City Manager’s Weekly Update 9-21-18

  • Large pine tree fell in Spreckels Park on Wednesday, 9/19, no one was injured
  • Coronado announced participation in a program for transitioning military members and welcomes its first fellow
  • 92118 Day held on Friday, September 21, 2018
  • MTS Free Ride Day scheduled for Tuesday, October 2
  • 2019 Community Read selection of local author Laura McNeal’s “The Practice House” was announced at 92118 Day
  • FEMA’s nationwide test of national emergency alert system and wireless alerts to take place on Oct. 3
  • Police Dept hosted coffee with a cop on Tuesday, Sept 18
  • Street light repair in 400 and 500 blocks of Orange Ave is scheduled for September 27
  • Orange Ave street rehabilitation work scheduled to last about four weeks and begin on October 1
  • Hotel Del has begun construction of its Master Plan buildout and the timeline is proposed to conclude by the end of March 2022
  • Annual audit taking place for the city’s financial documents
  • Annual Turkey Coloring Contest begins October 2 for Coronado students K through 5th grade

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.

  • Hotel del Coronado Construction Timeline: The Hotel del Coronado has begun construction of its Master Plan buildout that will include a new underground parking structure in the north parking lot, 144 new guestrooms and a 20,000-square-foot conference center with underground parking in the south parking lot, and various other improvements throughout the property. Currently, both the north and south parking lots will see work in preparation for future construction, including relocating utilities, demolition of some unsightly buildings in the hotel’s industrial area adjacent to Orange Avenue, and restriping the south parking lot to accommodate more vehicles while the north lot is under construction. The property will also be re-roofed throughout the duration of construction as the existing shingles are worn. By the end of the year, construction on the north parking lot should commence and be completed by September 2019. At the end of 2019, the main guest entrance to the hotel will be shifted to the north side of the property and construction will begin on the south lot for the new guestrooms and conference center. All guests will enter the property from R.H. Dana Place during construction on what is currently the north parking lot. Remodeling of the cabana building, pool and sundeck, and various interior upgrades to the hotel will also begin at the end of 2019. At the beginning of 2020, reconstruction of Avenida del Sol will begin to raise the street end to address existing flooding issues, add angled parking on the hotel side of the street, create a new entry drive to the hotel property from Avenida del Sol, and a new traffic signal at Avenida del Sol and state Route 75/Orange Avenue. As the construction of the guestrooms and conference center winds down around the end of 2021 into the beginning of 2022, various Orange Avenue improvements will begin, including closing the median and providing sidewalk and landscape improvements. All construction is proposed to be completed by the end of March 2022.
  • Hotel del Coronado map
  • Large Tree Down at Spreckels Park: A large Italian stone pine tree in Spreckels Park between the gazebo and Orange Avenue fell without warning on Wednesday, September 19, at about 4:45 p.m. The City’s first responders were immediately on the scene. Fortunately, no one was injured. The tree’s root system failed. However. the specific reason behind the root failure is being investigated by a certified arborist and the City expects conclusive answers within two weeks. The trees in the City’s parks are regularly inspected by the City’s arborist; this tree was deemed healthy. The general age of the tree is a concern. City staff is in a constant state of balancing the preservation of its mature trees, which contribute greatly to the City’s urban forest, and the risk these older trees present to the public. As these trees age, they become weaker and more susceptible to disease and structural decline; both above and below the ground’s surface. In light of this tree’s failure, all large and mature trees in the City’s parks will be reevaluated.
  • Tree Down
  • Street Work: A plan to rehabilitate sections of Orange Avenue between Sixth Street and Adella Avenue will begin on Monday, October 1. The California Department of Transportation, which manages the state highway, has awarded the contract to a contractor who has done street work for the City. The work will take approximately four weeks to complete, and will be conducted in the evenings, Sunday through Thursday and Saturday mornings. The work was postponed until the end of the tourist season to ensure the work is completed before the beginning of the holiday season. Noise and normal construction activity impacts should be anticipated. Caltrans and the City will work to minimize any inconveniences.
  • Emergency Alerts: The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, has scheduled a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts on October 3. The first test is set for 11:18 a.m. and the second at 11:20 a.m. Each will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed. These emergency-notification systems are not the City’s primary means of mass emergency notification. The City uses San Diego County’s Alert San Diego, which provides the best way to reach the community quickly with information as to the specific emergency and what protective action is expected. It is one of many tools that will be used during a major emergency. Information also will be provided through local broadcast media, social media, messages on the City’s website, and in some cases neighborhood canvassing by police or fire personnel. Sign up your mobile phone to receive alerts at

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To see 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: