City Manager’s Weekly Update – Dec. 7, 2018

  • Coronado’s holiday season begins today, Dec. 7 with Snow Mountain, Santa’s arrival on the 3:20 Ferry, the parade and lighting of tree and menorah at Rotary Plaza and more
  • A storm hit both last week and last night and widespread flooding and damage occurred
  • Design Review Commission approved four commercial projects including: Logos Youth Center at 10th and C, Shops at Coronado, Hotel Del remodel to 1500 Ocean Restaurant and South Entry restoration
  • Coramart building got a public art mural makeover to hide the blighted entry
  • Parking is free in business district for up to two hours in most locations through January 1
  • Ride the Lights bike event is Sunday, 12/16, meet at Spreckels Park at 4:45pm, decorate your bike
  • Three unattended vessels washed ashore over the weekend and were removed by public services
  • Residents around Sunset Park, Tidelands Park, Coronado Cays Park, the Coronado Middle School and Strand Elementary will see high use of the park fields and extra traffic for an annual soccer tournament weekends of Dec. 8 & 9 and Dec. 15 & 16
  • Coronado Police Department spent Saturday, December 1, with deserving kids for the annual Shop With A Cop event 
  • Spreckels Park high-risk tree removal will take place the week of Dec. 17
  • During the bike theft arrest of remotely monitored bike, officers found a second stolen bike and packages taken from homes
  • CPD supports Girl Scout Daisy Troop 6561’s food drive and is accepting donations of non-perishable food at the police department until January 1
  • The Registrar’s Office has released the official results of the November 6 General Election and the City will hold its reorganization meeting with newly elected officials at the December 18 meeting
  • A new electric lawn bowling green sweeper was purchased

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.


Storm Damage: The City is actively assessing damage from the powerful storm on Thursday, December 6, which dropped a large amount of rain in a relatively short period of time. This came after last week’s storm and during a high tide event and rush hour, which combined to cause trafficimpacts, widespread flooding and damage all over town. The City activated its Emergency Operations Center at just after 7 p.m. manned by public safety personnel at the Police Department as a base of operations as reports of flooding and damage came in. The center was operating until almost midnight. Streets closed or affected due to flooding included: First Street between A and B avenues; Five Points at Pomona Avenue, Tenth Street and Glorietta Boulevard near the Tennis Center; some sections of Orange Avenue were closed to cross traffic and some lanes in both directions were closed; Fourth Street and Alameda Boulevard where sand bags are normally stocked; the water was waist-deep at the intersection of Balboa Avenue and Eighth Street, along with other blocks on Balboa, and equally as high at Coronado Avenue and Eighth and other blocks; and the northbound lanes of state Route 75 near the Coronado Cays, as well as the Coronado Cays Boulevard exit, experienced some extensive flooding. The John D. Spreckels Center and the Community Center were closed due to leaks and flooding that affected common areas. Large ruts in the sand, due to runoff from rain, are being graded at Glorietta Bay Park beach. There also were scattered power outages affecting more than 1,000 customers. SDG&E is replacing a transformer that failed, at First Street, which services the Coronado Ferry Landing.  The Golf Course is closed due to flooding. The Pro Shop and Golf Course Restaurant are open. The City is working to clean up mud and debris from flooded areas and is certain that all planned holiday events, including Snow Mountain at the Coronado Ferry Landing off First Street and the Holiday Parade down Orange Avenue, are scheduled to be held today and tonight as planned. No rain is currently in the forecast. A local emergency has been declared in Coronado. The declaration, which has been posted publicly, is intended to facilitate the recovery of costs if funds are made available, and to cover actions related to the suspension of the Municipal Code in response to the emergency.

Holiday Events:  Coronado begins the City’s holiday events season Friday, December 7, with the annual lighting of the civic holiday tree and menorah at Coronado Rotary Plaza in conjunction with the annual Coronado Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade and Open House.

  • The fun begins at 2 p.m. with Coronado’s annual Snow Mountain at the Ferry Landing, 1201 First St. Snow Mountain activities are provided free thanks to funding from the Port of San Diego Tidelands Activation Program and the support of the Coronado Ferry Landing and Coronado Chamber of Commerce.
  • Santa and his elves will arrive via ferry at 3:20 p.m.
  • The Coronado Rotary Plaza public art piano will host a holiday music sing-along under the Christmas Tree at Rotary Park. The concert will begin at 5 p.m.
  • The downtown shopping Open House begins at 5:30 p.m.
  • The parade begins at 6 p.m.
  • The Tree/Menorah Lighting is at 7 p.m.
  • The Coronado Community Band Concert begins at 7:15 p.m.
  • All events are free.

Design Review:  On Wednesday, November 28, the Design Review Commission approved four commercial projects and three residential projects including:

  • The design of the Logos Youth Center at the corner of Tenth Street and C Avenue was approved. The project includes one level of underground parking, a middle school and high school room, as well as a half-court indoor basketball court. The project will need to go before the Planning Commission as well as the City Council for approval of a use permit and parking plan.

Read full City Manager’s Update for other approved projects.

CoraMart Public Art:  If you haven’t seen the old CoraMart building this week, check it out. The façade of the former CoraMart on Orange Avenue next to Vons got a public art makeover that will temporarily hide the faded entryway. The temporary public art mural featuring a Volkswagen bus and the colorful words “Coronado” is the result of a public-private partnership between the City and the property owners. The Coronado surf-themed mural was installed this week. The design uses a photograph by local photographer and gallery owner Dan McGeorge and the graphic talents of local graphic designer Jody Esquer. The City thanks the property owners for working with the Cultural Arts Commission on the project.

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: