Weekly Update May 29, 2020

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Weekly Update May 29. 2020

Weekly Update May 29, 2020


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Passive Use of Beach: San Diego County has announced that beaches may open for passive use, such as sunbathing and relaxing with towels and chairs with members of your household unit, on Tuesday, June 2, not before. The Coronado City Council agreed last week that when the County’s health officer opened local beaches for passive use, the City would follow whatever guidelines are issued. Activities such as football or volleyball at the beach are not allowed. Tents, shade structures and coolers are not allowed. The Council asked the public at its May 19 meeting to heed social distancing and sanitation measures when at the beach. Dog Beach, Sunset Park and the fire rings remain closed. Restrictions were recently reduced on parking lots adjacent to the beach and the bay, and at parks, pursuant to the San Diego County Public Health Officer. They will remain for the time being open to only 50 percent of capacity.

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Reopening of Lawn Bowling Green: The Coronado Lawn Bowling Green has reopened at the John D. Spreckels Center with the required San Diego County reopening plan. The plan includes a list of physical distancing and sanitation measures that will be put in place to protect Lawn Bowling Green members and participants. The Lawn Bowling Green opened Thursday, May 28. Those playing must wear face masks, have their temperatures checked, and only two sets of two participants will be allowed on two “rinks,” or lanes, at a time. The available rinks are several rinks apart. Reservations are required. Restrooms will be available to participants and members only. They will be cleaned frequently. Equipment may not be shared.

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Golf Course Update: The City reopened the Coronado Municipal Golf Course on May 1 after the San Diego County public health officer relaxed restrictions for parks and golf courses at the end of April. The County has further amended the Golf Course Sanitation Protocol form to note that golf instruction and clinics are no longer suspended and cart usage is no longer limited to a single golfer.

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Reopening of Cays Tennis Courts: The Glorietta Bay Tennis Center reopened last week. The San Diego County public health officer recently amended an order to allow for tennis to resume under monitored limited conditions. The Cays Tennis Courts may open as early as June 5. The rules at both facilities require that no more than two individual participants or one household group is allowed on the court at a time. The courts must be monitored, and  masks and temperature checks required. Play will require registration, payment of registration fees of $5 per resident per court and $20 per nonresident per court for a 1-hour spot and abiding by the hours of operation. For the Cays, play is proposed for three days a week -- Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday -- from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. because the courts need to be supervised. One-on-one tennis lessons have resumed.  

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Restaurants, Retail Shops Questions: San Diego County was given approval late last week by the state to allow restaurants to offer indoor dining and retail establishments in-store shopping while abiding by the County’s Restaurant Operating Protocol. Businesses must follow state and County guidance, and complete and post their safe reopening plans. Visit the County’s website for questions on safe reopening plans. Businesses can email the County at [email protected]. As businesses are allowed to conditionally reopen, there is a need to monitor and educate businesses to ensure they follow San Diego County’s safe reopening plan. The City entered into a contract with Coronado MainStreet to provide that monitoring service. Just as in other areas, further reductions in restrictions will depend on full compliance.

Temporary Outdoor Seating: The City Council agreed May 19 to waive Coronado’s parking code requirements to allow local restaurants to temporarily serve dining patrons in parking lots, other dedicated parking spots or other open areas near their restaurants. Some restaurants have reopened indoor dining. Several businesses have contacted the City about adding temporary outdoor seating and staff is working with them to develop plans consistent with City guidelines. However, no actual application has been submitted. The Council action allows Coronado restaurants to maintain but not exceed their previously approved seating occupancy prior to the COVID-19 emergency required them to close or greatly reduce their operations. The seating is subject to the conditions and limitations outlined in a City handout and application form found on the Community Development web page. There is no fee. Plans may be submitted to [email protected]Restaurants must obtain approval by the state Alcoholic Beverage Control for alcohol-related service outside their existing permits. The Council approved the arrangement until Aug. 1 or until limitations on indoor seating are lifted.

County Allows Salons, Barbershops to Reopen: Salons and barbershops, as well as houses of worship, may reopen in Coronado and across the region, per state and San Diego County health officials as of Wednesday, May 27. Places of worship will have to limit attendance to 25% of capacity, or 100 people or fewer, whichever of the two is smaller. Worshipers not in the same household will have to sit or stand six feet apart. Given the high risk of this activity, outdoor ceremonies are encouraged and vulnerable members of the population (over 65 years old, compromised immune system or underlying condition) are strongly encouraged to participate through streaming or some other form of remote technology. Hair salons and barbershop employees will have to complete a health screening at the beginning and end of each shift and both stylists and customers must wear facial coverings for the duration of the hair appointment. At this time, no eyelash and eyebrow services, facials and shaves are allowed.

Shark Sighting: Coronado lifeguards posted warning signs on Tuesday, May 26, after a mature white shark was observed just off the North Beach shore at about 2 p.m. The beach was not closed because the approximately 12-foot shark did not engage with anyone in the water. The shark was seen by a lifeguard on a paddle board about 100 yards from the shoreline, just past the surf in 6 to 8 feet of water, next to him. It was larger than his 11-foot paddle board. Following statewide protocol developed by the California Marine Safety Chiefs Association in conjunction with the Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach, the beach was posted based on the sighting with no engagement. Sharks are an important part of the local ecology. Signs were posted for 24 hours from the Main Tower to Tower 6C, which is just south of the pedestrian entrance to North Beach and at the entrance to both North Beach and Central Beach.

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Memorial Day 2020 Virtual Ceremony:  The local sponsors of the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Star Park and the City worked together to produce a special videotaped program that aired on Coronado TV on Memorial Day. The City has made the video available on its website. Click here or on the video image here. Special thanks to sponsors – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2422, Coronado Post; United States Navy League, Coronado Council; Military Officers Association of America, Silver Strand Chapter; and Marine Corps League, Coronado Detachment. Check for repeat broadcasts in the coming week on Coronado TV.

Library Curbside  Update: The Coronado Public Library has resumed its street-side book drops for returns and curbside pickup services last week. The numbers show how popular our Library is especially during this time. Since May 11, when service resumed, a limited staff of Library employees, with other projects underway, has taken 1,184 calls and checked out 7,096 items. Before the pandemic and the Library closed, staff checked out about 1,000 items a day. Still, the number is large for being closed to the public. The Library has created a flier with all the steps for checking out books using its curbside service.

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Shooting Arrests: Coronado Detectives arrested an 18-year-old man on Wednesday, May 27, in connection with the armed robbery and shooting of an 18-year-old Coronado High School student earlier this month. The man was charged with robbery and jailed. A 17-year-old male was arrested last Friday, May 22, with help from other law enforcement agencies, and charged with attempted homicide, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. The shooting was reported Monday, May 4, at 9:31 p.m. when several 911 calls were received regarding a shooting in the 900 block of Orange Avenue. Officers found the 18-year-old victim on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital. The victim had arranged to meet the suspects to sell jewelry over an internet app which pairs buyers and sellers. 

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Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Storm Drain Improvement Project:  Trenching operations continued this week primarily between Second and Third streets, and the contractor continued to install a base pavement layer to allow parking over the trench line where work is already completed. 'A final pavement layer and roadway repairs as needed will be conducted at the end of the project. Next week, trenching operations will shift to the 300 block of I Avenue between Third and Fourth streets.

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Osher Lecture This Week: This week’s Osher online lecture, brought to you courtesy of the City's Spreckels Center and UC San Diego's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, involves gaining a better understanding of Universal Basic Income (UBI). “Back to Basics, The Universal Basic Income Debate” will provide insight into what UBI is, what drives its popularity, common objections to it, and how it works. This video will be available for online viewing now through Monday, May 31. The notion of a universal basic income -- unconditional cash grants provided to all citizens, regardless of income or work ability -- has in recent years captivated academics, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and ordinary citizens. This lecture will explore what UBI is and what drives its popularity, as well as common objections to and misconceptions about it. Miranda Perry Fleischer is Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law, where she teaches and writes about Law and Society.



Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following position is open on the Cultural Arts Commission (one vacancy). Applications are being accepted for this position. Responsibilities of each commission/committee, 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.




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Posted on 05/29/2020
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