Coronado Trees Stand Test of Time
The trees that decorate the streets of Coronado
are an important part of the City’s history.
Only through the dedication and vision of early
Coronado pioneers, such as John D. Spreckels,
were trees determined to be an important
aspect of the community.
This dedication has been preserved through
generations and exists today through the
Heritage Tree Program adopted by the City
Council in September 2004.
“One of the main goals of the Heritage Tree
Program is to heighten public consciousness
of the benefits of trees,” said Director of
Public Services Scott Huth. “Clearly, the trees
in Coronado add tremendous warmth and
character to the City.”
The program was designed to identify,
maintain and protect significant trees
located in the City. The program’s goals
include establishing a process of designating
Heritage Trees on public or private property;
encouraging maintenance, care and protection
of the trees; informing and educating private
property owners about the potential Heritage
Trees they possess; and increasing public
awareness of the environmental benefits of
trees in general.
“By increasing awareness, we can help ensure
that Coronado’s tree heritage will be preserved
for future generations,” said Huth.
In April 2006, Coronado adopted its first
Heritage Tree, the African Tulip Tree. This
tree was planted by Mayor Tom Smisek to
commemorate Arbor Day 2006. In addition,
the Torrey Pine has been designated as the
official tree of Coronado. This species was one
of the first trees planted in the City. A native
species to Southern California, the Torrey Pine grows well in Coronado, as well as other parts
of San Diego County.
There are a series of criteria that a tree must
meet to be considered a nominee for the
Heritage Tree designation (see box). The
Street Tree Committee meets twice annually to
specifically consider each nomination.
For more information on the Heritage
Tree Program, contact the Public Services
Department at 619.522.7380 or visit the City’s
web site at www.coronado.ca.us.
Torrey Pine was planted in front
of the main Library entrance.
After being accepted as a nominee, the
tree must meet two of the three criteria
• Historical significance:
planted by a person noteworthy in Coronado’s
history, planted as a commemorative, tribute,
or memorial, etc.
significance: distinctive features, unusual
species for area, etc.
• Minimum diameter:
If the tree is a Southern California native
tree, the diameter must be a minimum of
eight inches, measured at four and a half
feet above ground, or if the tree is a
non- Southern California native tree, the
diameter must be at least 24 inches.
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Sidewalks, Alleys, Gates
and More in 2007
pro•ject [noun] - an
enhancement to City property
that increases its future service
potential for Coronado residents.
new marina building will be constructed
along Glorietta Bay.
The new Third Street Gate (see description inside) will
be built this year to improve access to NASNI.
City officials have finalized a plan for
numerous capital improvements this year.
While construction on some has already
begun, the City will continue to be busy
improving the community through the
summer. For a complete list of projects,
see the inside spread of this newsletter.
“The City works hard to be proactive to
the current and future needs of residents
through capital improvement projects,”
said Jim Benson, Assistant City Manager
and Director of Engineering, who oversees
the capital improvement project program.
“Every year City officials evaluate an
assortment of improvement projects
and agree upon a list that fits within the
City’s financial constraints and meets the
Selecting the Right Projects
Countless City projects fall under the
category of capital improvements.
Road maintenance, sidewalk and alley
improvements and underground
utility work are just a few examples
pursued annually by the
City. Most projects are
selected based on
the level of immediate need. However, City officials
also prioritize projects that will protect the
community from unforeseen problems in
“If a project is of a
significant size and
budget, we often
develop a phased
plan to be completed
over the course of
said Benson. “This
strategy allows the
City to make the best
use of its budget and
Glorietta Bay Marina
One example of a phased project that will
be completed this year is the Glorietta
Bay Marina, Marina Building and Yacht
Club Promenade Redevelopment Project.
Designed to improve pedestrian accessibility
to the bay, this project is the final phase
of the Glorietta Bay Master Plan, which
included the new City Hall and Community
Center completed in 2005.
The primary components of this project
portions of the
the deteriorated marina
rip rap and boat
creating an eelgrass restoration site; removing the
existing over-water marina support building
and replacing the reconstructed building
completely on the landside; constructing
an adjacent promenade/sidewalk and seat
wall; constructing a Bay Route bicycle path
extension from Tenth Street to San Luis Rey
Avenue; and realigning Strand Way while
reconfiguring an existing parking lot to a
shoreline pocket park and parking lot.
What to Expect
To accommodate project construction,
Strand Way (north of the Coronado
Boathouse 1887 restaurant extending to
the Coronado Yacht Club) will be closed
to vehicular traffic for approximately six
months. Vehicular and pedestrian access
to the entrance of the Coronado Yacht
Club and the Coronado Boathouse 1887
restaurant will be maintained at all times
during construction. The bike path will also
remain open to the general public.
The entire project is scheduled to be
completed by the Fourth of July. For more
information on this project, please contact
the Administrative Services Department at
new Third Street Gate (see description
inside) will be built this year to improve
access to NASNI.
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Infrastructure Investments Take Center Stage in 2007
Below is a partial list
of the capital improvement projects scheduled in the City this year. In addition,
the City is also planning a new lawn bowling green, downtown streetscape improvements,
a new Lifeguard Services building and rehabilitation of the Cays storm drain.
A new animal care facility, improvements to Coronado Rotary Plaza and a new Glorietta
Bay boathouse and clubroom are also under design. For more information, please
contact the City’s Engineering Department at (619) 522-7383.
The Central Beach Lifeguard Tower will have a fresh look this summer. After the existing tower was found to be
structurally deficient, the City developed plans to replace the tower with a more efficient and safe building.
The new tower will feature an expanded first aid room to better treat injuries and to meet health care requirements.
New restrooms will also be installed at North Beach. Both projects are slated to be completed by summer 2007.
|The old lifeguard tower was
demolished in December 2006.
|Construction on Naval Air Station, North Island’s Third Street Gate
Project (see graphic on previous page) is progressing. The new vehicle
entrance will be operational in spring 2007, with additional work continuing
through the summer. The new entrance will allow vehicles to enter the base
directly from Third Street. The primary base exit would be at Fourth Street
and Alameda Boulevard. The project will improve installation security and
vehicle flow, and reduce the queuing of vehicles on residential streets.
The new entrance will also include five vehicle entrance lanes, a truck
inspection facility, a Pass Office/Visitor Center and an inter-modal transportation
Participating in a picturesque game of
golf at the Coronado Golf Course is a hobby
that many residents enjoy. This year, City
officials are taking extra steps to ensure
the course is safe for players, while offering
a few new challenges. Holes 12, 13 and
17 are being revamped to help golfers focus
their play into the right areas of the
course. New bunkers will be added to Holes
12 and 13 and expanded at Hole 17 to provide
players with a better sense of depth perception.
All improvements should be completed by
|New bunkers are being added to
|Currently, all of Coronado relies on
a single sewer pipe that transports sewage
under San Diego Bay. By installing a new
line to replace the existing 35-year-old
line, the City will have added protection
against the possibility of a pipe failure
and sewage spill. The project will extend
underground from the Coronado Ferry Landing
to the San Diego Metropolitan Wastewater
Department collection system near Seaport
Village. Once the new pipe is in place,
the City will evaluate the condition of
the original pipe to determine if it can
be used as a backup pipe in an emergency.
Construction began in December and will
be completed in May 2007.
Improving City-owned land, such as sidewalks
and alleys, helps maintain a safe environment
for residents. An example is the rehabilitation
and resurfacing of Margarita Avenue. The
road pavement has been degraded by tree
root damage, as well as surface erosion,
weathering and block cracking. The rehabilitation
efforts will include reconstruction of
the failed pavement areas and gutter construction.
Selected alleys will also be repaired throughout
the City in conjunction with sewer main
|Tree roots on Margarita Avenue
have damaged the pavement.
|The City must first understand traffic
patterns on local streets before effective
improvements can be put in place. New permanent
traffic count stations are being installed
to allow officials to continuously collect
and monitor traffic volumes, speeds and
vehicle classifications. Scheduled to be
installed this summer, the first in the
series of new stations will be located
at Fourth Street and Alameda Boulevard
and at the new Third Street Gate to Naval
Air Station, North Island. The City is
also talking with Caltrans about updating
existing traffic count stations at the
foot of the bridge, on Strand Highway near
the Naval Amphibious Base and at Third
and Fourth Streets on Orange Avenue.
City and County Offer Tips for Vector Control
City officials strive to provide an ideal
village atmosphere for residents, but there
are still a few small nuisances such as rats
and mosquitoes (also known as vectors) that
affect this City, just like other communities.
“The City works through the County of
San Diego Vector Control Program to help
private property owners handle potential
vector problems,” said Scott Huth, Director
of Public Services.
If residents fear they have a problem with
vectors, they can contact the County and
request that a representative conduct
a walk-through inspection to assess
problems. The County inspector will give
residents advice on how to discourage pests
from making a home on their property.
The County can also provide a starter
control kit for managing pests.
County will provide a starter control
kit, pictured above, upon resident request.
The County offers three core suggestions for
protecting homes and businesses from rats.
The first is to make sure houses or businesses
are rodent proof. Rodents can get in
through small open spaces, like air vents and
under doors. By tightening up all gaps and
holes on the outside of properties, owners
can reduce their likelihood of being infested.
The second is to curb a rodent’s access to a
food supply. Property owners should keep
pet food and trash covered and quickly pick
up fallen or rotten fruit from yard trees.
Finally, remove dense vegetation, debris or
wood piles. This will disturb the habitat
As for mosquitoes, standing water is
the biggest contributor to this problem.
Residents are encouraged to sweep water
out of puddles on their property so it will
dry out. Problems can also arise from bird
baths, decorative ponds, the bases of potted
plants and drain areas. City officials suggest
that residents control irrigation runoff and
try not to over water plants.
The Public Services Department handles
all vector control for City facilities such
as parks, beaches, curbs and gutters. For
more information on how to protect
private properties or report a problem with
a City facility, contact the Public Services
Department at 619.522.7830. To schedule
a walk-through assessment on private
property, contact the County of San Diego
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