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Ron Beaubien Helped Re-Invent The Annual Coronado Chamber Of Commerce Holiday Parade

As the Coronado Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Parade makes its way down Orange Avenue, Friday, Dec. 6, starting at 6 p.m., it’s fun to review the history of the event which dates back to 1975. Now the parade is comprised of 52 entries and lasts an hour. In the early days, Orange Avenue wasn’t closed to traffic for the event. It turned out that people dodging traffic on a state highway wasn’t a sustainable business model for the parade and participation was sparse.In 1980, Coronado Chamber of Commerce President Ron Beaubien along with Chamber Executive Secretary Mary Kay Forsythe set out to change that concept. Beaubien said recently during an interview held in his office at Crown Island Insurance, “Every time you do something in this town, it takes on a life of its own. The key was we always had a parade. What bothered me is nobody would be there. People couldn’t cross the streets and some of the stores wouldn’t stay open. That’s why we approached the city, which didn’t want to close Orange Avenue because of the cost. In those days City Manager Ray Silver, Police Chief Arthur LeBlanc and most of the City Councilmembers were members of the Rotary Club of Coronado, so we talked about this at Rotary. We got their blessing and went forward. Mary Kay was a member of the State Chamber of Commerce and the first staff member of the Chamber we paid. I felt we needed to have an office presence and some guidance to go forward with the Chamber. When we went to Sacramento to meet with Caltrans to temporarily close Orange Avenue, eventually we were able to get through a lot of red tape. It still took us several trips to get it done.”

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Ron Beaubien Helped Re-Invent The Annual Coronado Chamber Of Commerce Holiday Parade
Updated: December 04, 2019 - 1:09 pm

As the Coronado Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Parade makes its way down Orange Avenue, Friday, Dec. 6, starting at 6 p.m., it’s fun to review the history of the event which dates back to 1975. Now the parade is comprised of 52 entries and lasts an hour. In the early days, Orange Avenue wasn’t closed to traffic for the event. It turned out that people dodging traffic on a state highway wasn’t a sustainable business model for the parade and participation was sparse.

In 1980, Coronado Chamber of Commerce President Ron Beaubien along with Chamber Executive Secretary Mary Kay Forsythe set out to change that concept. Beaubien said recently during an interview held in his office at Crown Island Insurance, “Every time you do something in this town, it takes on a life of its own. The key was we always had a parade. What bothered me is nobody would be there. People couldn’t cross the streets and some of the stores wouldn’t stay open. That’s why we approached the city, which didn’t want to close Orange Avenue because of the cost. In those days City Manager Ray Silver, Police Chief Arthur LeBlanc and most of the City Councilmembers were members of the Rotary Club of Coronado, so we talked about this at Rotary. We got their blessing and went forward. Mary Kay was a member of the State Chamber of Commerce and the first staff member of the Chamber we paid. I felt we needed to have an office presence and some guidance to go forward with the Chamber. When we went to Sacramento to meet with Caltrans to temporarily close Orange Avenue, eventually we were able to get through a lot of red tape. It still took us several trips to get it done.”

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Posted: December 02, 2019

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2019 Turkey Coloring Contest Winners Announced
Updated: December 04, 2019 - 1:36 pm

One hundred fifty-two students from each of Coronado’s Schools were represented in the City of Coronado Recreation and Golf Services and Coronado Junior Women’s Club Turkey Coloring Contest. The official turkeys were submitted by students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Entrants decorated using markers, colored pencils and crayons as their art mediums. New this year, participants could submit their entries though Facebook and via email.

Prizes were awarded to contest winners at the City Council meeting on Nov. 19, by the Mayor and City Council Members.

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City Council Approves Preparation Of Mitigated Negative Declaration For Villa Capri Hotel Replacement Project
Updated: December 02, 2019 - 10:44 am

As a collective group, the Coronado City Council must have had 5 p.m. dinner reservations following their meeting of Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. The net duration of the session, after it started five minutes late, was a snappy 24 minutes. Some city council meetings are marathon events, most are long distance runs, and on the rare occasion when you get a sprint, one (I’m halfway through the current season of “The Crown” on Netflix) should be thankful.

The fun part of the meeting was the announcement of the winners of the Annual Thanksgiving Poster Coloring Contest co-sponsored by the Coronado Recreation Department and the Coronado Woman’s Club. The first place winners in the three divisions receive a turkey, the second and third place winners receive a pie. All of the awards are presented the week of Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, gone are the days when a 40-pound youngster had to wrangle a 20-pound frozen turkey from the front of the Council

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Wednesday 11/27/2019
Recycle Thanksgiving Turkey Fat, Oil And Grease (FOG) At EDCO’s Buyback Centers
Posted: November 27, 2019

EDCO would like to remind residents that kitchen fat, oil and grease (FOG) that’s left over from daily cooking, or after deep frying a Thanksgiving turkey, can be recycled. For interested residents, EDCO has a free, safe and more environmentally friendly option for disposing of household FOG.

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Parking Meter Holidays
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 10:03 am

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City Of Coronado Prepares For First Major Winter Storm, Possible Street Flooding
Updated: November 27, 2019 - 11:56 am

A major winter storm is headed our way this holiday week and the National Weather Service advises it will bring three days of rain to the region from Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 27-29.

For Coronado, the storm’s impacts include potential street flooding, especially during the heaviest rains Wednesday night through Friday; beach erosion, high surf coupled with high tides and rip currents; as well as strong, gusty winds Thursday and Friday. The heaviest rain is expected on Thanksgiving Day along with a 6.8-foot high tide. The high tides this week are some of the highest of the year. The combination of heavy rain and high tides is a concern. Fortunately, the tides will begin to recede Thanksgiving morning at about 9:35 a.m.

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