New Bicycle Fines Proposed

The Coronado City Council will meet at 4:00 pm on May 16, 2017 at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.

At the upcoming meeting on May 16, the Coronado City Council will vote on a staff proposal to reduce bicycle fines for vehicle code and city ordinance infractions. The amounts being recommended are $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second and $250 for the third within a 12 month period. In the past few years, according to the staff report, there has been a trend toward reducing fines for bicyclists. The report pointed to the City of Davis decision to reduce bicycle fines in 2013. Since then Davis has seen an increase in citations issued and a 14% reduction in bicycle accidents.

Other council actions slated for Tuesday include:

Spending and additional $280,000 on the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green. Unanticipated construction and administrative costs, and the purchase of public art and furniture pushed the project over budget.

Ask CalTrans to configure bridge lanes on weekends the same way they are during the week – three inbound in the morning and three outbound in the afternoon. In his letter requesting the change, Mayor Richard Bailey pointed out that reconfiguring the lanes would have a “significant effect on reducing the back-up [of traffic] out of Coronado on weekend afternoons.”

Reauthorize the taxes assessed on the city’s four major hotels (Hotel del Coronado, Glorietta Bay Inn, Coronado Island Marriott Resort and Spa, and Loews Coronado Bay Resort). The one-half percent tax goes to the Coronado Tourism Improvement District “to enrich our community by positioning Coronado, and its resorts, as a premier meeting destination.” The tax is expected to raise over $1.4 million for the CTID. The city council has already said that it would reauthorize the assessment. The public hearing on Tuesday is to allow protest from the hotels being taxed and comments from the community.

Support the San Diego Port District plan to designate portions of Grand Caribe Isle as recreation/open space. The proposal has the support of the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association. Grand Caribe Isle is held in trust by the port district. At present there is some parkland, light commercial activity, boat yard storage and the Cays Yacht Club. Cays residents have long supported creating more open space there, according to the staff report.

Approve alternations to an historic home at 1127 F Ave. The house is the work of Richard Requa, a revered Southern California architect. Plans call for a number of changes, such as adding a small breakfast room and an open terrace, and the conversion of the covered loggia at the rear of the house to an enclosed space. The remodel will also include replacing non-historic roof tiles and windows with period appropriate ones. Landscaping plans include a pool, spa, covered terrace and BBQ area. The request was unanimously approved by the city’s Historic Resource Commission.

Remove two metered parking spaces on Isabella Avenue. This will allow for a driveway and off-street parking for a new residential building at 1021 Isabella now under construction. The two-unit structure will replace an optometrist office.

The meeting begins at 4:00 pm in city council chambers at 1825 Strand Way.

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