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Posted on: November 29, 2022

Powerhouse Park playground construction begins

rendering of Powerhouse Park tot lot

The long-awaited replacement of the playground equipment at Powerhouse Park begins in December and is set to continue through February 2023.

After nearly 19 years, wear and tear from thousands of little hands and feet have taken their toll on the play stru...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: November 28, 2022

Free weekend and holiday parking in downtown Del Mar

DMVA 15th Street Sunset

Visit downtown Del Mar during weekends and holidays through December and we'll cover the parking.

In the town center and the L’Auberge Del Mar garage, two-hour parking will not be enforced during the following periods:

  • 5 p.m. Dec. 2 through 9 a.m. Dec. 5;
  • 5 ...
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City News & Announcements
Posted on: November 20, 2022

SANDAG to host open house on pedestrian access options

aerial view of train tracks on Del Mar bluffs

SANDAG is hosting an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Del Mar Civic Center Town Hall to gather public input on options for pedestrian access along the bluffs.The agency's Coastal Connections Conceptual Planning Study covers the stretch b...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: October 31, 2022

Proposal calls for 259-unit apartment complex on North Bluff

seaside ridge site plan rendering

Due to a high level of public interest and requests for information, the Planning Department has posted a package of preliminary development application materials and the City’s response for a 259-unit apartment complex proposed on the North Bluff.The pro...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: October 24, 2022

Council advances building electrification ordinance

cooktop

The City Council on Oct. 17 agreed to develop a building electrification ordinance as part of the City’s work plan for 2023-24 and left the door open to draft it sooner, based upon the outcome of goal-setting discussions early in 2023.A building...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: October 10, 2022

A reminder on the rules at dog-friendly beaches

dogbeachsteps by LaFran

During a presentation to the City Council Oct. 3, staff provided a reminder on the rules for Del Mar's dog-friendly beaches.Del Mar provides the only location on the County's north coast where dogs can frolic off-leash. To keep ...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: September 26, 2022

Volunteers needed for "sand push"

Sand Push

The Public Works Department is recruiting volunteers to answer questions and keep beach-goers away from heavy equipment during the annual "sand push."Volunteers work three-hour shifts during low tides, when equipment scoops sand from the water&a...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: September 11, 2022

Least tern thriving at lagoon

Least tern by David Hekel

The endangered least tern is thriving at nesting islands in the San Dieguito Lagoon maintained by the 22nd District Agricultural Association.In an August survey, the San Dieguito River Park reports the most active season to date. The very small seabird es...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: September 11, 2022

SDG&E to resume reconfiguration project

SDG&E Reconfiguration Project map

SDG&E is set to resume work on San Dieguito Drive in October as part of the utility's Del Mar Reconfiguration Project. The work plan calls for trenching, paving and the installation of four distribution poles with underground and overhead wir...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: July 31, 2022

New waste hauler introducing new payment options

EDCO truck and carts

Del Mar's new solid waste hauler is introducing new ways for single family residential customers to pay their trash and recycling bills.The hauler, EDCO, is set to begin issuing quarterly bills during the second week of August. The invoices will ...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: June 28, 2022

Ordinance formalizes water conservation measures

water on walkway

As drought conditions worsen in California, the City Council is introducing voluntary conservation measures into the Municipal Code.

An ordinance to “Revise Emergency Water Management Requirements for Drought Watch Conditions” is schedu...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: June 23, 2022

Parking violation fee increases to begin July 20

parking meters at Powerhouse

On a unanimous vote June 20, the City Council approved increasing fines for parking violations. The increases are set to take effect July 20.

Del Mar has not increased its portion of fees from parking citations since 2011.

The council’s action app...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: June 16, 2022

Affordable housing reports presented to City Council

Rendering of family housing building

An architect's rendering shows how a structure's height and square footage could occupy a 1.5-acre site on the Del Mar Fairgrounds at Via de la Valle and Jimmy Durante Boulevard. The rendering by Stephen Dalton Architects does not represent an actual desi...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: June 3, 2022

Construction begins on Tewa Court/10th Street Utility Undergrounding Project

utility workers

Construction began June 6 for the first piece of a multiyear program to remove utility poles and overhead lines throughout Del Mar.

The Tewa Court/10th Street Utility Undergrounding Project involves digging 1,345 linear feet of trenching and removing 1,000...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: May 28, 2022

COVID-19 protocols changing June 1

Civic Center by Miller Hull

Starting June 1, the City will begin Phase 2 of Del Mar’s updated Reopening Plan.Under Phase 2, the City will continue with expanded online services and in-person, general services Monday through Thursday. City Hall will be closed for in-person services o...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: May 5, 2022

Environmental document examines Camino del Mar Bridge Replacement Project

CDM Bridge replacement before and after

A Mitigated Negative Declaration document has concluded concludes that with mitigation measures, replacing the highway bridge over the San Dieguito River would not have a significant effect on the environment.

As planned, the new bridge would accommodate o...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: March 28, 2022

Council approves 5-year contract for law enforcement

patrol car on beach

The City Council on March 21 unanimously approved a five-year contract with the County of San Diego and San Diego County Sheriff's Department for general and specialized law enforcement and traffic services. Del Mar has contracted with the Sherif...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: March 7, 2022

Study examines planned River Path extension

River Path Del Mar 3 rendering

An environmental study has concluded that with mitigation measures, the planned River Path Del Mar Phase III Extension Project will not have a significant effect on the environment.

As planned, the half-mile-long trail would run adjacent to San Dieguito Dr...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: February 13, 2022

Council receives report on wetlands restoration project

Wetlands restoration project

A presentation to the City Council on Feb. 7 outlined plans to restore 84 acres of wetlands east of Interstate 5 with the added benefit of placing sand on Del Mar’s beaches.Shawna Anderson, executive director of the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Au...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: January 11, 2022

City Statement on NCTD’s Proposed Rail Fencing in Del Mar

Coaster on bluff

The City of Del Mar has released a statement (PDF) regarding the North County Transit District’s proposed rail fencing project in Del Mar, along with a letter (PDF) endorsed by the full City Council, sent to the NCTD Board of Directors on January 11, 2022...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: December 14, 2021

Ashley Jones approved as City Manager

Ashley Jones

The City Council voted unanimously Dec. 13 to appoint Interim City Manager Ashley Jones as City Manager.

Acting on a recommendation from Councilmembers Dwight Worden and Dave Druker, the Council approved a five-year appointment for Jones, who has served as...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: October 1, 2021

Sculptures are installed and plotted on art map

Temporary Sculpture Installation

The Temporary Outdoor Sculpture Program has opened with five works in downtown Del Mar and a map that charts a one-mile art stroll.The sculptures, artists, and locations of the works, are:
  • Pasaje a lo Infinito by Hugo Heredia (15th Street and Cami...
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City News & Announcements
Posted on: May 9, 2021

SANDAG presents train tunnel analysis

SANDAG graphic of alternative rail alignments

San Diego Association of Governments officials on May 3 presented revised alternatives for moving the railway off of the fragile ocean bluffs and into tunnels beneath Del Mar.The presentation to the City Council included four alternative alignments. One o...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: May 9, 2021

Lifeguards, researchers tracking sharks off of Del Mar

researcher in lifeguard boat tags shark

Del Mar Lifeguards are working closely with researchers to track the movements of white sharks off of the City’s shoreline. The collaboration includes tagging sharks with acoustically transmitting darts, retrieving data from underwater receiver ...

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City News & Announcements
Posted on: December 17, 2020

Dunham House moves to Encinitas

Dunham House on trailer

A piece of Del Mar’s history moved to Encinitas this week after being lifted from its foundations and transported atop supersized trailers.

The Dunham House, built on 10th Street in 1885 and believed to be an original home of Del Mar founder Jacob Taylor, ...

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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 codes.

Drawn by Stephe...

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