Del Mar Weekly Newsletter
Issue No. 1 - June 28, 2019


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Fourth of July on Del Mar Beach

The Fourth of July is the busiest day of the year at Del Mar's beaches and parks.

Car decked out for Fourth of July parade

A fun and safe Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is Del Mar’s busiest day of the year, with a patriotic parade at Powerhouse Park, families enjoying the City’s beaches and big crowds expected for the fireworks display during the final day of the 2019 San Diego County Fair.

The Del Mar Foundation’s Young Del Mar Committee is hosting an Independence Day Parade from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. at Powerhouse Park. Residents are encouraged to decorate bikes and scooters and don red, white and blue apparel for the parade on Coast Boulevard. A dance party and refreshments will follow. Coast Boulevard between 15th and 19th streets is scheduled for closure between 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Read full story.

Heavy traffic ahead

Heavy traffic is expected to start today and continue through the weekend as the San Diego County Fair and Surf Cup soccer draw great numbers of visitors to the Del Mar Fairgrounds and San Diego Polo Fields, respectively. After the weekend, more traffic is in the forecast during the final days of the fair, which ends its 27-day run on Thursday, the Fourth of July. See the 2019 San Diego County Fair calendar (PDF) and get up-to-date traffic information at

Two-year budget increases reserves, funds community groups

The City of Del Mar begins a new fiscal year on Monday with a balanced budget that increases reserves and limits expenditures while supporting senior citizens, downtown revitalization and economic development. 

The City Council approved a two-year budget for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 fiscal years on June 17. Revenues for 2019-20 are budgeted at $22.1 million; the budget for 2020-21 is $22.7 million.

The spending plan meets the three requirements of Del Mar’s financial policies: the budget is balanced, it increases reserves, and it observes the Finnell plan – an internal policy that sets caps on spending growth as it relates to income.

Read full story.


11th Street crosswalk construction
11th Street just east of Camino del Mar is expected to reopen next week.

Downtown Streetscape closures, ice cream social

For the Downtown Streetscape Project, a full closure of 11th Street just east of Camino del Mar is expected to remain in place until July 5. Also next week, closures of 13th and 12th streets just west of Camino del Mar are scheduled for construction of brick paver crosswalks. The closure of a traffic lane and bike lane is expected on the 1100 block of southbound Camino del Mar, where concrete work and paving will continue.

We understand how disruptive construction can be. To thank residents and business owners for their patience, we are hosting a Rocky Road-themed ice cream social (PDF) from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. July 16 at the Del Mar Civic Center, 1050 Camino del Mar. As the project reaches the home stretch, join us for a scoop as we show displays and answer your questions.

Subscribe to the Downtown Streetscape Weekly Progress Report. 


Lifeguards: Requalification exercises

lifeguards medical training
Del Mar Lifeguards completed annual requalification exercises this week to show their readiness for the busy summer season. Guards showed tip-top fitness during a run-swim-run test set to United States Lifesaving Association standards. The testing included emergency and medical responses and a CPR re-certification.
Woman playing with dog on beach

Lifeguards: Summer rules for dogs on beaches

Summer rules for Del Mar’s dog-friendly beaches began earlier June 16:

  • Between 29th Street and Solana Beach, off-leash dogs are permitted from dawn to 8 a.m.; dogs must be leashed from 8 a.m. to dawn.

  • Between Powerhouse Park and 29th Street, no dogs are allowed.

  • 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. Contact the Community Services Department with questions or concerns: 858-755-1556.

Fireworks display at Del Mar Fairgrounds

Fire Department: Leave fireworks to the pros

The Fire Department reminds residents and visitors that the safest way to enjoy Fourth of July fireworks is to attend a professional display. 
Fireworks – including, sparklers, poppers and other so-called “safe and sane” fireworks that do not fly or explode -- are dangerous and illegal.  In the City of Del Mar, the possession of fireworks is a misdemeanor and can result in fines or an arrest. The Fire Department also warns against “sky lanterns.” The airborne paper lanterns contain a fuel source and can fly great distances and ignite fires far from where they were launched.
At the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the July 4th Fireworks Spectacular can be seen from much of the City and begins at about 9 p.m.

go bag with evacuation supplies

Fire Department: A preparedness punch list

What should you do in the event of a wildfire emergency? Be ready to evacuate quickly and have a plan. To make that plan, the Fire Department this week published a one-page primer on preparing for a disaster, with instructions on steps to take today -- like organizing and digitizing important documents and packing a "go bag" -- and how to evacuate safely in the event of an emergency. Download the wildfire readiness document (PDF). 

Fire Department: Free bins for brush removal

The Fire Department is encouraging residents to remove overgrown vegetation and dead limbs from their property and is offering free pickup between July 22 and Aug. 5. The annual Fuel Reduction Program (PDF) provides residents with up to two, three-yard bins to fill with vegetation to create defensible space around homes. The deadline to order bins is July 19. Order today by calling 800-386-7783.

 Sheriff: Scam alert

Detectives at the North Coastal Sheriff's Station have discovered a possible scam involving a male and female suspect who convince victims to give them for cash under false requests for help. Some of the scams have targeted senior citizens, a Sheriff's bulletin says. Read the bulletin (PDF).

Sheriff: Crime blotter, June 19 through 26

In the City of Del Mar this week, drunk in public arrests were the most frequent of those appearing in the San Diego County Sheriff's Department's records management system. Read the full crime blotter (PDF).


60th anniversary logo

60th anniversary

The City of Del Mar has come a long way since its incorporation in 1959 as the smallest city in San Diego County.  Today, the City and community groups are laying plans to celebrate Del Mar’s 60th Anniversary. 

Community members are invited to celebrate the City's birthday with cake and remembrances from City Council members past and present at 4:30 p.m. July 15 at the Del Mar Civic Center, 1050 Camino del Mar.

Nonprofit groups are planning other festivities. Visit the 60th Anniversary webpage.

Graphic from SANDAG's 5 big moves

Register for SANDAG webinars

The San Diego Association of Governments is hosting a series of 45-minute webinars to explain its 5 Big Moves initiative to improve transportation in the region. Register for the virtual meetings.

On June 3, SANDAG officials described the 5 Big Moves in a presentation to the Del Mar City Council. Watch a video of the presentation.

The moves, SANDAG says, "...will enhance connectivity, increase sustainability, and improve quality of life in the San Diego region." 

View a flyer for the 5 Big Moves webinars (PDF).

Del Mar Rose Show

Rose show at library

The Del Mar Rose Society held it annual rose show at the Del Mar Library and Del Mar TV was there with camera. Watch the Del Mar TV video.


Committee vacancies and application closing dates

Learn more about  Committees, Vacancies and Volunteer Requirements.


City of Del Mar job openings

  • Law Enforcement Manager (part time)

  • Seasonal Beach Maintenance Worker (part time)

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


Monday, July 1

  • City Council special meeting, closed session:  3:45 p.m., Del Mar Civic Center Town Hall, 1050 Camino del Mar
  • City Council regular meeting: 4:30 p.m., Del Mar Civic Center Town Hall, 1050 Camino del Mar AGENDA

Thursday, July 4

  • City Hall closed for Independence Day holiday
See full calendar.


City Hall Main Line 858-755-9313                             Administrative Services 858-755-9313
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