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Council seeking more details on plan for DM future

The Del Mar City Council continues to take a close look at the future of the city, inching toward a comprehensive plan for revitalization – but taking cautious steps toward its implementation.

Tourism marketing ordinance officially rescinded

On Sept. 22, the Del Mar City Council scrapped a controversial ordinance allowing for the formation of a tourism marketing district (TMD) in the city.

Committee extols virtue of solar power

Del Mar City Councilman Henry Abarbanel has long been a proponent of energy sufficiency for the city. In a list of goals presented to fellow council members at last year’s goal setting session Abarbanel’s number one goal read: “Fully participate, along with any regional efforts, in making Del Mar an energy sustainable city.

Officials praise summer beach alcohol ban

Del Mar’s summer beach alcohol ban, which was lifted the day after Labor Day, is being touted as a success in keeping the beach safe from overenthusiastic drinkers.

“There was a dramatic difference,” said Del Mar’s Community Services Director Pat Vergne. “There were virtually no problems, no brawls, no fights. I think we saw a lot more families and kids as a result.”

Del Mar residents OK Clean Water fees

Del Mar residents have given mail ballot approval to both new and existing utility rate charges associated with the city’s Clean Water Service.

Residents were asked to both ratify an existing five-year rate schedule in place since 2003 and approve a new rate hike to be implemented on July 1. 2009.

Miracle League welcomes teams at fall opener

Summer might be over, but America’s favorite warm weather pastime continues for hundreds of mentally and physically challenged local athletes. Last Saturday, the Miracle League of San Diego opened it fall season at San Dieguito County Park. On hand to welcome the league’s 10 competing teams was the San Diego Padres’ Friar mascot who supplied numerous high-fives and the ceremonial first pitch.

TOT worries addressed by council

Community confusion over the relationship between a Del Mar hotel tax ballot measure and a proposed hotel tourism-marketing district has prompted some backtracking on the part of the City Council.

At their Sept. 8 meeting, council members rescinded their initial approval of a transient occupancy tax ordinance considered a companion piece to a November ballot measure.

Riverview EIR OK’d by Planning Commission

The Del Mar Planning Commission granted approval to several key environmental components of the Riverview office project, on Sept. 9, including a certification of the project’s environmental impact report.

The project now heads to Del Mar’s Design Review Board (DRB) for various design-related approvals, most likely within the next two months.

School district begins search for a new home

Prompted by the sale of its Ninth Street or Shores property to the city of Del Mar, Del Mar Union School District trustees have taken initial steps to find a new home for their district offices.

At their Sept. 3 meeting, board trustees received a report from Carmel Valley architect Frisco White, mapping out in detail, estimates of space requirements for various district components and departments.

Long-awaited library expansion to commence

Two years after the project was first announced, the long-awaited expansion of the Del Mar Library was celebrated with a ceremonial groundbreaking on Sept. 4. On hand were various dignitaries including Del Mar Mayor David Druker, County Librarian Jose Aponte and County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, who along with her fellow supervisors granted $200,000 towards the $250,000 project.