City Council Preview: Golf Course Recycled Water and New Concessionaire

Here’s a sampling of what the Coronado City Council will be discussing at its meeting on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

Recycled Water Maintenance Facility: Appropriation of an additional $100,000 for initial research and design criteria for the project slated for the Municipal Golf Course. Thus far the city has appropriated $350,000 from the capital projects fund. Specific tasks include a review of a 2011 feasibility study, public workshops and outreach, permitting and environmental review. This phase of the development is expected to be completed by July 2018. The staff anticipates hiring a contractor in October 2018 to build the facility and for the facility to be operational by late 2019.

New Concessionaire for the Coronado Golf Course restaurant: Issue an RFP to find a new team to run the clubhouse restaurant. The Coronado Foursome’s contract ends in August 2018. The group has operated the eatery since 1998. The city informed the Foursome in June that the city would not entertain extending the group’s current contract.

Special Event Requests: Review special event requests the city has received for 2018. These include the Fourth of July celebration, Concerts in the Park, Holiday Open House and Parade, Bike the Bay, Super Seal Triathlon and Art Walk. Besides these traditional and long standing activities, the city received two additional requests this year:

  • Padres Pedal the Cause has requested permission to hold a second bike the bridge event. The organization will sponsor its first ride on Saturday, November 11. They expect some 2,500 cyclists to participate. The ride benefits four cancer research centers: UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, the Salk Institute and Rady Children’s Hospital.
  • “92118 Day” on Friday September 21, 2018. The “once in 100 years” Coronado-centric event would take place on Ocean Boulevard between Flora and Isabella. Activities would include food vendors, live music, a beer garden and beach sporting events. The event was proposed by Steve Johnson, who publishes The Coronado Times. Besides asking permission to hold the event, Johnson has asked the city to underwrite the event. Some costs could be recouped by vendors at the event and sponsors. If the council approves the idea, funding will be discussed at a subsequent meeting.

Additional Items of Interest

  • Recreational Marijuana Ordinance: Second reading of an ordinance unanimously approved on October 3. It bans all commercial marijuana activities, including cultivation, processing, dispensing and delivery.
  • Mayor’s Expense Account: Second reading of an ordinance raising the mayor’s monthly expense allowance to $225, a $75 increase. The vote was  4-1 with Mayor Richard Bailey voting no.
  • A request to convert five residential units to condominiums at 1014 Fifth Street. The houses are located in a multifamily zone governed by the Orange Avenue Specific Plan.

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