Del Mar Weekly Newsletter
Issue No. 5 - July 26, 2019


shark advisory sign

Vigilance increased after shark sightings

Beaches remained open this week with heightened vigilance as lifeguards emphasized  young white sharks sighted far offshore posed no immediate threat to public safety. Shark experts and a state association of marine safety professionals have told lifeguards there is no cause for concern.

However, lifeguards have increased boat patrols, ordered helicopter flyovers and are watching offshore waters with drones after sightings of juvenile white sharks Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Lifeguards from neighboring cities have reported sightings at their beaches and have posted advisories, as well.

Read full story.

bluff top at 10th Street

SANDAG to begin bluff stabilization in September

The San Diego Association of Governments is set to begin a nine-month construction program in September to stabilize Del Mar’s ocean bluffs and protect the nearby railroad tracks.

The $3 million SANDAG project would stabilize the bluffs with concrete-and-steel columns -- called soldier piles -- cable tie-backs and de-watering systems to remove urban runoff from the fragile slopes. The project also includes repairing seawalls, storm drains and drainage channels.

damaged sea wall

A number of public pathways would receive improvements along the 1.6-mile-long project area between Seagrove Park and Carmel Valley Road.  

Some of the work is planned for City-owned property. To gain access to those and other work areas, SANDAG has applied for an encroachment permit that the City Council will consider at its Aug. 5 meeting.

Read full story.


10th Street storm drain
corroded metal pipe
A video survey in March revealed heavy damage to a storm drain beneath Camino del Mar.

Downtown Streetscape update

A badly-corroded, corrugated metal storm drain is on its way out as workers this week started to replace it with 24-inch, reinforced concrete pipe.

The pipeline, which crosses beneath Camino del Mar at 10th Street, is one of two being replaced as part of the Downtown Streetscape Project. Earlier, a replacement storm drain was installed at 11th Street.

Construction activity this week also centered upon the 1100 block of west Camino del Mar, with workers building curbs, sidewalks and brick paver crosswalks. 

Subscribe to the Downtown Streetscape Weekly Progress Report. 

water quality testing

Public Works: Water quality testing at reservoirs

Technicians collected samples from the City’s reservoirs this week as part of bi-monthly water quality testing.

water quality testing equipment

The Public Works Department provides water service to nearly 1,900 metered accounts through a system that includes 27 miles of water mains and four reservoirs totaling 4 million gallons of capacity.

Open the City of Del Mar 2018 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report.


lifeguard presentation on shark safety
Deputy Lifeguard Chief Mark Rathsam on Thursday discussed ocean safety with members of the Naval Medical Center San Diego Surf Clinic. Rathsam explained the differences between docile and aggressive shark behavior and best safety practices for divers and surfers.

Fire Department: Valuable training opportunity

Firefighters from Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas participated this week in a simulated structure fire training evolution at a house in Solana Beach.  The home, which was set for complete renovation, was generously offered to local fire departments to conduct a series of scenarios involving structure fires and rescues.  During more than two days of drills, firefighters tested numerous vehicles and pieces of equipment.  Firefighters say the training provided a rare opportunity to conduct drills on an actual home. 

Sheriff's crime blotter: July 17 through July 24

Drunk in public: 5
Vandalism: 1
DUI: 1
Battery: 2
Accident: 1
Grand Theft: 1
Domestic Violence: 1
Stolen Vehicle: 1
Missing Person: 1
Burglary (Residential): 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.

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.


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


Empty Dreams sculpture
Empty Dreams

Wednesday deadline to comment on sculptures

A 30-day period  for the public to comment on bronze sculptures proposed for 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 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 Breezeway Conference Room, 1050 Camino del Mar

Wednesday, July 31

  • San Dieguito Lagoon Committee: 6 p.m., Agenda
See full calendar.


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