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At the conclusion of their single-topic, 93-minute meeting, held July 28, 2020, the City of Coronado’s Planning Commission voted 4-1 to deny three permits requested by partners Crown Manor Owner Christopher Bower, and Co-applicant the Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton. If passed, the permits would have allowed overnight accommodations and events at the 1015 Ocean Boulevard location, which was built in 1902.

Specifically the agenda item called for consideration of a Major Special Use Permit, approval of a Parking Plan, and a Coastal Permit for the location, which is in a R-1A single family residential zone. Crown Manor was designated as a historic resource in October 2001, and a Mills Act property in October 2002.

There is a portion of the Coronado Municipal Code which according to the City Staff report on the agenda

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Style and comfort don’t always go together but it can happen. Just check out Querida Costa, a new women’s clothing store recently opened in the Cays. Ana Travé Yvern is the owner of the new store which has introduced to the U.S. the Pearl & Caviar brand, a holiday lifestyle collection designed and made in Greece.

Travé Yvern was already an entrepreneur and co-owns two beachwear boutiques in Puerto Vallarta, when she traveled to the island of Mykonos, Greece and discovered Pearl & Caviar, a brand that highlights Grecian-chic culture and elements of architecture and design.

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The next Dine Out! Coronado is set for this weekend, July 31-Aug. 2. All you need for your organized picnic is a takeout order from your favorite local restaurant and a reservation.

The City, the Coronado Chamber of Commerce and Coronado MainStreet thank residents for making the events a success during this difficult time for local restaurants impacted by the ongoing pandemic.

“Residents are really responding to our outdoor picnics,” City Manager Blair King said. “We are hearing great things from those who participate and we are happy to encourage people to pick up a

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Tanya Garfield, Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Field Operations Center-West announced today that low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to San Diego County small businesses affected by the civil unrest that began May 26, 2020. SBA acted under its own authority to amend its July 7 declaration following a request received from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s designated representative, Mark S. Ghilarducci, director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services on July 24, 2020.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Amador, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Imperial, Orange, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Joaquin, Solano, Sutter and Yolo counties.

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While summer is traditionally the season we excitedly vroom off on a road trip, fly to a distant shore or explore a new city or culture, 2020 is all about the staycation. Coronadans may have the great advantage of being based in paradise, but it’s easy to slip into familiar habits and forget just how many wonders our little island has to offer, which is where the new OrangeAvenue.com website comes in…

This 250+ page resource showcases every store, restaurant, entertainment venue, salon, spa, gallery, tour, and outdoor recreational activity in Crown City. And with over 1,000 new images, you are sure to see Coronado with fresh eyes!

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The City will offer a second chance for residents to enjoy a picnic dinner at an outdoor dining venue at Spreckels Park this weekend.

The City, the Coronado Chamber of Commerce and Coronado MainStreet hope residents join them in supporting local restaurants impacted by the ongoing pandemic by picking up a take-out order on Friday or Saturday, July 24 or 25.

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In these past few months, we have all had to adjust to a new normal, most of which now happens in the home. Staying in shape, even pre-quarantine, was challenging for most people. The Sharp Coronado Hospital Healthy Living Center (HLC) recognizes that and is doing everything it can to keep its community members physically and mentally well.

For those who are able to leave the house, the HLC is providing outdoor personal trainer appointments. Employees are masked and socially distancing under a

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The current rules in regards to face coverings, as stated by San Diego County, are as follows. You must wear a face covering anywhere that you will be within six feet of other people. You do not have to wear face coverings with members in your household, children under 2 are also not required to wear face coverings. If you are swimming, running, walking, or biking with members of your family or alone, you don’t have to wear a face covering, but you should bring one with you in case you come within six feet of others.’

In regards to businesses, San Diego County instructs that businesses should, “Require their employees, contractors, owners, and volunteers to wear a face

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What a great crew of people... buying their BLT’s in support of long time Sports Fiesta donors, Boney’s! Participants: Gyorgy Bassola, Bill Carinder, Rob Kracht, Jennifer Landry and Morgan Miller.

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What a great crew of people... buying their BLT’s in support of long time Sports Fiesta donors, Boney’s! Participants: Gyorgy Bassola, Bill Carinder, Rob Kracht, Jennifer Landry and Morgan Miller.

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Public health officials promote masks as the best way to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Wearing face coverings is urged because along with social distancing they limit the release of infected droplets when talking, coughing and sneezing. As Coronado and the rest of California reopens, c…

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After being totally closed to the public for 90 days, the 132-year old Hotel del Coronado is rapidly re-opening for business. “I’m just happy we’re open,” said Hotel Del General Manager Harold Rapoza, Jr. over the weekend. “Our last day of operation was March 26, 2020, and we re-opened the Beach Village at the Del and 190 rooms in the Victorian Building June 26, 2020. There was no revenue coming in prior to our closing. We have great owners and they wanted to make sure to protect this landmark and keep it in good condition when we re-opened.”

As for the decision to close the hotel for the first time, Rapoza explained, “It wasn’t a requirement of the state at that time. It was more about the business world internationally and in the U.S. We started feeling the business impact in early March when conventions started to cancel and our leisure travel business decreased to almost nothing.

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CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw recently discussed what employers should do if an employee tests positive with COVID-19.

Shaw tells Frank that while there is a lot of guidance available, there are only a few steps employers need to take should an employee test positive for COVID-19:

Step 1: Send the Employee Home

The first thing an employer needs to do is to send the sick employee home right away.

Even if a business is deemed an “essential business,” any employee who is sick needs to stay home, Shaw says.

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Because construction is delaying the reopening at the Hotel Del until late Fall, Brady’s Menswear opened a Summer Popup Shop next to Tartine on First Street.

To entice your visit, Brady’s is selling everything at half price, shoes not included. That means that everything that

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There’s a new App in town – the Coronado Public Art Walking Tour App!

This custom-created smartphone app maps your route and guides residents and visitors to 75 works of art throughout the island, sharing the story of each piece and naming the artist who created it.

“We wanted to create something fun that celebrates the great public art in our community, gets people outdoors in a way that does not put their health at risk, and

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San Diego County’s public health officer announced that effective Tuesday, July 7, restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, and movie theaters, among other businesses across the region, must close if they operate indoors.

Following three days on the state’s Monitoring List and as part of the County’s Safe Reopening, the following businesses were closed unless they can operate outdoors. The closures go into effect July 7 and will last three weeks:

• Dine-in restaurants (outdoor settings, pickup, delivery and drive-thrus still allowed)

• Wineries and tasting rooms

• Movie theaters

• Family entertainment centers (including bowling alleys, arcades)

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Three Coronado restaurants are temporarily closing their doors after reporting cases of their employees contracting COVID-19. The Henry, High Tide Bottle Shop and Kitchen, and McP’s Irish Pub have all had employee’s test positive, and will close temporarily in order to follow San Diego County Health Department orders.

The major points within current guidelines that are in place as stated by the California Department of Public Health are as follows: The restaurant should notify their local health department about any suspected or confirmed positive cases. They should provide their local health department with a roster of their employees and then begin testing, and “the employer is responsible for ensuring all employees are offered or provided testing.”

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While many local people are starting to venture out again after some of the lock-down restrictions eased, for some, going out to a restaurant is still not possible.

For those who need or want to remain socially distanced but still wish to enjoy finer dining without having to turn on their own ovens, local chef and CHS ’80 grad Kathy Nicolls can help with her home meal delivery service.

Nicolls, who has enjoyed cooking for her family since she was young, originally started her small business in 2010 by making jalapeno jam, which she first experienced on a trip to New Orleans. The jam was such a hit with her family and friends that the next step was a house party, and the jams sold out quickly.

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The Coronado Chamber of Commerce designed a banner to support Essential Coronado's campaign to turn Coronado Red, White and Blue for July 4th. The City did a wonderful job turning this around so swiftly and you can now view this on the median by the library.

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Nestled between the Coronado Post Office and the Brigantine Restaurant, the Emerald C Gallery, owned by Penny Rothschild, is a great place to visit if you are a devotee of art. Starting July 3, 2020, Rothschild is curating a 50-piece art exhibit she has entitled, “Exhale,” which features the art of Jody Esquer, Heather Frank, and Jenna Raskin Moreines. The free-ranging interview included the exhibit’s principals and Jennifer Franks, Co-promoter of last year’s Coronado Music Festival with Rothschild. Franks is also a published author and Flamenco guitarist.

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After 15 years the mother-daughter team of Pam Aldridge and Kristin Weygandt, owners of Café 1134, have decided to sell the business. The café’s last day in business was June 19.

The decision to sell the café was due to a number of reasons. Weygandt said she started a business selling on

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The Coronado Optimist Club continues its tradition of dining out to support Coronado restaurants. Here they are pictured at a recent outing to Nado Gelato: Rob Kracht, Jennifer Landry, and Cynthia Kosciuczyk.

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Discover Wellness is open and ready to serve the community. Please join the practitioners of Discover Wellness and Water and Sports Physical Therapy for an Open House in honor of Dr. Kerry Keiser’s 30 years in practice on Friday, June 26. Meet all the wellness practitioners, including chirop…

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For the past 132 years, the overwhelming support from our community has kept the Hotel del Coronado strong. So it gives us great pleasure to announce that Hotel del Coronado and Beach Village at The Del will reopen to guests on Friday, June 26.

We’ve been busy while our guests were away. Our upgraded pool and brand new Cabana guestrooms are nearly complete and we expect these areas to open on July 19. In early August, the newly reinvented Sun Deck, ENO Market & Pizzeria, and Babcock

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Great news for Tier 1 and Tier 2 businesses who have already been approved for the City of Coronado’s zero percent interest Lifeline Loans - you can now up your initial $15,000 loan to $20,000 - ie receive an extra $5,000 from the City of Coronado to help your business get through this challenging time.

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The FDA has updated its guidelines for COVID 19 testing procedures to make the process easier and more comfortable for patients, as well as to help limit the impact of testing on the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) used by workers. The change means that people taking the test w…

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Our narrative begins with Family Patriarch Elmer Reynolds, still going strong at the age of 94, and who according to his daughter Carelyn Reynolds, was born in Kentucky, but considered Lucasville, Ohio his hometown. “Dad discovered Coronado during World War II and when he was discharged at the end of the war, he returned home for a while and then came back to Coronado in 1945. He worked for several hotels including the Bahia and he was the night auditor at the Hanalei Hotel. He kept busy and wherever there was work, he was there.”

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Much to the relief of local diners, the Grande Dame of Coronado restaurants, Chez Loma, re-opened last week, under the capable hands of owner and architect Andres Girault, Executive Chef Celestina Ford, and General Manager Heather Nunnelly.

Girault, who had been dining at the restaurant since his father first introduced him to the establishment when he was just 8 years old, originally took over the space 12 years ago, reviving the 1889 building to create a space that serves as one of the most romantic dining spots in Southern California.

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Orange Avenue stores are open and excited to share their latest wares with you! In celebration, the Coronado Chamber of Commerce invited local retailers to submit their favorite orange-themed items and what a sunny array of offerings they are: everything from hand-painted Mexican folk art to swimwear, stationery and the iconic Scottish soda “Irn Bru”. Geppetto’s Toys outdid themselves with 16 recommendations, including a very realistic orange tabby cat toy and a baby teether designed to look like a slice of orange!

You can see these and many more orange offerings by visiting the @CoronadoChamber page on Instagram and Facebook, and then opt to shop online or in store.

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The Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church Thrift Cottage reopened Tuesday, June 2, for sales and donations. The new hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Cottage, open since the 1950s, welcomes the return of its shoppers and donors.

Located at 1211 Tenth Street, donations of new and gently used items are welcomed: jewelry, purses, clothing and shoes for all ages, housewares, small antiques, linens, and unique treasures uncovered from your Spring/COVID19 cleaning. (No large furniture or items that can’t be readily tested, such as computers and TVs). Just drive up and drop off during open hours!

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As life starts to return to normal and restaurants are once again reopening for dine in service, people are venturing out and eating out. On a recent Saturday some restaurants were busy with their lunch time service. Customers were peeking inside restaurants and checking the menus which are now either one time use paper or are posted on the doors.

Some diners were entering a restaurant without a mask and they were asked to cover their faces to enter. Some kept on their face covering at the table, some had it off. While diners are getting used to the new regulations, restaurant operators are adhering to strict rules to maintain safety. “A lot of people are confused,” said Tent City restaurant Manager Elena Wu.

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I’m pleased to share these photos of Coronado Barbers. On Friday, May 28, the Coronado Barbers reopened. Congratulations to owners Jaime and Maggie Guzman for their outstanding efforts to provide a safe and welcoming environment for the community. Well done!

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Julia Overlin was always one to ask people how they were doing and actually wait for an answer rather than brush them off. As an adult she was her friends’ “couch psychologist” listening to their problems.

“I’ve always been an ear to my friends,” she said.

After a career in acting where Overlin reached people through the roles she played, she found it natural to go into psychotherapy. “I wanted to reach people and normalize humanity,” she said. Overlin now reaches people by working with them one on one helping them through issues they may be going through.

“A lot of people tell me they’re crazy. I tell them ‘you’re human,’ ” she explained.

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The City Council agreed earlier this week to waive Coronado’s parking code requirements to allow local restaurants to temporarily serve dining patrons in parking lots, other dedicated parking spots or other open areas near their restaurants.

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It is such a joy to see Coronado retail and restaurants welcoming customers and in-house diners once more. However, rather like a garden with flowers coming into bloom at different times, each store and eatery is re-opening at a different pace and to a different extent! One of the best ways to suss out the new lay of the land is to take a leisurely stroll down Orange Avenue and familiarize yourself with the new, safety-conscious ways of doing business.

As a customer, the main thing to remember is to enter the establishment wearing a mask and check the guidelines posted by the front door so that you know how many customers are permitted inside at one time.

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The Bridge and Bay Garden Club presented the May Spot of Beauty to Peohe’s Restaurant at 1201 First Street. Accepting the award from Marilyn Williams, right, is group sales manager, Alisa Atkins, left.

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Primavera Ristorante, located at 932 Orange Ave., will not reopen following its closure as part of the state’s COVID-19 mandated shutdown.

The popular family-owned and operated Italian restaurant has long been a cornerstone of Coronado. Husband and wife, Cristos and Jeannette Stavros, opened Primavera in 1989. Following Cristos’ passing, Jeannette and their daughter, Denise Stavros, have been operating the restaurant since 2014. Prior to the order for restaurants to close, Primavera has had some of its best years, yet.

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In observance of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 25, 2020, EDCO will not be performing residential collection services, and all buyback centers and customer service offices will remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the Memorial Day holiday, collection w…

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Coronado skies showcase some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. If you have captured this artistry with your camera, the Coronado Chamber of Commerce would love to see your photographs, with a view to featuring them on the stunning new Coronado Visitor Center website.

The brand new design by Raindrop Marketing is launching this summer

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This week the City of Coronado begins processing applications from Tier 2 businesses as part of their $2 million Lifeline Loan program, designed to offer support to local businesses impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

Approximately 270 Coronado businesses are classed as Tier 2 but, in order to be eligible, the business in question must pay sales tax to the state of California. For example, a service-based business like a hair salon or yoga studio would also need to sell products to customers, and collect sales tax on those items. Professional or personal services that do not sell any products are not eligible for this loan. For example, a real estate office that does not charge sales tax, would not be eligible.

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Dan Gensler, Founder and President of Coronado, California-based wealth management and financial planning firm, the Gensler Group, was named to the 2020 edition of the Financial Times (FT) 400 Top Financial Advisers. The annual list recognizes top financial advisers from across the United States.

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Acts of kindness happen every day, although they may not be witnessed or spoken of. During the COVID-19 pandemic it seems that these acts of kindness happen more often.

In this case at the Coronado Retirement Village, whose mission is caring for others, a number of things happened in the past month which show the amount of caring that goes on at the facility.

The Village Executive Director and Licensee Rajni Kharbanda explained that by March 13 the facility had already taken precautions with social distancing and had notified families, cancelled entertainers and outside vendors, stopped all outside appointments and started ordering supplies.