Del Mar Weekly Newsletter
Issue No. 2 - July 5, 2019


2019 Fourth of July parade
public works trash collection

A fun-filled Fourth of July

Del Mar showed its red, white and blue colors yesterday with a patriotic parade, fairgrounds fireworks and sunny skies that brought great numbers of visitors to the city's parks and beaches.

Fourth of July fireworks

A south swell produced strong currents and heavy surf that kept lifeguards busy with 40 rescues, 53 water safety contacts and 500 swimming contacts.

After many thousands of visits yesterday, beaches and parks looked fairly clean this morning, thanks in large part to public works and beach maintenance employees, many of whom worked until midnight replacing trash bags cleaning restrooms.

Mayor Dave Druker congratulates Eric Sandy
Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy retiring after 47 years

The City of Del Mar’s longest-serving employee is retiring on Tuesday after 47 years, with many of them spent on the beach.

Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy, 72, was hired as an Animal Regulation/Beach Enforcement officer in 1972 and is retiring as a Lieutenant for the City’s Community Services Department, where he oversees three full-time and 12 part-time enforcement officers.

On Monday -- at a City Council meeting attended by his mother, wife, brother and dozens of well-wishers – Sandy received an official proclamation (PDF) from Mayor Dave Druker.
Sandy redirected praise from the mayor toward colleagues and community members. He quipped that he had been working in Del Mar longer than some of his colleagues had been alive.

Decades ago, Sandy came to Del Mar on a referral from his roommate at the time, lifeguard Jack Ross.

“That’s when a busy day in June would have 200 people on the beach -- and we knew most of them,” Sandy said.

Read full story.

SANDAG weighing Del Mar’s housing obligations

Affordable housing challenges facing the State of California are being felt by every one of its cities -- including Del Mar.

Next week, directors of the San Diego Association of Governments will consider a draft of recommended allocations for affordable housing to the County of San Diego and its 18 incorporated cities as part of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment, or RHNA. A SANDAG subcommittee released a draft of the recommendations in June.

By 2029, local jurisdictions must revise the “housing elements” of their general plans to meet State-mandated obligations for housing across four tiers of affordability. Del Mar’s housing element is part of its community plan. The obligations stem from a regional determination of needs calculated by the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development and Department of Finance.

 At SANDAG, a RHNA Subcommittee report examining the methodologies and allocations (PDF) shows that by 2029, 171,685 affordable housing units will be needed countywide. Del Mar, which is home to .09 percent of the County’s population, would need to show capacity in its zoning to accommodate 167 units. 

Read full story.

seawall splashover

July 15: Sea level rise discussion

A City Council discussion July 15 is set to cover a revised FEMA map and the status of Del Mar’s sea level rise applications before the California Coastal Commission.

The federal government’s new Flood Insurance Rate Map takes effect Dec. 20 and applies to beachfront property from 17th Street to the San Dieguito River. City planners will update the council on revisions to the map and what they mean to property owners. Find details on the New Flood Map webpage.

Also set for discussion is the status of the State’s staff-level review of Del Mar’s Local Coastal Program Application. To date, the Coastal Commission’s staff has signaled it would accept the City’s Vulnerability Assessment, Adaptation Plan, continued reliance on the voter-approved Beach Preservation Initiative of 1988, and the City’s position rejecting managed retreat. 

Read full story.


Review period opens for sculpture submissions

A 30-day review period opened Monday for the public to comment on two bronze sculptures proposed for installation at downtown locations. Artist Maidy Morhous has applied to donate “Baby Boomers Google” for placement in front of the Del Mar Library and “Empty Dreams” for installation at the visitor center at 1104 Camino del Mar.

View a copy of the public art application (PDF) and find more information on the Public Art webpage. 

To comment, email:

E. Coli bacteria

Official information on Fairgrounds E. Coli cases

The County’s Health and Human Services Agency on confirmed Tuesday a fifth case of E. Coli  linked to contact with animals at the San Diego County Fair. Four of the five cases were not hospitalized. However, a 2-year-old boy who was hospitalized died on June 24 from complications of the disease. Open the County News Center story.


12th Street crosswalk construction
Workers lay brick pavers for a crosswalk at 12th Street. Also completed this week were crosswalks at 11th and 13th streets.
12th street retaining wall

Downtown Streetscape update

Construction of the Downtown Streetscape Project continued this week with crews completing crosswalks at 13th, 12th and 11th streets. As part of a makeover of the 1100 block of west Camino del Mar, workers built a retaining wall at 12th Street and continued construction of curbs sidewalks and landscaping planters. More of the same is scheduled for the week ahead on the southern half of the 1100 block.

"Rocky Road" ice cream social July 16

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. 


house overgrown with tree limbs

Fire Department: Order free bins by July 19

Have you ordered your free bins for brush removal? The deadline is July 19. The Fire Department is encouraging residents to remove overgrown vegetation and dead limbs from their property and is offering free bins for residents to fill for 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. Order bins today by calling 800-386-7783.

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). 

woman playing with dog on beach

Lifeguards: Summer rules for dog-friendly beaches

Summer rules for Del Mar’s dog-friendly beaches are as follows:

  • 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.

Sheriff's crime blotter: June 26 through July 3

Source: San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Traffic Accident: 2
Under infl. of controlled subs: 1
Robbery: 1
Drunk in Public: 2
Obstruct/Resist Officer: 1
Found Narcotics: 1
Battery: 6
Lost Article: 1

View full report (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).


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. 


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

Monday, July 8

  • Sustainability Advisory Board: 5:30 p.m., Agenda

Tuesday, July 9

  • Planning Commission: 6 p.m., Agenda

Wednesday, July 10

  • Parks & Recreation Committee: 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, July 11

  • Undergrounding Project Advisory Committee: 7:30 a.m., Agenda
See full calendar.


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