City of Coronado

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Top News
Coronado’s Lifeline Business Loan Program Update

As of today, May 5, the City has processed 68 applications for the Coronado Lifeline Business Loan Program and paid loans to eligible Tier 1 businesses totaling $985,000.

The City Council approved the Lifeline Business Loan Program on April 21, and implementation progressed rapidly. Council members wanted to help local businesses as soon as possible who have been forced to close or vastly reduced their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Within a week, City staff developed application forms and loan agreements, and began issuing checks May 1.

On Tuesday, May 5, the Council approved opening up the loan program to Tier 2 businesses on May 18, a week earlier than planned.

The Coronado Chamber of Commerce is serving as the portal to issue and receive loan applications. Contact Sue Gillingham at   or (619) 435-9260.

The City reserved $2 million in General Funds for the loans and entered into an agreement with CalPrivate Bank to facilitate the process by which loans can be made quickly to qualified businesses.
So far, the majority of businesses are retail in nature, followed by restaurants and a small number of hotels/motels, among other categories.

The City set up a process that would be efficient and quick and ensure that all applications met all the program’s requirements. Local businesses have been good partners during this public health emergency.

State Beach Reopens, Parking Still Closed

Silver Strand State Beach officially reopened on Tuesday, May 5, according to local state beach officials.

A few of San Diego County's state beaches reopened earlier this week with restrictions, including Carlsbad, South Carlsbad and Torrey Pines, per the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

A sign posted near the beach states the hours will be from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will be open to walking, running, swimming, surfing, paddling and kayaking but not for sun bathing, picnics, group gatherings, loitering, restrooms or surf fishing. Social distancing and face coverings are required.

As parking lots are still closed per state requirements, the City will place no-parking signs along Coronado Cays Boulevard near the entrance to the Cays to discourage people from driving to the state beach. Access should be open to those who live in the area.

The City reopened its beach and ocean waters in a similar manner on Monday, April 27.
L ibrary to Resume Curbside Pickup

Running out of things to read and waiting to check out more Coronado Public Library books? The Library will reopen its street-side book drops for returns this week.

On Monday, May 11, the Library will again be offering telephone and curbside pickup services Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Library customers will be able to search the catalog and place holds 24/7 online, or by phone Monday through Friday. Staff will notify you when your hold has been pulled, sanitized and is ready for contact-less pickup. Pull up in front of the library during service hours and call the library to let us know you are there and staff will deliver your items to your car.

Here is how it works:
1.       Visit the Library’s catalog at and place a hold on books you would like to read, audiobooks you would like to listen to or movies you would like to view.
2.      When your hold is available, the Library will call you.
3.      Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., you can pull your car up in front of Library, 640 Orange Ave., and call the Library at (619) 522-7390.
4.      Staff will look you up in our system and verify your identity.
5.      Once your identity is confirmed, staff will checkout your selections and roll them out to your car.
'Virtual' Recreation, Resources

The City of Coronado Recreation and Golf Services has created a Virtual Recreation and Resource Center. Check out NEW virtual programming as well as some of their favorite resources for programming.

Visit the Play page for tons of activities for fun, keeping fit and staying entertained. All the things that get out the stay at home wiggles for people of all ages.

Visit the Create page for crafting ideas, ways to be artistic, projects to complete and more! These items will help to keep your hands busy and your mind sharp.

Visit the Explore page to virtually visit far off destinations like our national parks and to access some Armchair Travel presentations.

Use the hashtag #putsomeplayinyourday and share how you are staying safe and healthy during the shelter in place order. 
Mother’s Day Card Drive

Coronado school children are asked to create a homemade Mother’s Day card for local mothers and grandmothers who may not be able to see their children or grandchildren this holiday.

In celebration of Mother’s Day, the Coronado Recreation Department is asking that the cards will be delivered or mailed before the holiday to someone who lives alone or lives or works in a local nursing home, assisted living facility or hospital.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10, so Recreation staff will need cards right away. When making the card, be creative, thoughtful and write from the heart. Think of it as a simple way to make a big difference in someone’s life. Get your friends and neighbors involved.

Place your handmade card in an unsealed envelope in a larger mailing envelope before sending.

Contact the Coronado Call Center at (619) 522-6380 if you have any questions.
Neighbor to Neighbor

The Neighbor to Neighbor, or N2N, program is a venture created through a partnership of local volunteers and your neighbors along with the support of the City to help people look out for one another.The program is run by local volunteers and services four areas in Coronado -- the Cays, the Shores, the Village and Navy Housing. Each area has a different approach in organizing. If you are interested in helping or if you need help, call the Cays organizer Dawn Richards at (301) 535-5832 or email her at The Cays has organized by villages. Amy Steward is the contact for the Village and can be reached at or call her at (619) 972-5509. Residents of the Coronado Shores are encouraged to contact building managers for information and assistance. Shores resident Kathleen Hanlon is also attending the N2N weekly leadership briefings and can be reached at Residents in Navy Housing may contact Eve Depree at
American Red Cross Blood Drive

Coronado residents are stepping up and saving lives. A third blood drive is scheduled at the Coronado Community Center on Wednesday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In partnership with the American Red Cross, Coronado has scheduled and filled all the appointments for blood drives in April and May. Appointments for the June event are available at the link below. All donors are screened prior to entering the facility and COVID-19 protocols are in place to keep donors safe.
PAWS Needs Foster Volunteers
PAWS Helping Paws is a program that PAWS of Coronado is providing to support local pet owners during the COVID-19 outbreak in the event that they become too ill to care for their animals. If you are not well enough to care for your pet, PAWS is available to provide temporary housing and coordinate foster families as needed to make sure your pets are cared until you are able to do so yourself. Please refer to the program application and checklist for more information or contact us at 619-522-7371 or


Safe at Home but Not Alone
The Safe at Home But Not Alone program was created to let the community know that just because we cannot physically gather does not mean we cannot connect, be enriched and get fit at the same time. Recent additions to the Coronado TV line-up include various yoga sessions, including strength and flexibility, restorative and chair yoga, as well as Tai Chi. The videos are led by local instructors who offer the classes through Recreation Services and the John D. Spreckels Center or at local studios. Also, a new series on Brain Health is screening twice daily courtesy of Sharp Hospital.

The City also produces arts programming in partnership with the Library and Cultural Arts Commission. Be sure to watch Coronado TV on Spectrum 19 or AT&T 99. You can also watch online. New content is being created every week. Tune in to see Library Storyhour and Cultural Arts videos. The City is engaging staff, local creatives and teachers to provide programming that otherwise would not be available to our citizens during this time.
Coronado Call Center
Stay Safe, Shop Local
The Coronado Chamber of Commerce and Coronado MainStreet have pages dedicated to local restaurants and businesses, those that are open, their hours, addresses and websites. Check it out if you need a meal or want to know the hours of gas stations, pharmacies and grocery stores. As things are changing hourly, call in advance to be sure a business is open. Thanks to the Chamber and MainStreet for this service.
Small Business Resource Guide
The Coronado Chamber of Commerce has created a guide that offers invaluable information on financial resources available to local Coronado businesses. For small businesses who are trying to navigate during a pandemic, it begins with an "Overview of Available Aid" answering your most pressing questions, then looks at "Federal Programs" including the Paycheck Protection Program, Small Business Debt Relief Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans. You will also find a list of "State & Local Resources," details of "Upcoming Virtual Events and Additional Funding Opportunities." You may view the guide at the button to the right.
You Are Not Alone -- Help is Available
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can provide support for people in distress. Call (800) 273-8255 for help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices and building awareness.
Coronado SAFE

Due to the mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, SAFE's counseling services (teletherapy) now provides free brief wellness checks available to all community, particularly to those most vulnerable or at-risk of anxiety and depression. At the end of the check-in, appropriate resources and referrals will be made. SAFE can also help residents navigate other resources within the community and greater San Diego.
(619) 478-4066
Stay Informed
The City issues a newsletter – the COVID-19 Update – which contains the latest on the pandemic twice weekly to help residents stay informed with the latest information.

The City's dedicated Coronavirus Information webpage outlines the additional precautionary measures Coronado officials have taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The  page  can be found on the City's website and includes links to the San Diego County Public Health and Human Services Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, which contains information on how to keep safe. Click here to visit the web page.
COVID-19 Health Resources and Links