City of Coronado
Friday August 14, 2020
Top News
Mask Up! Coronado

The City launched its “Mask Up! Coronado” campaign last month to educate visitors, residents and businesses about the importance of wearing a mask in public. The City held several mask giveaways earlier this month and more free mask giveaways are planned. Local businesses have been offered Mask Up! Coronado window clings to support the City’s message to spread kindness not COVID-19. Finally, Coronado encourages everyone to maintain situational awareness and be courteous. The City wants the community to be safe and to continue to take precautions especially when outdoors.

Public health officials promote masks as the best way to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The California Department of Public Health issued guidance last week that cautions that asymptomatic people can still spread the disease. Wearing face coverings is urged because along with social distancing they limit the release of infected droplets when talking, coughing and sneezing.
Grand Caribe
Shoreline Park Closed

The Port of San Diego has closed Grand Caribe Shoreline Park due to the difficulty in enforcing state and county health orders. The Port has posted the entire area with signage that directs the public to not enter the park effective Thursday, Aug. 6, including the parking area directly adjacent to the park. The Port closed the park in late March to help minimize the spread of and exposure to COVID-19 and reopened it in May. The Port is re-closing the park to further discourage non-essential gatherings of any size. The Port, San Diego Harbor Police and the Coronado Police Department will work to educate the public about the closure. The Port’s other parks and facilities in Coronado, the Landing Park and beach and Tidelands Park will remain open.
Commercial Permits for
Outdoor Fitness

Commercial permits for COVID-19-impacted fitness and gym facilities with Coronado brick and mortar locations are now actively using public spaces. City residents will notice these businesses operating at Spreckels Park, Bradley Field, Central Beach, and North Beach, from 7 a.m. to noon in 1.5-hour slots. There are currently four local businesses holding classes in the parks and at the beach. Originally, five businesses applied for, and were issued, extended permits with one relinquishing its spot. All the available bookings at Spreckels Park are taken and one is filled at North Beach.
City Offers Restaurants
Outdoor Seating Options

As of Friday, August 14, the City has worked with 21 local restaurants to offer outdoor seating.

Effective Tuesday, July 7, restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, and movie theaters, among other businesses, were ordered to close if they operated indoors per the latest San Diego County public health order.

In May, the City agreed to waive Coronado’s parking code requirements to allow local restaurants to temporarily serve dining patrons outdoors due to limits on dine-in services. With the new prohibition on indoor dining, the City is going business to business to help approve temporary outdoor seating.

Restaurants must not exceed their previously approved seating occupancy, pre-COVID, and may offer seating on a sidewalk, within an on-site outdoor space or in a privately-owned parking lot subject to certain conditions and limitations.
Public Comments in the time of COVID-19

The City has worked hard during the ongoing pandemic to make public participation in local government matters as simple as possible. Pursuant to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive orders, the City Council and staff may participate in public meetings via teleconference. In the interest of reducing the spread of COVID-19, no in-person public participation is currently allowed in Coronado. All meetings of the City Council and other boards, commissions and committees are broadcast live on Spectrum Channel 19 and AT&T Channel 99 on the day of the meeting and rebroadcast daily until the next meeting. The meetings can also be streamed live on the City's website. Public comments for all boards, commissions and committees can be made via each group’s page. To submit a public comment, visit the Public Comment page on the City’s website, then:

  1. Select the board, commission or committee you are looking for;
  2. Select the Agendas & Minutes link from the left hand column;
  3. Select Public Comment from the left hand column; and
  4. Scroll down to the actual form, fill it out and hit submit at the bottom.

Please submit your comment no later than 11:00 a.m. on the meeting day to allow for distribution and posting. All written comments will be posted on the City's website in lieu of being read aloud at the meeting. Please note that this form is defined as a public record under the California Public Records Act and is therefore subject to public disclosure upon request. Members of the public may request to provide live public comment via Zoom, however, requests must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. Please contact the City Clerk at (619) 522-7321 or for more information.
Library Programs

The Library Virtual Summer Discovery Challenge is in full swing through August 31. In addition to encouraging participants to engage with Library resources, the program also incorporates virtual engagements with the Coronado Historical Association, the Cultural Arts Commission’s Public Art Walking Tour and the Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge. Participants can earn prizes as they complete a game card listing the activities and resources they access. Prizes earned for each of the programs include gift cards to local businesses to support them. The game card can be printed at home via the button below or the library has printed out cards for those who would like to pick one up.
Coronado Celebrates 130th Birthday with
Virtual Community Challenge

More than 1300 people have signed up to participate in the Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge, a fitness triple crown to get people active during the pandemic while practicing social distancing; building community; and celebrating the City’s 130th anniversary.

The “Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge: Actively Celebrating 130 Years of Community” is an initiative by the City of Coronado. The challenge celebrates 130 years since Coronado’s incorporation as a city on Dec. 11, 1890.

The Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge runs for five months to December 11. The free challenge tracks progress online, and finishers receive a medal and certificate. Since the event is a fun but virtual challenge, participants are encouraged to post photos of their progress while out exercising in beautiful Coronado or any location by using #Coronado130.

Easy Day Sports, based in Coronado, is managing the registration, the website tracking workouts and T-shirt sales. For information on registration, email Easy Day at
New Recreation COVID-19-related Waiver Required

Recreation Services has a new waiver with language that addresses COVID-19-related matters at all facilities and activities that must be signed. It is available to be completed, signed and submitted digitally via the registration program, PerfectMind.

Participants or their parent/guardian must complete this waiver before the first day of a camp or activity. All patrons of any Recreation facilities, camps, and programs must sign this waiver for the summer session even if they signed a waiver earlier in the year.
Recreation Reservation
Contact Information

Recreation and Golf Services is currently taking reservations for limited use of certain facilities. Here is a reference list of who to call for booking.

  • Aquatics Center Competition Pool Lap Swim – Call (619) 522-7342
  • Club Room and Boathouse – Call (619) 522-2655
  • Coronado Tennis Center – Call (619) 522-2650
  • Coronado Skatepark – Call (619) 708-8341
  • Coronado Golf Course – Call (619) 522-6590
Osher Lecture of the Week

This week's lecture is Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo and the History of Mexico Part II. The second of two lectures on those two artists and is within a larger series called “The Life and Art of Great Artists”. This video will be available for viewing through Sunday, August 16.  

This lecture explores Frida Kahlo’s complex and extraordinary life and her art that comprises her painful pictorial biography. It includes the multi-faceted and intriguing relationship between Frida and Diego Rivera in perspective of the history of Mexico in the 20th century.

Presenter Guri Stark was born in Israel and moved to the United States 32 years ago. He earned a degree in engineering from the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) in Haifa and had a career as an executive in the high technology industry in positions ranging from marketing to chief executive officer. He has been delivering art history lectures for over twenty years, most recently at the Jewish Community Center, where he was recommended as an Osher speaker. Guri describes himself as an artist and musician (jazz harmonica) trapped in an engineer’s body. He has been painting in watercolors for over 35 years and has participated in shows and exhibitions in San Francisco, Denver, Los Angeles, and San Diego. 

This lecture is brought to you through the John D. Spreckels Center’s continued partnership with UC San Diego’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).
Cultivating Mental Wellness

Whether you are going through a tough season or looking for proactive tools to navigate life, Coronado SAFE provides a safe harbor
and resources uniquely to Coronado. Contact SAFE today to schedule a mental health screening, register for a parenting or youth workshop or simply to receive resources that support families during these ever-changing times. 

(619) 478-4066
Blood Drive in Coronado

The City of Coronado continues to partner with the American Red Cross to host blood drives in the Coronado Community Center.

The Red Cross currently has an urgent need for blood. To date the city has hosted four successful drives. The Tuesday, August 25 blood drive is full but there are appointments available for the September 30 drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Nautilus Room. Donations are by appointment only through the Red Cross website.

At each event, the Red Cross staff follow the highest standards of safety and infection control and have implemented additional precautions in light of COVID-19. Since the onset of the pandemic Coronado has sponsored three blood drives with the American Red Cross. In total, 171 units have been collected from 177 donors (98 first time donors), which can go on to save up to 513 lives.

For a limited time, the American Red Cross will test all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional health service to donors.
COVID-19 Information

The City is working diligently to provide the latest news and information on the coronavirus pandemic. The City issues a newsletter on an as-needed basis with news, resources, features and information on how Coronado is working to help stop the spread of the virus. To subscribe to the COVID-19 Update, click on this link to see a copy of the newsletter than click subscribe and provide your email address. News may also be found on the City’s website: You can follow the City on social media and check the City of Coronado COVID-19 page.
COVID-19 Health Resources and Links