Invoking their right to call a Special Meeting with 24-hour notice, the Coronado City Council spent nearly three hours debating the question of whether or not to close the City’s beaches during a meeting held March 31, 2020. By a 3-2 vote the Council passed a motion that would close all beach access for Saturdays and Sundays; hand sanitizer stations would be installed at all access points to the beaches; the City will close the western side of Ocean Boulevard for parking seven days a week; the dog cleaning stations on Dog Beach will be off limits; and the general question of beach closures would be re-visited by the Council during their meeting of April 7, 2020.
The motion was made by Mayor Richard Bailey with a second from Councilmember Whitney Benzian. Councilmember Marvin Heinze joined Bailey and Benzian to create the 3-2 vote. Councilmembers Bill Sandke and Mike Donovan both espoused the position that the beaches should be completely closed and voted against the motion.
After the beach motion was voted upon, the Council discussed the question of whether or not the City’s parks should remain open or be closed. By a unanimous vote the Council agreed to the following: The parks will remain open; all play sets and playground equipment will be off limits; the Spreckels Park Bandstand will be closed; the city’s tennis courts will be closed seven days a week; and the city’s boat launch ramp will close if the Port of San Diego closes San Diego Bay to pleasure craft. As is the case with the beach issue, the new policy on the city’s parks will be placed on the April 7, 2020, City Council meeting agenda.