City Manager’s Weekly Update – July 20, 2018

  • Citizen survey on satisfaction of city’s performance and livability
  • Skate park open to scooter use
  • Public art piano bench at Rotary Plaza was vandalized and destroyed – call 619-522-7350 if you have any info
  • Ordinance to regulate electronic smoking devices
  • Cora-Mart building does not meet criteria to be designated as a historic resource
  • Moving forward with evaluation of beach accessibility mats
  • Telephone scam targeting grandparents telling them their grandchild is in jail
  • Firefighters Annual Spaghetti Dinner Sunday, July 22, 4-7pm
  • Transbay pump station project update
  • New AT&T cell pole to be installed near fire station on August 20
  • New Verizon cell tower to be installed near golf course and will be disguised as a tree
  • Lt. Frank Greene Memorial Golf Tournament Sept. 28
  • Golf course score cards have been edited and temporary cards are being used until new ones are printed

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.

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Public Art Piano Bench Destroyed: The public art piano bench at Coronado Rotary Plaza was vandalized and destroyed on Monday, July 16, sometime between 4 and 8:30 p.m. The piano was locked and covered until the new bench arrived. The Cultural Arts Commission organized the “Sit a Spell and Play a Tune” public art piano program and is paying for a replacement bench. Coronado is generally a very safe place and this is the first time one of the piano program’s property was damaged. The City asks anyone with any information about this incident to call the Coronado Police Department. A police report was filed. The program debuted in May of 2017 at the Coronado Rotary Plaza site. Subsequently, the City Council approved two more pianos for 2018. They are at Adella Plaza at the intersection of Adella and Orange avenues and at the Coronado Ferry Landing. The pianos are locked daily.

Public Art Piano images

Electronic Smoking: The City Council adopted an ordinance at its meeting Tuesday, July 17, to regulate the use of electronic smoking devices in Coronado. In 2014, the City adopted regulations prohibiting outdoor smoking on all outdoor public property, excluding the Golf Course, but the prohibition did not include e-cigarettes. The battery-powered products deliver flavored nicotine. The long-term health effects of the devices are unknown. However, several studies have shown significant health concerns related to using the devices to inhale nicotine, also known as vaping. The ordinance will become effective August 16. New signs will be installed informing the public of the updated City law.

New Cell Pole at Fire HQ:  A new modernized AT&T pole will be replacing the existing pole at the Coronado Fire Department headquarters on Sixth Street, between D and Orange Avenues. The work is set to be completed August 20. The work will upgrade the structural integrity of the pole support to meet building code requirements and will eliminate the nuisance buzzing currently caused by the existing pole. The new pole also will support the Fire Department’s latest, critical communication equipment. Below left is a rendering of what the new pole will look like and the image below right is what exists.

Fire HQ Cell Tower

Golf Receive New Cell Tower:  A Verizon cell tower is being installed near the Golf Course maintenance shop. It will be disguised as a tree.

Historic Resource Commission: At its meeting on Wednesday, July 18, the Historic Resource Commission determined that both 918 Pomona Ave. and 844 Orange Ave., the former A&P Food Store/Cora-Mart building, do not meet the criteria to be designated as Historic Resources.

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: manager@coronadotimes.com