Del Mar Weekly Newsletter
Issue No. 14 - September 27, 2019


lifeguards with emmy
Oh, the things you see at the beach. Lifeguards Mikayla Gulick and Laura Liedle on Tuesday spotted an Emmy Award and camera in the hands of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, an English actress and writer who had won the award (and two others) the night before and brought it to the beach for photos. Waller-Bridge greeted the lifeguards and photographed them with her Emmy.

Starting Monday, Camino del Mar resurfacing

Please plan accordingly: Starting on Monday, downtown Del Mar is going to be noisy and dusty as road crews grind and repave Camino del Mar. The work is one of the final pieces of the Downtown Streetscape Project. Also beware of parking and lane closures.

From Monday, Sept. 30, through Friday, Oct. 4, no parking will be permitted on Camino del Mar between 9th Street and the northern Plaza entrance. Traffic lanes and parking on side streets will be subject to intermittent closure.

During the week of Sept. 30, free parking will be available at the Del Mar Plaza and L’Auberge Del Mar. Parking is always free at the Del Mar Civic Center. Throughout the downtown district, enforcement of parking meters and timed parking will be suspended.

Open the Paving Schedule and Notice of Lane and Parking Closures (PDF). 

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Construction, closures on Jimmy Durante Boulevard to end next week

Construction activities and weekday closures of northbound Jimmy Durante Boulevard are expected to wrap up next week at the site of a city-owned retaining wall.

Earlier this week, work crews began installing wooden timbers to replace temporary steel plating. To safely remove the plating, the City is coordinating with SDG&E to de-energize overhead high-tension lines early next week.

Meanwhile, weekday closures of northbound traffic and bike lanes on Jimmy Durante Boulevard between Luzon Avenue and David Way are expected to continue through Wednesday. Between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., northbound vehicles and bicycles will be detoured to Via de la Valle by way of Camino del Mar.

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Coastal Commission recommends conditional approval for sea level rise plan

The California Coastal Commission is recommending conditional approval of the City of Del Mar's plan to address projected sea level rise, flooding and erosion.

The recommendation is contained in an Sept. 20 Coastal Commission staff report (PDF) that is scheduled for action Oct. 16-18 in Chula Vista.

Before then, on Oct. 7, the Del Mar City Council is scheduled to discuss the report and strategies to best represent the City’s position. Public comment will be taken.

Read full story.

What makes a great City Manager?

We want to hear what you feel are the qualities of a great City Manager. In a community survey, we pose four questions:

  • What skills and experience are most critical for a new City Manager to succeed in Del Mar?
  • What management and leadership attributes should he or she have?
  • How would you like the City Manager to interact with the community?
  • What else should the City Council consider during the recruitment?

Residents are encouraged to respond to the survey before Oct. 20.

In June, City Manager Scott Huth announced his plans to retire in February after eight years as the city’s top executive.

draining pool

Before you drain your pool or spa...

Please contact the Public Works Department before draining your pool or spa.

To protect our beaches and lagoons – and to comply with state and federal clean-water laws – the City must minimize discharges to the storm drain system and ensure they are free of chlorine, algaecide, filter backwash or other pollutants. 

Before draining pools or spas, residents or representatives from their pool maintenance companies are asked to contact the Public Works Department to review the most appropriate methods. 

Open Del Mar's clean water FAQs.

Public Works Department: 858-755-3294.


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Water system maintenance

A key role of the Public Works Department is to maintain the City’s water system, which includes 27 miles of water mains, four storage reservoirs totaling 4 million gallons of capacity, 275 fire hydrants and 664 valves. Workers replaced one of those valves this week on 26th Street.


chimney sweep

Fire Department: Check those chimneys, smoke and CO detectors 

As cooler weather arrives, the Fire Department reminds residents to clean chimneys and service smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in homes and offices.

Fire Department: Regional drill for water-related emergencies  

The Del Mar Fire Department this week participated in regional drills for water-related emergencies. The exercises at Agua Hedionda Lagoon included coastal fire departments and provided a unique opportunity to test equipment and techniques. One drill involved a simulation of an overturned motorboat with eight mannequins serving as “victims.”

According to emergency responders, incidents involving submerged vehicles, boats and personal watercraft are becoming more common.

Sheriff's crime blotter: Sept. 18 through Sept. 25 

Vehicle Theft: 3
Battery: 1

See full report (PDF).

Source: San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

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County surveying residents on disaster risks and mitigation

As part of an update of its Multijurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, the County of San Diego’s Office of Emergency Services has issued a survey to better understand the public's concerns and questions regarding man-made and natural disasters.

Open the survey.

The mitigation plan identifies the types of hazards that threaten our communities, evaluates vulnerabilities, and outlines strategies to reduce or eliminate the risk posed by those threats.

Learn more about the 2023 revision of the hazard mitigation plan and open related documents.

sandy dog

Lifeguards: Off-season rules begin for dogs on beaches

The day after Labor Day marks the start of off-season rules for Del Mar’s dog-friendly beaches. From Sept. 3 through June 15, 2020, the rules are as follows:

  • Between 29th Street and Solana Beach, off-leash dogs are allowed.
  • Between Powerhouse Park and 29th Street, dogs must be leashed. (From dawn to 8 a.m., off-leash dogs are allowed between 25th and 29th streets.)
  • Between Powerhouse Park and 6th Street, dogs must be leashed.

Licenses must be affixed to the dog’s collar. Leashes may not be longer than six feet. Dog owners must pick up after their pet and exchange information after a bite or other injury.

Open Regulations for Del Mar’s Dog Friendly Beaches (PDF).

Questions? Contact the Community Services Department: 858-755-1556.


woman and man in car

Sept. 30 through Oct. 4: Rideshare Week

Does your commute need a makeover?

From Sept. 30 through Oct. 4, the San Diego Association of Governments is hosting Rideshare Week, with numerous promotions offered for carpooling and taking public transit, including $1 rides with the Waze Carpool app and, on Oct. 2, free rides on trains, trolleys and buses operated by NCTD and MTS. 

More deals and details for commuters and employers can be found on the iCommute website.

house with energy scan

Oct 4: Home energy savings workshop

Want to save money on your power bill?

The City of Del Mar, in cooperation with Del Mar Community Connections, is hosting an energy savings workshop from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Community Connections offices at 225 9th Street.

Read full story.

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Animal Visions Art Show and a call for submissions

The Arts Advisory Committee is organizing an Animal Visions Art Show Oct. 18 and 19 and has issued a call for submissions with an Oct. 11 deadline.

Learn more on the 
Public Art webpage.


Committee vacancies and application closing dates

  • No open positions.

Learn more about  Committees, Vacancies and Volunteer Requirements.


City of Del Mar job openings

Learn more about Employment Opportunities at the City of Del Mar. 


Location: Del Mar Civic Center Town Hall,1050 Camino del Mar

Monday, Sept. 30

  • City Council closed session special meeting, 3 p.m., AGENDA
  • City Council, 4:30 p.m., AGENDA
Tuesday, Oct. 1
  • Finance Committee special meeting, 4:30 p.m., AGENDA
See full calendar.


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