Weekly Update May 28, 2021

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Weekly Update May 28, 2021

Weekly Update May 28, 2021

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Memorial Day Service: The annual Memorial Day Service at Star Park is set for 10 a.m. on Monday, May 31. Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the event will be limited to 100 chairs for guest speakers and participants in the program only. However, the City encourages the community to attend virtually as the service will be broadcast live on Coronado TV and online on the City’s website. The program also will be re-broadcast on Coronado TV after the ceremony. The annual service  ̶  sponsored by the Coronado VFW Post 2422, the Coronado detachment of the Marine Corps League, United States Navy League and the Silver Strand chapter of the Military Officers Association of America  ̶   honors fallen military. The City asks that the community tune in to Coronado TV on Spectrum Channel 19 or AT&T Channel 99 or on the City’s website at 10 a.m. 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. City Hall and the Library will close but 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:

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Free Summer Shuttle Kick-off Set: A sure sign that Coronado is on the road to recovery from the pandemic is the return of the Free Summer Shuttles. Join the City, supporters and sponsors of the program at the kick-off event on Sunday, June 6, at 1 p.m. at Spreckels Park directly across from the Coronado Public Library. The classic VW bus-themed artwork is back and a big thank you to sponsor of the wraps, Discover Coronado. The free service was launched in 2013 but was discontinued last year. Beginning June 6, residents, guests, and local business operators will see the familiar Free Summer Shuttle buses along the Metropolitan Transit System’s 904 Route running in 15-minute intervals. Buses run seven days a week through Labor Day, Sept. 6, from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and an hour later on Friday and Saturday. The City will buy MTS day passes for Cays residents. The City also has contracted with MTS to provide special free bus service on July 3 and July 4 for Cays residents. It will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. in 30-minute intervals from the Cays to the Village. Note that the Free Summer Shuttle in the Village will operate from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 3, and Sunday, July 4. Find more details on the program here: http://bit.ly/ShuttleInfo2021.

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Fourth of July Planning: The City wants the community to know that staff is looking ahead and planning for Fourth of July celebrations if COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease or are removed. The Fourth of July Committee is planning for a parade and other events with an understanding that everything could be canceled. The City also is preparing with logistical support including street closures, parking enforcement, crowd monitoring, posting no-parking signs, and cleanup. A decision is yet to be made if any associated events will be held, including the parade, a fireworks display, Navy parachute demonstration, a rough water swim and race. The City Council approved funding for the fireworks providing San Diego County health officials maintain their position that fireworks displays are allowed. The Port of San Diego announced that its 20-minute Big Bay Boom fireworks show will be held at 9 p.m. on July 4. The City is monitoring the situation and will publish frequently asked questions and other information about the events if they get approved. Thanks for your patience.

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Cays Park Master Plan Update: The City’s Parks and Recreation Committee held a meeting May 17 that included an update on plans to improve Coronado Cays Park, the largest City-owned park and joint-use sports fields. City staff provided Commissioners and the community with a summary of tasks completed on the project before the pandemic to develop a Coronado Cays Park Master Plan as well as efforts being developed to re-start the project. Many in the community provided input at the meeting. The City is aware that the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association sent out a Cays community-based online survey to understand whether community opinions about the project have changed. The City plans to review the results and provide a project update to the Parks and Recreation Commission, along with recommendations from City staff on how to proceed. Any proposed concepts for an updated design will be prepared after receiving community input. The City embarked on a project two years ago to develop a master plan to help the City create a long-range vision that can be implemented over time. Two public workshops were held in October of 2019. Two surveys were taken, one designed to solicit information regarding each respondent’s current use of the park and desire for improvements and the other designed to gauge the aesthetic preferences of respondents. Survey results were presented to the City Council that December and are available for download on the project webpage.

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Village Theatre Reopening: The Village Theatre is planning to reopen on Aug. 1, following the installation of all new seating. The theater underwent an extensive renovation a decade ago and reopened in June of 2010. The theatre shutdown during the early days of the pandemic and,  although the venue could have opened with a limited audience sooner, the operator made a decision to wait until the theater could fully open. This week, the theatre operator partnered with the Coronado Island Film Festival to show Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” for a fundraiser for the festival. The City supports the operator’s decision and is looking forward to going to the movies again.

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Avenue of Heroes Spring Ceremony: The City and Avenue of Heroes Committee held the virtual Avenue of Heroes Banner Dedication Ceremony last weekend. The event honors local active or retired service members with a reading of their service biographies along with a display of photos of their military careers. The City is proud to sponsor the program. Fourteen Hometown Heroes were honored as part of the program’s Group 12. Banners for each are now installed along Third and Fourth streets between Orange Avenue and Alameda Boulevard, Coronado’s official Avenue of Heroes. The City, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2422, the Avenue of Heroes Neighborhood Association, the Avenue of Heroes Committee and the Coronado Historical Association worked 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 to watch the video. Find out how to nominate someone you know by clicking here.

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Ride to Live ProgramThe Coronado Police Department hosted its most recent “Ride to Live” motorcycle training class on Saturday, May 22, at Silver Strand State Beach. It was the fourth class offered since the department was awarded a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety funding program. The class had 22 participants, all of whom were awarded certificates of completion. Participants spent the day interacting with Coronado motorcycle officers and learned riding skills designed to improve their safety on the road. The next Ride to Live class will be held in September but all planned classes are full. Riders interested in participating should contact Cpl. Anthony Flores at [email protected] to be placed on a waiting list. The department will host a special active duty military-only session on Wednesday, June 9. Spaces are available. Participants must present a valid military ID. Visit Eventbrite.com and search for "Ride to Live Active Duty" or contact Cpl. Flores for a link.

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Virtual Historic Preservation Symposium: The Coronado Historical Association held its free annual Historic Preservation Symposium last week via Zoom. The program, co-hosted by Coronado MainStreet and the City of Coronado, is available here or can be seen on Coronado TV. The symposium celebrated National Preservation Month by discussing preservation in Coronado. Coronado native Scott Keyes, who now serves as chief of the Heritage Documentation Programs at the National Park Service, presented on national historic preservation efforts, including the documentation of the country's historic properties. In addition, Coronado Associate Planner Tricia Olsen described the City’s Historic Resource Ordinance and the process to apply for Historic Designation and Mills Act tax incentives. Here is the link to the video.

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Upcoming Park Field Closures: Sunset, Cays and Tidelands parks will be closed at various times during the month of June. From June 1-13, the Sunset and Cays fields will be closed for Public Services to perform maintenance, such as aeration, and to allow the turf to rest so that is may be strong enough to withstand the summer traffic and heat. From June 14-27, the Tidelands Park sports fields will be closed for similar maintenance. Dog park, playgrounds, all paved pathways and facilities, such as the tennis courts, will still be available for usage. (Photo: Sunset Park.)

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Mental Health Month Activities: Last Saturday, May 22, during May Mental Health Wellness Month, the Coronado Public Library partnered with the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission and SAFE to host a fun day of art activities for kids and teens. The day of events was held on the lawn north of the Library. All supplies, as well as snacks and drinks were provided, with no registration required. Superhero capes made from T-shirts were set out on tables for the children to design using washable markers. The premise of the second event was to create a place where participants could ‘go to’ whenever they needed a space of their own. The final event was the Magic Wand-Making project, where special wands were decorated.

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Tennis Day: Impact Activities is hosting a Tennis Day on Saturday, June 5, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Coronado Tennis Center. The event is for the tennis community to meet and greet the new management. There will be four courts of level-based adult tennis and one court for junior play for the first hour of this event. Recreation and Golf Services will also be there serving barbequed hamburgers, hotdogs with sides and drinks. For questions or more information, call (619) 522-2650.

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Performance Recognition: The City congratulates the H2A dancers for their recent wins in their first competitions since the pandemic began. Here's a link to the winners.

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Coronado Aquatics Center: The Aquatics Center is starting up swim lessons. Registration for Coronado residents started this week and nonresident registration starts June 2. Additionally, Water Exercise, formerly known as water aerobics, will be available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. For more information on these water activities, call (619) 522-7342 or click here for an article link.

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Pets of the Week: Sebastian, Triton and Taco, kittens from two litters, are this week’s Pets of the Week. Sebastian and Triton are a bonded pair of 11-week-old kittens, and Taco is the last kitten from his litter, and is 13 weeks old. They would all like to find homes where they will have the patience and love they need to settle into a new and unfamiliar environment. The adoption fees are $50 for Taco, who would do best in a home with another kitten or cat that will cuddle and play with him, and $75 for Sebastian and Triton as a bonded pair. To find out more about the kittens, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

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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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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.

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Posted on 05/28/2021
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