City Manager’s Weekly Update – July 14, 2017

  • Hazardous surf advisory issued through July 15 by National Weather Service for strong rip currents
  • Giant pool inflatables for party packages are now available for rental through the City’s Aquatics Center. A larger one for Glorietta Bay is coming.
  • Coronado Golf Pro Brian Smock qualified for PGA Championship to be held in North Carolina in August
  • “Tea Garden – 1904” public art unveiled at Spreckels Center and Francette Roeder and Bill Hiscock were honored for their vision and volunteerism
  • Rebuilt Spreckels Park Restroom dedication ceremony set for July 20 at 3pm
  • Interviews are being conducted for the Fire Chief position for when Chief Mike Blood retires in October
  • Spreckels Park areas of grass are being replaced in damaged and heavy use areas
  • Naval Base Coronado supporting Big Logistics Over-the-Shore West exercises on the Silver Strand through July 24

Each week, the City Manager’s Office provides an update that includes information on programs, services and issues within the City, as well as news, project updates and follow-up information when necessary.

Get up to speed on what’s going on in Coronado with this video preview of the latest edition of the Coronado City Manager’s Weekly Update, as well as a sampling of the updates below. Read the full update on the City’s website.


  • Inflatable Fun for Parties:  The Aquatics Center now offers giant pool inflatables for rent. The City rolled out party packages in recent weeks as a test to see how they were received. They have been a success. A smaller inflatable goes into the Recreational Pool and is best for ages 3-8. A larger pool inflatable with a challenging obstacle course and slide for either pool is recommended for ages 8 and up. The party packages range from $130 for small personal inflatables and games to $425 for two hours of inflatable fun, pizza, drinks and party decorations. An even larger inflatable, a plan for which is being developed, can be used only in Glorietta Bay. It is recommended for ages 8 and up. It has hurdles to test strength and peg features to test balance. Stay tuned for details that will be released soon. There is an application that must be filled out and rules that must be followed for rental. A preset number of lifeguards come with the package. However, if your groups are larger than the package outlines, additional lifeguards may be hired. All children will be swim-tested. If they do not pass, they must wear a lifejacket. If you are interested in the inflatables, call (619) 522-2464.

Inflatable Group

  • Spreckels Park Sod Improvements:  The Parks Division will address the distressed sod in the center/east of Spreckels Park on Tuesday, July 18, by placing 2,000 square feet of sod in the most damaged areas. Look for these areas to be cordoned-off starting Tuesday. They will be reopened for public use on Sunday, July 23, prior to the Concert in the Park set-up. The area has particularly heavy usage. In addition to Concert in the Park crowds, local summer camps and athletic activities are held in the area.

Sod Work

  • Fire Chief Interviews:  Interviews for the Fire Chief position are being held today, July 14. Fire Chief Mike Blood has announced his retirement effective October 2. Nine candidates from the state of California have been invited to interview from a pool of 48 qualified applicants. Candidates will be tested by three different oral interview panels, after which the field will be reduced to no more than three final candidates. Background checks will be conducted on the final candidates. The announcement of a new Fire Chief is expected as early as late August. The Fire Department provides all hazard emergency response from two fire stations, emergency and disaster preparedness, and includes the Beach Lifeguard Division. The annual budget is $8.2 million with 40.5 full-time positions supplemented by part-time seasonal personnel.   
  • Spreckels Park Restroom and Public Art Dedication: The community is invited to the dedication ceremony for the rebuilt Spreckels Park Restroom and for the new public art mosaics by artist Kirstin Green on Thursday, July 20. The event begins at 3 p.m. on Sixth Street between Orange and C avenues. To RSVP, go to or call (619) 522-2633.

For the complete City Manager’s Weekly Update, visit the city’s website.



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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.”Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: