From the City of Coronado:
The City of Coronado is sponsoring the Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge. Consider signing up as part of a team to help your friends, co-workers and family members complete the Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge. More than 150 teams have signed up, including the City Manager’s Office. Together, we have completed 136 miles. It is easy to log your miles whatever they may be from, riding, running, walking. Coronado residents are encouraged to participate in the City’s fitness triple crown, which was created to get people active during the pandemic while practicing social distancing; build community; and celebrate the City’s 130th anniversary. Finishers will receive a medal. Easy Day Sports, based in Coronado, will manage the registration, the website tracking workouts and T-shirt sales. For information on registration, email Easy Day at email@example.com or click here for more details.
BBMAC Is OPEN
We are so fortunate in Coronado to have two pools to accommodate the large population of swimmers and water sports enthusiasts. The BBMAC – Brian Bent Memorial Aquatics Center is now open for lap swimming and water aerobics. Besides the big pool, the BBMAC is the only facility to open its small pool as well for aquatics activities.
Other activities (swim lessons, etc.) are happening at the pool so check the schedule for the times on different days. The swim hours are posted on their website, reservations required.
To reserve your space, please contact:
Carrie Fisher-Fernan, Aquatics Director
Phone: (619)972-6576 between 7:00am – 5:00pm
Coronado 4th of Coronado 2020 Cancelled! Still hard to believe Coronado isn’t going to have a true Coronado 4th of July celebration this year. For more information go the City of Coronado WEBSITE. Crowds are still expected in town, so be safe, practice social distancing and wear a mask when you do venture out. Have a nice weekend….
From the City Manager’s Weekly Newsletter…..
Fourth of July 2020: The City reminds the community that the traditional Fourth of July celebrations in Coronado have been canceled due to the pandemic. This does not mean, however, that Coronado will be empty. On the contrary, the City is preparing for the long holiday weekend and expected large crowds. Beaches and parks are open and parking restrictions have been lifted. Restaurants and hotels have reopened with restrictions. It is not business as usual but still visitors are expected. The Fourth of July falls on a Saturday but the holiday is observed on Friday, July 3. Many City facilities will be closed but some will be open with limited hours. There are some events being planned that the City is monitoring and certain City facilities will be open throughout the three-day weekend.
Fourth of July 2020 City of Coronado Schedule
Go to: City Manager’s Weekly Report
BIG NEWS from the City of Coronado. At the City Council meeting on June 16, 2020, Coronado City Council agreed to take over CALTRANS state routes 75 and 282, clearing the way for the city to dictate and control the traffic flow and closure of roads when needed or desired. Approving the state highway relinquishment is an amazing development!
Press Release – City of Coronado
State Highway Relinquishment: After a lengthy period of evaluation, the City Council agreed to accept the relinquishment of state Routes 75 and 282. The California Department of Transportation has for years requested that the City consider taking over SR 75 and 282. On Tuesday, June 16, the City accepted Caltrans’ offer of a $22 million one-time lump sum payment. The City will take the $22 million and an internal transfer of $9.3 million to form a new fund that will be used to provide the necessary ongoing maintenance of the highways in perpetuity. The move will allow Coronado to have more control in the operation of the roadways to better represent the interests of Coronado’s residents and business community. The agreement does not include the San Diego-Coronado Bridge complex but does include:
- SR 75 from Glorietta Boulevard near the toll plaza to Tulagi Road at the Naval Amphibious Base;
- SR 75 from Tulagi Road to the Coronado city limits at Imperial Beach; and
- SR 282 from Orange Avenue to, and including, the 300 block of Alameda Boulevard.
The relinquishment agreement may go into effect as early as January 2021. The California legislature and governor will need to approve a related bill and, in parallel, the California Transportation Commission will need to approve the relinquishment. Once formalized, the City would immediately take control of the roadways and treat them in the same manner as the City’s current inventory of more than 40 roadway miles.
Jacaranda trees across Coronado are blooming beautifully around town. Commonly know as the Jacaranda aka Jacaranda mimosifolia, these trees are a source of wonder during their blooming period. The lavender color of the flowers is unusual, especially brilliant under “June Gloom” skies.
Jacaranda trees grow well in USDA Zones 9-11. They prefer enriched sandy, well-drained soils but are tolerant of most soil types. This tree tolerates some shade, but prefers bright, sunny conditions for a more productive bloom. Once the tree is established, it is fairly drought-tolerant. Jacaranda trees are native to Central America, South America, Cuba, Hispaniola and the Bahamas. Although these trees can naturalize in more tropical environments (they are considered invasive in South Africa!), they are not prone to reproducing naturally in California due to the drier conditions. Jacarandas grow up to 50 feet and live as long as 150 years.
We have Kate Sessions to thank for these beautiful trees. She is credited with introducing them to San Diego.
The City of Coronado’s Approved Street Tree List has the jacaranda listed in the Restricted Use category which requires approval to plant. Well worth the extra effort! You might hear complaints about this tree being so messy but there is a trade-off. The trees canopy and carpet of purple flowers under the tree make this one is definitely worth the hassle of a sticky mess for a few weeks. The leaves fall of in early spring and return after the blooming cycle. The flowers have a very light scent.
There is something magical about a carpet of purple/lavender flowers freshly fallen. Cresting the bridge on the way back to the Crown City, the faint spots of purple color visible from blooming Jacaranda trees across Coronado is a special bonus.
Here are some info links:
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Botanic Garden
University of California Cooperative Extension