All Aboard: Coronado, Flagship to Celebrate New Sixth Ferry Trip
The City of Coronado and Flagship Cruises & Events invite locals, military and the commuting public to come aboard Tuesday, October 1, to learn about free commuter ferry service and an additional, recently approved, new free round trip between Coronado and San Diego. This brings to six the number of free weekday peak-hour commuter round trips aboard Flagship.
The public can help mark the occasion both on the Coronado Ferry Landing Pier at a media event and on the ferry with doughnuts, coffee and fun giveaways, such as helmets, bikes, locks and transit passes. Morning commuters are encouraged to provide feedback on the new schedule that aims to better align with connections to other forms of transit in downtown San Diego and points north. As a reminder, bikes, as always, are free
“The City Council heard commuters loud and clear following a survey the City conducted in May and decided to fund a new sixth round trip,” said City Manager Blair King. “Ferry riders who took the survey said they wanted an additional trip and better connections between the ferry and other forms of transit.”
King said the City believes this low cost, reliable form of alternative transportation has been greatly improved now that morning commuters can link more easily with other forms of transit located within walking and biking distance from the ferry stop to downtown San Diego. For example, if Coronado residents need to be at work in Sorrento Valley by 8:30 a.m., they can catch the 6:30 or 7:10 a.m. ferry boats, walk or bike to the Santa Fe depot in 10 minutes and connect with the 7:39 a.m. North County Coaster train. Commuters to Coronado who start work at 7:30 a.m. now have two schedule options, the 6:10 or 6:50 a.m. boats, out of the Broadway terminal.
City of Coronado supports alternative transportation and encourages commuting by bicycle, transit, rideshare and, in the summer, by using a City-funded free shuttle service because it helps reduce Coronado’s carbon footprint. The City is working to complete a Climate Action Plan to outline how Coronado is already addressing ways to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, with efforts such as providing free commuter ferry service, and create a roadmap for future actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The fare-free commuter service is provided between Broadway Pier and Coronado in the morning and return trips in the afternoon to the Convention Center Pier. It operates during peak commute periods, except on holidays. The City and Flagship provide roughly 150,000 round trips annually. The last time the city added a new trip in 2014, ridership increased by 50 trips per day, or 6,000 trips per year. A similar result is expected in 2019.
Information provided via Press Release from City of Coronado – CORONADO, CA (September 20, 2019)
Contact: Janine Zúñiga
Coronado, CA (September 9, 2019)
Coronado First Responders 9/11 Tribute
Coronado Firefighters, Police, Lifeguards and local military personnel will gather at Fire Station 36 at 6:50 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11, for a brief 9/11 memorial ceremony.
Coronado’s first responders will mark the attacks on September 11, 2001, with an invocation, a moment of silence and a symbolic ringing of the station’s bell. This will be followed by comments from the Fire and Police chiefs, and Navy Base Coronado Executive Officer Capt. John DePree.
The ceremony provides an opportunity to reflect on the events of that day 18 years ago and to remember the loss of life that occurred. The City’s public safety officials especially remember all of the emergency responders and military personnel that lost their lives during their service to others.
The invocation by Chaplain Mickey Stonier will be followed by a moment of silence that begins at 6:56 a.m. and lasts three minutes to mark the time of the collapse of the World Trade Center South Tower. At 6:59 a.m., the bell at the station will ring three sets of five chimes each. Three fives is a common signal in fire service for a Line of Duty Death.
The community is invited to attend the short ceremony, which will conclude at approximately 7:15 a.m. with a performance on the bagpipes, at the Fire Station, 1001 Sixth St.
On Saturday, September 7, more than two dozen Coronado firefighters, police officers, spouses, friends and supporters participated as a team in the annual San Diego 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. They climbed 110 flights of stairs, the same number as in the twin towers, wearing the name of a fallen emergency responder whose life was lost on that day.
From the City of Coronado Weekly Update:
Labor Day Holiday: The City will observe the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 2. Some City facilities will be open with varying hours of operation. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on the holiday. EDCO will not perform regular residential trash collection on Labor Day. As a result, service will be delayed one day. Here is the Labor Day schedule:
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge this year, the City of Coronado updated commemorative medallions that were first produced in 1969. The medallions were updated to reflect the 50th anniversary and a limited number were produced. There are about 70 left. The medallions can be purchased while supplies last for $35 plus tax each. For more information, contact Kelly Purvis at firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 522-2633.
From the City of Coronado Weekly Update 8-31-19
Fall 2019 registration for City of Coronado’s Fall/Winter Recreation programs opens to Coronado Residents on August 28, available online only. For more information about classes, programs and registration: Coronado Recreation and Golf Services: City of Coronado Recreation Guide Fall Winter 2019 lores
In addition to an array of programs, Coronado Community Center has world-class facilities including:
- Aquatics center with a 50 meter competitive pool and a shallow recreational/instructional pool.
- Gymnasium with NCAA regulation sized basketball court for basketball, volleyball and badminton.
- An amazing indoor Climbing Wall which features a flat face wall, overhangs and chimney.
- A Fitness Center in which you can enjoy the view of Glorietta Bay as you work out.
- A Dance Studio featuring hardwood floors, ballet barres and floor-to-ceiling mirrors.
From the City of Coronado weekly newsletter:
Coronado Police Officer Bill Hughes named Officer of the Year
Officer of the Year: Last week, Coronado Police Officer Bill Hughes was recognized as the San Diego Scottish Rite Officer of the Year. This is a big honor. Hughes was nominated for the work he did on a case last summer after responding to Hotel del Coronado where security officers reported a person acting strangely. Hughes discovered a woman had changed rooms to get to a higher floor several times. Staff reported seeing a small arsenal of weapons in her room. Hughes found and detained the suspect and determined that she had an illegal assault rifle, two handguns and several loaded magazines. She was arrested. When the woman made bail and returned to pick up her personal possessions, Hughes determined that she might be a danger to herself and others and called for a psychiatric hold. The City also thanks officer Hughes for his diligent work on this case.