Sometime this week, walk to Ocean Boulevard and stand at the south end, facing toward north. Because there is no parking now, you will be able to see the open, incredible view that in so many ways came to define Coronado. You can take in the wide stretch of sand with the ocean’s lapping waves, the great promontory of Point Loma, the flight pathway onto North Island, the birthplace of naval aviation. Even the seawall, installed after the devastating storm of 1905 that literally washed the boulevard away, can now be seen in its entirety, a ribbon of rocks that guards the beautiful beach.
I say this because I think how terrific it would be to have this open, historic corridor preserved against parking from now on, if only perhaps on the ocean side. I understand this area falls under the jurisdiction of the Coastal Commission, but if we worked together, might not we perhaps persuade them that this unique and extraordinary vista is a gift to visitor and local alike and is worth the sacrifice of some parking spaces.