing assistance during the clinic’s operation, Sharp officials held an event last week to formally thank them. Many Coronado residents, as well as people across San Diego County, donated their time to help people receive their vaccines at the facility. The City provided the facility and staff from multiple departments to run the operation as smoothly as possible. The City thanks Sharp for the successful partnership.

Sharp Vaccination Appreciation Event

Sharp Vaccination Appreciation Event 2



Remaining COVID-19 Restrictions: Last week, the state lifted capacity and distancing restrictions for most businesses and activities, and normal operations resumed June 15. The exception is with large-scale events, which will have some restrictions, through at least Oct. 1. People are encouraged to wear a mask anytime they feel vulnerable, when at a large indoor or outdoor gathering or simply indoors. Over the summer, the state will continue to track vaccination and infection rates and keep some guidelines in place until at least Oct. 1. The California Division of Occupational Safety & Health, which protects employees throughout the state, approved updated COVID-19 emergency temporary standards, which the governor has made effective. The new rules allow fully vaccinated employees to forego face coverings indoors. They may forego face masks outdoors, regardless of vaccination status. No physical distancing or barrier requirements are needed. Vaccination status must be documented. Some other restrictions to note include that masking is still recommended in some instances, such as on public transit, including the City's Free Summer Shuttle, at hospitals and long-term care facilities, indoors in kindergarten through 12th grade schools, and for childcare and other youth settings.  People who are unvaccinated must continue to wear a mask indoors in public settings to protect themselves and others. Exceptions to the face-covering requirement: Persons younger than two years old; Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask; Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.

High School Incident: The City is aware of the unfortunate and disappointing incident that occurred June 19 involving tortillas being thrown at an opposing basketball team following a game in Coronado with Coronado High School. An investigation is currently underway by the Coronado Police Department. The City will withhold any further comments until more is known as a result of the investigation. Please note that both school districts and the California Interscholastic Federation are conducting their own investigations.

Summer Camp Registration: The first week of Summer Camp as begun!  This week, more than 110 campers have played, surfed, danced, jumped, sang, coded, dribbled and more in the 12 camps that are being offered.  There are still openings for future camps. To find out what openings are available, visit https://cityofcoronado.perfectmind.com/ and click on Program Registration and then click on the Camps of Interest.

Camps Collage



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.

Swim Lessons image

Aquatics Center flyer


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.

Spreckels Center Phased Reopening:  Spreckels Center staff, and the facility's new Recreation Supervisor Dana Welch, welcomed the community back to the facility last week. The Spreckels Center was designed to serve the City's vibrant 50-plus community and will offer a wide variety of programs and services, including health, fitness and wellness programs, volunteer and civic engagement opportunities, educational and arts programs, and inter-generational programs. A welcome reception was held this week and in-person classes also began this week in a phased manner. Additional programs will kick off around mid-July. A full staff is expected by the fall.

Spreckels Center reopening

Spreckels Center Reopening plan

Library Tennis Court Update: The tennis court net mounting hardware at the Coronado Public Library courts is in the process of being repaired and is expected to be completed by June 30.

Library Tennis Courts

Library Summer Reading Events: From June 21 to Aug. 13, all ages of readers can win prizes just for logging the books they read. The Library’s Summer Reading program officially kicks off with a Summer Reading Luau for all ages on Friday, June 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Library Park.  The luau will feature crafts, games such as limbo, and live music by the Coronado Ukulele Club. There will also be a raffle for prizes. Registration is encouraged and can be done at cplevents.org. 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

Booking Library Spaces: The Coronado Public Library rooms are once again available for public booking. In order to reserve a space, click the “reserve a room” tab at the top of the page. The Winn Room and Ruby Room are available for community events that are free and open to all or for meetings of Coronado-based nonprofits. The conference room can be booked for groups up to 12 people. To schedule a space reservation, click here.

Orange Avenue Banners: 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.

Orange Avenue Banners

Pet of the Week: Adelaide, a 2-year-old Siamese mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. She is sweet and shy with an independent nature. Adelaide has blue eyes and a caramel-with-cream coat. She is friendly with people and best suited for kids 12-years-old or older. To find out more about Adelaide, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Adelaide 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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Hotel del Coronado Work
Posted on 06/25/2021
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