City of Coronado

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Top News
San Diego County Prohibits All Gatherings

San Diego County expanded its public health order on Wednesday, April 8, to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease, or COVID-19. The health order is in effect until further notice.

Gatherings of any size are now prohibited unless the group lives in the same household. Most recently, the health order prohibited gatherings of groups of 10 or more, with proper social distancing measures in place.

The revised order also expands the requirement for employees of certain businesses to wear face coverings to banks, public transportation and child care providers that serve food.
County officials said they decided to extend the gathering restrictions because people were getting together in parks, beaches and other open space when they should be going out for essential activities only.

The San Diego County public health officer has issued orders that direct certain closures, discourage gatherings of any size and direct social distancing requirements to prevent the disease from spreading.

The City of Coronado encourages everyone in the community to abide by the County’s directives and the governor's "stay at home" order.
Call Center Schedule Change

The City created the Coronado Call Center in March to help answer questions from the community and hear their concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Effective immediately, the City will no longer take live calls on weekends. This is due to the low number of calls the Call Center was receiving. The Call Center will accept messages on weekends and someone will return calls on Monday. If you have an actual emergency, call 911.

The City continues to encourage residents who have concerns about neighbors and family here, about City services or City business, or questions about school or other resources, to call (619) 522-6380 to talk to someone from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Prescription Drug Drop Box Closed

Due to COVID-19, the Coronado Police Department will not be accepting unwanted/unused prescription drugs at this time.

Please keep any unused prescription drugs locked up and away from children and pets.

As soon as it is possible, the Police Department will let the community know when the program will resume.
New Building, Planning Inspection Protocol

In light of COVID-19, the City's Community Development Department is encouraging the community, consultants and partners to conduct business with City Hall remotely. All City services are by appointment only. Those who require help from building or planning officials are being asked to make appointments by emailing or calling (619) 522-7326.

The following is the Essential Worker Precautions and Protocol now in force for Community Development:

1. Inspections will continue as needed, but inspections pertaining to life, safety and continued habitancy will be prioritized. Inspections beyond those categories may be subject to postponement. Any request will need to be resubmitted through the standard inspection request protocol.
2. Inspections in occupied homes and commercial job sites must be cleared of occupants with the exception of one chaperone (contractor or owner-builder) to accompany the inspector during inspection.
3. If anyone is observed by the inspector to be ill, the inspector has the ability to postpone the inspections until the ill person has left the area of the inspection.
4. Proper social distancing must be observed with inspectors, and if not, the inspector has the ability to postpone inspection until proper precautions are in place.
5. Masks shall be worn by the inspectors and anyone on the job site must also be wearing a protective mask who is to assist in the inspection or interact with the inspector. Failure to wear protective masks will result in postponement of the inspection.

The City thanks residents, builders, consultants and contractors for their cooperation.
Third, Fourth, I Avenue Storm Drain Project
The Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Storm Drain project will install a new 48-inch diameter storm drain pipe underneath I Avenue. It will collect rain water that causes flooding along Fourth Street and transport it to Bayview Park, where it will discharge into the San Diego Bay.

Construction is expected to begin the week of April 13, weather permitting. Initial work will focus on two areas:
  1. Within Bayview Park, including the removal of two Melaleuca trees and trenching operations;
  2. Trenching along I Avenue at First and/or Second streets.

This project is anticipated to take several months to complete. The work is expected to progress from First Street up to Fourth Street. Significant traffic control will be required. This will include temporary no-parking zones. Please be aware of traffic control in the area and be prepared for minor traffic delays.

The City is coordinating with the contractor to ensure appropriate sanitary plans and safety precautions are taken throughout construction to address COVID-19 related concerns. For additional information, contact the City’s project manager, Jim Newton, at or (619) 522-7313.

Coastal Campus Project Update

A milestone was reached Wednesday, April 8, when a valve was opened and effluent from the Coastal Campus began being pumped via the newly installed sewer main to the Coronado Cays Pump Station. 

The contractor on the Coastal Campus Sewer Main project began work to install the sewer line in December. The new line will transport sewage generated by the new base facilities. The work involved crossing state Route 75 near Old Fort Emory Road using the “jack and bore” tunneling method. To accommodate the required boring pits, the Bayshore Bikeway was temporarily detoured onto the existing shoulder of SR-75, protected from vehicle traffic with concrete K-rail.
The wastewater eventually flows into the San Diego Metro Wastewater system and is transported to the Point Loma wastewater treatment plant and processed. The contractor will now concentrate on clean-up and restoration. 

This type of construction is permitted under state and San Diego County guidelines and the contractor is complying with the COVID-19 protocols including face coverings.
MTS Announces Service Reductions

Starting Monday, April 13, MTS will start a modified weekday schedule, due to significant declines in ridership as a result of the coronavirus. About 70% of routes will see a frequency and/or span of service change, but no routes will be cut. At this time, only essential trips should be taken on MTS buses and trolleys (essential workers, groceries, medical, etc.) More info here .
Neighbor to Neighbor Reaching Out
Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) is a new voluntary program created through a partnership of local volunteers and your neighbors along with the support of the City of Coronado. N2N is built on neighbors looking out for one another. It's 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.

In the Village and the Cays if you have received a letter from a neighbor you are urged to fill out the information form and return it to your block captain. There is still a need for block captains in the Village. A map of current blocks needing captains was published in this week's Eagle Journal on page 26. Residents of the Coronado Shores are encouraged to contact building managers for information.

Click here to view a feature on this program that recently aired on Channel 10 News.

If you want to participate or need assistance, please contact the N2N program coordinator at or call the Coronado Call Center at (619) 522-6380.
May 12 Coronado Blood Drive
The City of Coronado is partnering with the American Red Cross for a second blood drive on May 12. The April Blood Drive in Coronado filled 90 appointments very quickly. Donors are urgently needed. This event is by appointment only. Click below for an appointment.
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 City began its Safe at Home but Not Alone community outreach to connect with the community through programming on Coronado TV and via social media. The City is broadcasting programs it offers at the Library, Spreckels Center and Community Center such as yoga, Library Story hour, Cultural Arts videos and Recreation dance programs for kids. In partnership with the Library, Recreation Department and Cultural Arts Commission, the City is creating new content daily.
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.
Many local restaurants are open for carry-out, curbside pick-up and/or delivery. In an ongoing effort to support our local businesses during this time Coronado MainStreet delivered bright green signs to identify those businesses who continue to offer carry-out options. Look for the signs and support Coronado restaurants by ordering meals but eating at home.
You Are Not Alone -- Help is Available
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.
Stay Informed
The City issues this newsletter – the COVID-19 Update – which contains the latest on the pandemic every weekday via Constant Contact. This is a great way to 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