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Posted on: January 4, 2021

2020: A pictorial year in review

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drone shot of 2019 Penguin Plunge
January: Exactly one year ago, the Penguin Plunge marked its 34th straight year and drew hundreds of visitors to 17th Street beach. The event is cancelled this year because of the pandemic.

CJ Johnson at reception
February: Del Mar's new City Manager, CJ Johnson, hosted a public reception at the Powerhouse Community Center. Johnson replaced Scott Huth.

Closed beach
March: Public health orders prompted the closure of Del Mar's beaches.

Seagrove Park improvements
April: During the closure of Seagrove Park, workers dug trenches and installed conduit for a new lighting system.

worker removes dead fish from beach
May: The reopening of beaches coincided with a red tide that caused a fish kill and a putrid odor that permeated neighborhoods.

Court Street Park
June: Court Street Park opened quietly after landscaping and improvements to a drainage channel.

sting ray treatments
July: During one week, lifeguards administered more than 50 sting ray treatments.

wear a mask banner on powerhouse
August: The City of Del Mar launched a face mask education and enforcement program.

dine on the deck
September: Dine on the Deck, a City initiative in partnership with Del Mar Village Association, provided a picturesque location for visitors to enjoy takeout meals from local restaurants.

housing element cover
October: The City Council approved forwarding a draft of Del Mar's Housing Element to state authorities for review.

railroad tracks on bluff
November: In response to an NCTD proposal to fence portions of the rail line, the City Council agreed to seek "cooperative resolution of rail safety and access issues on the Del Mar Bluffs." 

2021 City Council
December, (clockwise from upper left): The City Council reorganized with newly-elected Council Members Tracy Martinez and Dan Quirk and reelected incumbent Dave Druker taking oaths of office; incumbent Terry Gaasterland rotated into the Mayor's seat; outgoing Mayor Ellie Haviland and Council Member Sherryl Parks stepped down after not seeking reelection, and Council Member Dwight Worden became Deputy Mayor.

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