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Posted on: September 11, 2020

COVID-19 Updates

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COVID-19 UPDATES

Sept. 9: "Dine on the Deck" program begins Sept. 17

“Dine on the Deck," an initiative of the City of Del Mar and Del Mar Village Association, begins Sept. 17 for four straight Thursdays. Local residents are encourag...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: September 25, 2020

NCTD petition to Surface Transportation Board regarding Del Mar railroad

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On August 28, 2020, the North County Transit District (NCTD) filed a Petition for Declaratory Order with the Federal Surface Transportation Board (“STB”) in Washington, DC, naming the City of Del Mar and the California Coastal Commissi...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: September 25, 2020

Oct. 5: Council to review Housing Element Update

Cover page of Housing Element Update

The City Council on Oct. 5 is scheduled to consider a draft of the 6th Cycle Housing Element Update, which includes a program to amend the North Commercial zone to allow 20 dwelling units per acre.

That program is one of many within the 485-page Housing El...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: September 25, 2020

Reserve your table to Dine on the Deck

Residents dine on the deck of the Del Mar Civic Center plaza

Dine early and dine al fresco.

Reservations are filling up fast to Dine on the Deck at the Del Mar Civic Center plaza.

Two of the Thursday get-togethers remain, one on Oct. 1 and another on Oct. 8.

On both of those nights, a limited number of spaces remain d...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: September 16, 2020

Watch a video of the City Council candidate forum

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The League of Women Voters North County San Diego has published a video the prerecorded forum held for the six candidates running for three seats on the Del Mar City Council.

Recorded Sept. 15, the hour-long forum presented the viewpoints of candidates Phi...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: September 11, 2020

Off-season rules begin at dog-friendly beaches

Dog playing on beach

Off-season rules for dogs are in place on Del Mar’s beaches. In all areas, dogs must wear a license on their collars. Leashes may be no longer than six feet. In off-leash areas, dogs must be under voice control. Owners must clean up after their ...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: September 10, 2020

Council approves business assistance measures

15th Street Sunset

The City Council on Sept. 8 approved a package of additional resources designed to assist small businesses, paying extra attention to those with indoor operations severely limited by the restrictions of COVID-19 public health orders.

The unanimous approval...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: September 10, 2020

Amendments approved for one of two commercial zones

North Commercial and Professional Commercial zones

The City Council on Sept. 8 approved amendments to allow multiple dwelling unit residential uses in one commercial zone but fell short of gaining the super majority vote required to authorize the uses in a second, larger commercial zone.

On the first readi...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: August 23, 2020

Partial reopening begins at library

Del Mar Library

During limited hours, the Del Mar Library has opened its doors for in-person browsing, materials check-out, computer usage and other services.The hours are 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The midday...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: August 12, 2020

City publishes plans for Accessory Dwelling Units

ADU floor plan

As Del Mar pivots to meet State housing requirements, the City has published three floor plans for accessory dwelling units.

The floor plans – one each for a studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom unit – adhere to State mandates and City c...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: July 13, 2020

New operating hours for City offices

Del Mar Civic Center Courtyard

DEL MAR CIVIC CENTER

Monday through Thursday7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m (remote service only)

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

Monday through Thursday7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m (remote service only)

PLANNING COUNTER

Monday through Thursday1 to 5:30 p.m. (remote service only)Email: p...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: August 31, 2020

Face mask education and enforcement continues

wear a mask banner on powerhouse

As Del Mar approaches the Labor Day weekend and unofficial close of summer, the City’s face mask education and enforcement program continues.Launched in August, the education effort employs signage, flyers and a digital communications campaign. ...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: August 9, 2020

Council approves sand replenishment program

Dredging at San Dieguito River mouth

City Council action on Aug. 3 is moving Del Mar closer to securing permission to streamline the placement of high-quality sand on City beaches.On a unanimous vote, the City Council approved an environmental document for the Sand Compatibility Opportunisti...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: July 2, 2020

Call in to comment at City meetings

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In an age of remote meetings brought by COVID-19, the City of Del Mar has launched a telephone system so speakers can call into City Council, Planning Commission and Design Review Board meetings and read their remarks aloud.  

Speakers can testify...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: June 22, 2020

City Council approves $4.1M in budget reductions

Del Mar Civic Center

The City Council June 17 approved $4.1 million in budget reductions to close a projected funding gap tied to business losses brought by COVID-19. 

Since stay-at-home orders began in March, City income plummeted as hotels, restaurants, retailers, a...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: June 22, 2020

Sheriff issues response after City Council statement on protests

Sheriffs Star

Days after the City Council issued a letter to Sheriff William Gore acknowledging widespread civil unrest, the Sheriff released a "Response to Community Concerns." The 14-page document covers policies and procedures and includes an ethnicity bre...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: June 11, 2020

City statement regarding The Winston School

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The Winston School first approached the City of Del Mar in June 2018 requesting changes to its 55-year lease for its school site at the Shores Park.  That lease was signed with the City in 2010 and made retroactive to 2008. For the first time, in...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: June 3, 2020

New rules for drones on June 17

City of Del Mar mini drone

New rules on the flying of drones in Del Mar are set to take effect June 17.

First introduced in May, an Ordinance Regulating the Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the City of Del Mar prohibits:

  • Reckless flying and racing;
  • Flying above an altitude of 400 f...
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City News & Announcements
Posted on: May 22, 2020

Where to eat and shop? Check the DMVA guide

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What sounds good to eat? 

The Del Mar Village Association is moving at light speed to update its online guide of restaurants and stores that are open for business. The guide lists places that, as of Thursday, can accommodate in-person dining and s...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: June 4, 2020

Council approves $10,000 plus sign ordinance for businesses

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As Del Mar moves toward economic recovery, business owners are encouraged to take advantage of City grants, an urgency ordinance for A-frame signs and other temporary tools to assist reopening – and boost sales -- at their restaurants and stores...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: May 19, 2020

Council revises accessory dwelling unit regulations, renews incentive program

Accessory dwelling unit

The City Council on May 18 introduced accessory dwelling unit ordinances to revise regulations, better accommodate accessory units on duplex properties and renew an incentive program for property owners who dedicate accessory units as affordable housing.

A...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: May 8, 2020

The latest on SANDAG's bluff stabilization project

Coaster on bluff

Update

Demolition, vegetation removal and grading is set to begin May 8 to replace a drainage trench just west of the street ends between 6th and 8th streets.

Open the SANDAG update 

Del Mar Bluffs Stabilization 4

On May 1, the San Diego Association ...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: April 18, 2020

Don't flush disinfecting wipes!

wipes clogging equipment

The rush to disinfect surfaces to counter COVID-19 is causing havoc with sewer lines and wastewater systems.

Earlier this month, wipes backed up a sewer line in Del Mar and led to an overflow that caused nearly $140,000 in damage to a private home. The Cit...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: April 21, 2020

Council approves $1.9M in budget reductions

Empty Parking Lots

Faced with sharp declines in revenue brought by COVID-19, the City Council voted unanimously April 20 to trim $1.9 million in spending from the 2019-20 budget. 

The action followed more than $1 million in reductions approved earlier this month as ...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: April 19, 2020

Civic Center and Streetscape project win planning awards

Del Mar Civic Center

The San Diego Section of the American Planning Association is saluting the Del Mar Civic Center and Downtown Streetscape Project with enthusiastic letters and awards.

The Civic Center has won the Association’s “2020 Implementation: Smal...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: March 27, 2020

COVID-19 Homepage

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COVID-19 Homepage

Open Del Mar’s COVID-19 Homepage to link to Daily Updates, Community Resources, Business Resources and guidelines for Conducting City Business during COVID-19.

Open the COVID-19 Homepage

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: March 27, 2020

COVID-19 Business Resources

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COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCES

Del Mar is issuing free Temporary Use Permits so businesses can offer goods for pick-up or delivery while Del Mar Village Association is tracking those businesses with a guide that is updated daily. Link to that guide and to gov...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: March 27, 2020

Conducting City Business During COVID-19

At work on Del Mar website

Conducting City Business During COVID-19

Your health is our priority. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Del Mar Civic Center has closed its doors to the public until further notice. Most City business, however, can be completed by phone or online.

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: April 2, 2020

CERT volunteers are neighbors helping neighbors

Bill and Eleni Miller

Helping neighbors during an emergency and acquiring the training to contribute to a concerted effort. For those reasons, Del Mar residents Bill and Eleni Miller joined the City’s Community Emergency Response Team two years ago.

For the Millers, h...

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