Del Mar Weekly Newsletter
Issue No. 15 - October 4, 2019


Bully's restaurant in 1974
Bully's North in 1974
booths in dining room
Naugahyde upholstery and stained glass in the old dining room.

Demolition of Bully's building begins

Demolition of the block building that housed the iconic Bully’s North restaurant began this week, with crews erecting a protective barrier along the property’s frontage at 1404 Camino del Mar and removing terracotta roofing tiles. The demolition is expected to take about one month.

Bully’s, the longest-running restaurant in downtown Del Mar, closed in 2017 after 50 years.

Today, Los Angeles-based Hillstone Restaurant group is developing the property.

See full story.

hillstone rendering
An artist's rendering of the planned Hillstone restaurant.

seawall splash over

Monday: City Council to strategize on Coastal Commission recommendation

The City Council on Monday is set to discuss a California Coastal Commission staff recommendation to approve a City plan to address projected sea level rise. The recommendation, however, calls for a number of changes that conflict directly with previously-adopted City plans, policies and regulations.

Public comment will be taken at the City Council meeting, which begins at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Del Mar Civic Center Town Hall, 1050 Camino del Mar. 

View the staff report to City Council (PDF).

Written comments will be transmitted to the City Council as “red dot” correspondence and can be emailed to:

The Coastal Commission meeting is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 16 in the Chula Vista City Council Chambers, 276 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista.

View the Coastal Commission meeting agenda.

Visit Del Mar’s Sea Level Rise Local Coastal Program Amendment webpage.

aerial view of mill and pave
freshly paved Camino del Mar

On Camino del Mar, a smooth ride

Motorists are feeling a smooth ride along Camino del Mar as road crews put finishing touches on major grinding and resurfacing of the roadway this week.

The fresh blacktop will be left to cure next week before lane striping is painted during night operations the week of Oct. 14.

The paving work is one of the final pieces of the Downtown Streetscape Project.

mill at library
sweep and shovel
steam roller

What makes a great City Manager?

Please tell us what you feel are the qualities of a great City Manager by completing this community survey before Oct. 20. In June, City Manager Scott Huth announced his plans to retire in February.


Ordinance clarifies construction permit requirements

Do you need a construction permit?

Before starting home improvements or repairs, make sure your building, electrical, mechanical or plumbing job has the permit it needs.

On Oct. 30, Del Mar’s Construction Permit Ordinance (PDF) takes effect. The ordinance identifies when construction permits are required, how they are issued, when they expire and how to extend expiration dates.

More information can be found in these Guidelines for Construction Permit Applications (PDF), which clarify exemptions, or cases in which no permit is needed.

Contact the Building Services Division at 858-720-4450.


timber retaining wall at Jimmy Durante Boulevard

Retaining wall improvements completed

Construction activities and daytime road closures ended Thursday at the site of a city-owned retaining wall on Jimmy Durante Boulevard.

Starting last week, work crews began installing wooden timbers to replace temporary steel plating along the 120-foot-long retaining wall, which was erected after a bluff slide in April.


lifeguard dive team
Del Mar Lifeguard Department’s dive team – (from left) Scott Henson, Mark Rathsam, Tyler Grant, Spencer Wiggins, John Liedle and Johnny Seiber -- geared up on Thursday to practice rescue protocols and test equipment.
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Oct. 17: "ShakeOut" earthquake drill

Del Mar’s Community Emergency Response Team is encouraging residents to participate in the Great California ShakeOut drill at 10:17 a.m. Oct. 17 at the Del Mar Civic Center Town Hall, 1050 Camino del Mar.

CERT volunteers also will explain how the City sets up its Emergency Operations Center.  

Throughout California, the annual earthquake drill is believed to include 8.9 million participants.

Learn about Del Mar CERT.

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.

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Sheriff's crime blotter: Sept. 25 through Oct. 2 

Burglary (Residential): 1
Lost Article: 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.


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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.

diamond awards

A "Diamond Award" for Del Mar

As part of Rideshare Week this week, the City of Del Mar received a Diamond Award from the San Diego Association of Governments for outstanding efforts to encourage employees to use environmentally-sustainable transportation. Del Mar was one of 131 employers to receive the recognition.

Learn more in this SANDAG notice.


Committee vacancies and application closing dates

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, Oct. 7

  • City Council special closed session, 3 p.m., AGENDA
  • City Council, 4:30 p.m., AGENDA

Tuesday, Oct. 8

  • Planning Commission, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

  • Parks & Recreation Committee, 4:45 p.m., AGENDA
Thursday, Oct. 10
  • Utility Undergrounding Project Advisory Committee, 7:30 a.m.
See full calendar.


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