Del Mar Weekly Newsletter
Issue No. 3 - July 12, 2019


Del Mar's first City Council
Del Mar’s first City Council, from left: John Barr, Tom Douglas, Henry Billings, Clayton Jack and Elwood Free. Courtesy: Del Mar Historical Society.
Historic photo of Del Mar train station

Del Mar
turns 60

Del Mar has come a long way since 1959, when the vote for incorporation passed by a narrow margin. Interstate 5 opened to the east of Del Mar in 1965. 

60th anniversary logo

To the north, Solana Beach and Encinitas incorporated many years later, in 1986.

Through the years, Del Mar has been determined to control its destiny and has clung dearly to its character and traditions.

Del Mar’s incorporation became official July 15, 1959. On Monday, exactly 60 years from that date, the City Council will recognize the milestone with birthday cake and appearances by about 10 former mayors.

The public is encouraged to join the ceremonies when the City Council meets at 4:30 p.m. July 15 at the Del Mar Civic Center Town Hall, 1050 Camino del Mar.

Visit the 60th anniversary webpage.

seawall splashover

Monday: Sea level rise discussion

A City Council discussion on Monday 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. 

Open staff reports for the Sea Level Rise Update (PDF) and the Flood Insurance Rate Map (PDF).

The July 15 City Council meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Del Mar Civic Center Town Hall, 1050 Camino del Mar.

Read full story.

rocky road ice cream

Tuesday: "Rocky Road" ice cream social

Historic rains and other challenges have made for a rocky road to complete the Downtown Streetscape Project. We understand how disruptive construction can be, so what better way to thank people for their patience than to treat everyone to a scoop of delicious ice cream? 

Of course we've ordered rocky road -- and other flavors -- for an ice cream social (PDF) scheduled for 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.

Gold Coast horse statue

Wednesday: "Gold Coast" to greet Opening Day crowds

“Gold Coast” is standing tall at the busy intersection of Via de la Valle and Jimmy Durante to greet motorists on  Opening Day July 17 and throughout the 2019 meet of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

Public Works crews installed the life-size, gold-and-silver sculpture on Tuesday. The model horse appears to be cantering across the mulch beneath the shade of a pine tree.

This year, summer horse racing runs through Sept. 2 with weekend concerts, dark days on Mondays and Tuesdays (except Sept. 2) and big crowds expected Wednesday on Opening Day.

Read full story.


12th Street retaining wall
A retaining wall and ramp completed at 12th Street this week are designed to improve pedestrian safety.
1200 block streetlight

Downtown Streetscape update

A retaining wall completed at 12th Street this week is the last of three to be finished as part of the Downtown Streetscape Project. The wall and ramps -- and others like them at 11th and 12th streets -- are designed to improve pedestrian safety and meet accessibility requirements for disabled people.

Also this week, workers proceeded with curb and sidewalk construction on the 1100 block of west Camino del Mar. That work is scheduled to continue during the week ahead.

Elsewhere, electrical workers continued the installation of streetlights.

Subscribe to the Downtown Streetscape Weekly Progress Report. 


overgrown tree

Fire Department: Order free bins by July 19

Only one week remains to order 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 has 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: Free home security assessments

Del Mar residents are encouraged to schedule a free home security assessment. During an assessment, a crime prevention specialist evaluates a home through the eyes of a burglar, identifies areas that are vulnerable to crime and makes recommendations to improve security. Visit the Sheriff’s Crime Prevention webpage or call 760-966-3500.

Sheriff's crime blotter: July 3 through July 10

Source: San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Drunk in Public: 1
Battery: 1
Fictitious check/bill: 1
Burglary (Commercial): 1
Missing Adult: 1

View full report (PDF).


composting buckets

Food waste program offered

The Sustainability Advisory Board is recruiting 10 households that, in the name of going green, are willing to bear some cost and inconvenience to keep  food waste out of landfills.

composting at Solana Center

Food Cycle,” a program of the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, will provide the first 10 Del Mar residents to enroll with lidded, 5-gallon buckets to contain all manner of food scraps. Meats, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetable remains can all go in the bucket. Enrollees also are given a sack of bokashi bran, a microbe blend that supercharges the decomposition. A typical household would require a bucket exchange every 4-6 weeks.

Read full story.


Empty Dreams sculpture
Empty Dreams

Input sought for sculptures

A 30-day review period opened Monday for the public to comment on two bronze sculptures proposed for installation at downtown locations. Find details on the Public Art webpage. 

Baby Boomers Google sculpture submission
Baby Boomers Google
KAABOO 2018 concert

Aug. 6: Kaaboo hosting community meeting

Organizers of the three-day Kaaboo Del Mar music festival are hosting a community meeting (PDF) to discuss sound mitigation, parking and other topics from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Hilton Del Mar, 15575 Jimmy Durante Boulevard. The festival is expected to draw large crowds during its three-day run at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Sept. 13, 14 and 15. To RSVP for the community meeting, email:

Graphic from SANDAG's 5 big moves

Register for SANDAG webinars

The San Diego Association of Governments is hosting 45-minute webinars July 24, Aug. 7 and Aug. 21 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 15

  • City Council: 4:30 p.m., Agenda

Thursday, July 18

  • Traffic, Parking Advisory Committee: 5 p.m., Agenda
See full calendar.


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