Del Mar Weekly Newsletter
Issue No. 4 - July 19, 2019


crashing wave

State reviewing sea level rise plans

During a Monday discussion on sea level rise, the City Council renewed its commitment to reject managed retreat while backing a previously-adopted adaptation plan and Local Coastal Program amendments now pending before the California Coastal Commission.
To date, the Coastal Commission’s staff has signaled it would accept Del Mar’s Local Coastal Program Application, which includes the sea level rise adaptation plan and vulnerability assessment. The application references Del Mar’s voter-approved Beach Preservation Initiative of 1988 and rejects managed retreat, which calls for moving structures to higher ground.  

Also at its July 15 meeting, the City Council reviewed the federal government’s new Flood Insurance Rate Map, which takes effect Dec. 20 and applies to beachfront property from 17th Street to the San Dieguito River. The maps show an increased danger of flooding to hundreds of low-lying homes. Find details on the New Flood Map webpage. 

Read full story.

Del Mar mayors
del mar birthday cake

Happy birthday, Del Mar!

The City of Del Mar celebrated the 60th anniversary of its incorporation on Monday with City Council members hosting a reunion of former mayors (above) and cutting of a birthday cake.

View Del Mar Historical Society's 60th Anniversary slideshow.

mayor Dave Druker serves an ice cream cone
ice cream social information display

"Rocky road" ice cream social for Streetscape Project

On Tuesday, Mayor Dave Druker (above) and members of the Downtown Streetscape Project team dished up good information and delicious flavors during an ice cream social.

In addition, residents and business owners got the appreciation they deserve for being so patient during the streetscape project’s rocky road to completion.

rocky road ice cream
dog and kids with ice cream
Scott Huth serves an ice cream cone


12th Street curb ramp
A freshly-poured curb ramp at 11th Street and Camino del Mar.
1100 block demolition

Downtown Streetscape update

As part of the Downtown Streetscape Project, a makeover of the 1100 block of west Camino del Mar continued this week with curb, sidewalk and crosswalk construction.

Workers demolished asphalt on the south end of the block to make way for new pavement to be installed next week. That work will require the complete closure of the outside traffic lane, bike lane and parking on southbound Camino del Mar Monday through Friday.

More lane closures are expected next week as crews begin the installation of a storm drain crossing Camino del Mar at 10th Street.

Subscribe to the Downtown Streetscape Weekly Progress Report. 

Barrier replacement at Coast Boulevard

Public Works: Safety improvements at railroad crossing

Workers from Del Mar’s Public Works Department replaced pedestrian barriers this week at the Coast Boulevard railroad crossing. The barriers are built of 4- by 4-inch, pressure-treated timbers.


stingray info
stingray info
stingray info

Lifeguards: Sting ray alert

Lifeguards administered 26 medical aids for sting ray stings this week -- painful reminders to shuffle your feet when enjoying the ocean at any depth. Soak sting ray stings in hot water. Warmer water temperatures are drawing more swimmers to the ocean while a south swell has attracted surfers. All of this -- plus a bocce ball tournament last weekend that drew an estimated 2,000 participants and spectators to the North Beach -- has kept lifeguards busy.

Water rescues totaled 87; medical aids, including a fall from cliff and a broken leg, totaled 44.

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.

Fire Department: Safety tips for hikers

Lacing up those hiking boots? The Fire Department reminds summertime hikers to stay hydrated and stick to familiar trails and paths. Always hike with at least one buddy, bring a cell phone and stick to areas with coverage. Watch for rattlesnakes, which have been sighted in great numbers recently, firefighter say. If bitten, stay calm, seek immediate help, keep the injury at heart level and do not apply tourniquets.

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). 

Sheriff's crime blotter: July 10 through July 17

Poss. controlled subs for sale: 1
Drunk in public: 4
Poss. controlled subs paraphernalia: 1
Theft of Elder Adult: 1
Stolen Vehicle: 1

See full report (PDF).

Source: San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

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.


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. Read full story.

composting at Solana Center


florescent bulbs

Saturday: Del Mar Recycles event at Shores Park

Waste Management is hosting a Del Mar Recycles event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the lower parking lot of Del Mar Shores Park. Enter the parking lot from Stratford Court, south of 9th Street.

During the twice-a-year Del Mar Recycles events, residents and business owners can drop off compact fluorescent bulbs, household batteries, sharps and medications for disposal. Document shredding will be provided.

Visit Waste Management’s webpage for residents of Del Mar.

Empty Dreams sculpture
Empty Dreams

Input sought for sculptures

A 30-day review period  for the public to comment on two bronze sculptures proposed for installation at downtown locations closes July 31. 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 on Wednesday, 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

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


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

Tuesday, July 23

  • Finance Committee: 4:30 p.m., Agenda

Wednesday, July 24

  • Design Review Board: 6 p.m., Agenda
See full calendar.


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