Del Mar Weekly Newsletter
Issue No. 13 - September 20, 2019


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Week of Sept. 30: Camino del Mar lane and parking closures 

As part of the Downtown Streetscape Project, the City has rescheduled grinding and resurfacing of Camino del Mar and portions of side streets for the week of Sept. 30.

From Monday, Sept. 30, through Friday, Oct. 4, no parking will be permitted on Camino del Mar between 9th Street and the northern Plaza entrance. Traffic lanes and parking on side streets will be subject to intermittent closure.

Grinding and paving operations are loud and dusty and involve truck traffic and multiple pieces of heavy equipment. Residents and business owners are advised to plan accordingly. During the week of Sept. 30, free parking will be available at the Del Mar Plaza and L’Auberge Del Mar. Parking is always free at the Del Mar Civic Center.

In response to concerns from businesses, the City rescheduled the road work to avoid conflicts with Restaurant Week during the week of Sept. 22.

Open the Revised Paving Schedule and Notice of Lane and Parking Closures (PDF). 

Week of Sept. 23: Daytime closures of NB Jimmy Durante Boulevard

Starting Sept. 23, northbound Jimmy Durante Boulevard between Luzon Avenue and David Way is scheduled for closure between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. so workers can replace steel plating with wooden timbers on a City-owned retaining wall. Northbound vehicles and bicycles will be detoured to Via de la Valle by way of Camino del Mar.

The City is coordinating with SDG&E to de-energize overhead high-tension lines in order to finish the job as quickly as possible.

Earlier this week, the City deployed electronic message boards to inform motorists of the scheduled closure.

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Coastal Commission recommends conditional approval for sea level rise plan

The California Coastal Commission is recommending conditional approval of the City of Del Mar's plan to address projected sea level rise, flooding and erosion.

The recommendation is contained in a Coastal Commission staff report (PDF) released today and is scheduled for action Oct. 16-18 in Chula Vista.

In planning for sea level rise, Del Mar has rejected “managed retreat” -- which would require homeowners to abandon their property – in favor of protecting low-lying land through beach sand replenishment, river channel dredging and other strategies.

On July 15, the Del Mar City Council reaffirmed its commitment to continue to reject managed retreat, defend its adopted Adaptation Plan and support the pending Local Coastal Program Amendment application. 

Next month, on Oct. 7, the Del Mar City Council is scheduled to discuss the report and strategies to best represent the City’s position before the Coastal Commission. Public comment will be taken.

Read full story.

What makes a great City Manager?

We want to hear what you feel are the qualities of a great City Manager. In a community survey, we pose four questions:

  • What skills and experience are most critical for a new City Manager to succeed in Del Mar?
  • What management and leadership attributes should he or she have?
  • How would you like the City Manager to interact with the community?
  • What else should the City Council consider during the recruitment?

Residents are encouraged to respond to the survey before Oct. 20.

In June, City Manager Scott Huth announced his plans to retire in February after eight years as the city’s top executive.


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Benches get TLC

One by one, wooden benches from Camino del Mar are being power washed and refurbished by the Public Works Department. 


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County surveying residents on disaster risks and mitigation

As part of an update of its Multijurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, the County of San Diego’s Office of Emergency Services has issued a survey to better understand the public's concerns and questions regarding man-made and natural disasters.

Open the survey.

The mitigation plan identifies the types of hazards that threaten our communities, evaluates vulnerabilities, and outlines strategies to reduce or eliminate the risk posed by those threats.

Learn more about the 2023 revision of the hazard mitigation plan and open related documents.

Sheriff's crime blotter: Sept. 11 through Sept. 18 

Credit/Id:  1
Sell Liquor to Minor: 1
Theft: 1
Drunk in Public: 3 
Petty Theft: 1
Grand Theft: 1
Abandoned vehicle: 1
Found Property: 1
Vehicle Theft: 1
Found Narcotic: 1

See full report (PDF).

Source: San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

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Lifeguards: Off-season rules begin for dogs on beaches

The day after Labor Day marks the start of off-season rules for Del Mar’s dog-friendly beaches. From Sept. 3 through June 15, 2020, the rules are as follows:

  • Between 29th Street and Solana Beach, off-leash dogs are allowed.
  • Between Powerhouse Park and 29th Street, dogs must be leashed. (From dawn to 8 a.m., off-leash dogs are allowed between 25th and 29th streets.)
  • 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.

Open Regulations for Del Mar’s Dog Friendly Beaches (PDF).

Questions? Contact the Community Services Department: 858-755-1556.


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Saturday: Coastal Cleanup Day

I Love a Clean San Diego's 35th annual Coastal Cleanup Day is set for 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 21 with locations in Del Mar at Powerhouse Park, San Dieguito Lagoon and River Path Del Mar.

Across the region, the event draws thousands of volunteers to more than 100 sites. Cleanups are being organized up and down the State in what is billed as the largest volunteer day to protect our environment.

Local volunteers are asked to cut down on waste by bringing their own reusable water bottle, work gloves and buckets.

Learn more on the Coastal Cleanup Day website.

sack race at powerhouse park

Sunday: Picnic at Powerhouse Park

Mark your calendars: the Del Mar Foundation Picnic at Powerhouse Park is set for Sept. 22, with food and fun on tap from noon to 4 p.m.

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Sept. 30 through Oct. 4: Rideshare Week

Does your commute need a makeover?

From Sept. 30 through Oct. 4, the San Diego Association of Governments is hosting Rideshare Week, with numerous promotions offered for carpooling and taking public transit, including $1 rides with the Waze Carpool app and, on Oct. 2, free rides on trains, trolleys and buses operated by NCTD and MTS. 

More deals and details for commuters and employers can be found on the iCommute website.

house with energy scan

Oct 4: Home energy savings workshops

Want to save money on your power bill?

The City of Del Mar, in cooperation with Del Mar Community Connections, is hosting energy savings workshops from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 19 and Oct. 4 at the Community Connections offices at 225 9th Street.

Read full story.

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Animal Visions Art Show and a call for submissions

The Arts Advisory Committee is organizing an Animal Visions Art Show Oct. 18 and 19 and has issued a call for submissions with an Oct. 11 deadline.

Learn more on the 
Public Art webpage.


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, Sept. 24

  • Business Support Advisory Committee, 9 a.m., AGENDA

Wednesday, Sept. 25

  • Arts Advisory Committee:  2 p.m. AGENDA
  • Parks and Recreation Committee (Special Meeting):  4:45 p.m. (Location: Breezeway North Conference Room) AGENDA
  • Design Review Board: 6 p.m. AGENDA
See full calendar.


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