Del Mar may sell a vacant, city-owned parcel, but neighbors contend that the property shouldn’t be developed.
Located on Hidden Pines Road, the land was formerly used as a water pump site. The Del Mar City Council on March 18, 2013 adopted a resolution with the intent to sell the land, and the Planning Commission on Jan. 14 declared the parcel in conformance with the city’s general plan. But neighbors located on each side of the 25-foot-wide, 127-foot-long space argue the plot is too small for development.
The Del Mar Union School District board held a workshop on Feb. 12 to hear progress on its developing facilities master plan, which sets a roadmap for the future with campus improvements such as removing portable classrooms for good, reconfiguring libraries into “innovation centers,” and modernizations. The board heard from parents about their reactions to proposed upgrades and reconfigurations at their school sites.
The Del Mar Mesa community planning board Feb. 13 approved construction plans for a property located north of Del Mar Mesa Road and West of Del Vino Court.
Del Mar Fairgrounds directors rejected an in-house proposal to bring a micro-brewery to the under-used Surfside Race Place in partnership with beer giant MillerCoors, instead directing staff to gauge the interest of local brewing companies in such a project.
The City of Del Mar is inviting residents to apply to be a member of the new Shores Park Master Plan Committee. The purpose of the committee is to provide oversight on the master planning process and provide community input for future development of the Shores Park.
The City currently owns the 5.3-acre parcel on 215/225 Ninth Street. In 2007, the City Council adopted a resolution that restricted the site to be used as open space and recreation and for the continued operation of the Winston School.
Solana Beach is the latest city to ban the use of electronic cigarettes.
In a 4-0 vote, the City Council on Feb. 12 amended the city’s existing smoking ordinance to include a ban on e-cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited. Councilman Mike Nichols was absent from the meeting.
“I’m convinced that a lot of the e-cigarettes are geared toward capturing youth and getting them involved and hooked on nicotine and tobacco,” said Councilman Peter Zahn, who brought the issue before the council. “This is something that isn’t good for our community or any community.”
Solana Beach residents will now be able to host larger parties with fewer restrictions at Fletcher Cove Community Center.
With all nine precincts counted, Proposition B was adopted by nearly 52 percent of voters Feb. 11, according to unofficial election results released by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters. The measure received 1,720 “Yes” votes and 1,593 “No” votes, easing restrictions on private parties at the facility, which overlooks the ocean at 133 Pacific Ave.
For the third year in a row, the Carmel Valley Middle School (CVMS) Bobcats won first place in the San Diego Science Olympiad competition on Feb 8 at Rancho Bernardo High School. The Bobcats sent six teams (90 kids) to the contest. Each school has creative names for their teams — the Bobcats were scientists: Einstein, Edison, Newton, Copernicus, Tesla and Darwin.
The City of Del Mar is investing nearly $1 million to enhance pedestrian accessibility through the installation of sidewalks, repair streets, and improve drainage in the Beach Colony area between 22nd Street and the San Dieguito River.
Construction is scheduled to begin in March 2014. The project, which is part of an effort to improve sidewalk connectivity City-wide over the next several years, includes construction of curb, gutter, and sidewalks on both sides of Camino del Mar, 20 pedestrian ramps, pavement rehabilitation, and landscape planting areas.
The Northwestern Division of the San Diego Police Department recently reported an increase in residential burglaries in the Del Mar Heights area. The department asks that residents call in any unfamiliar vehicles on the streets or other suspicious activity.
On Friday, Jan. 24, a residential burglary occurred on the 2100 block of Del Mayo Road during the late afternoon and evening hours. The suspect used an unlocked side door to gain entry and stole jewelry, cash and purses.