California State Beaches Ban Bonfires

If you have a short attention span, see the video now.

California State Beaches ban bonfires, how smart they are to realize and take action on this issue! We’ve been telling the City of Coronado to do the same thing, as well as help them to strengthen Municipal Ordinances regarding fires at the beach since they haven’t “pulled their heads out of the sand” over the reality of what has been happening.

All that the City of Coronado did was follow what the City of San Diego does like the good leemings they are, even looking at their ordinances and how they’re written, and then tailoring them to meet their needs.

We believe the City of Coronado should continue to wake up and follow the State of California like the lemmings that they are, and ban fires from the beaches in Coronado. You can see the NBC 7 news story of the California State Beach bonfire ban here.

Just like you see in NBC 7’s news story where people are talking about pallets leaving behind tons of dangerous nails in the sand, and fire char left burning to the risk of beachgoers being burnt, we also have been telling the City of Coronado the same things.

And even after over four years of photo and video documentation with 61+ short videos showing the dangers and destruction to the beach, the City of Coronado still doesn’t get it. The State of California does!

When will the City of Coronado fully wake up on this issue? They think that they have it under control. This Summer, like over the last two they are going to rely on Elite Security Guards at the beach to enforce the new ordinances defining what can and cannot be burned, how and where.

All the City of Coronado is doing with this action is acknowledging that Coronado Police Department cannot handle this issue on their own! We even have a CPD Officer admitting as much in this video. Scrub the video to minute 5:00 to hear him admit publicly this fact.

We’ve been telling the City of Coronado, Police Chief and City Manager this for some time now. We’ve been telling the City Servant-Leaders that the issue isn’t something specific to Coronado, but is happening up and down the entire Southern California Coastline, and is caused by the increase in population that goes to the beach. These problems have gotten markedly worse over the past dozen years or so because of the greater numbers of people going to the beaches. We have more people burning fires wherever they want, every day of the week, every week, of every month from April all the way through September and into October even.

When is the City of Coronado going to wake up and see that this policy of allowing fires to be burned at the beach no longer works because the increased demands on the resources are not being met or balanced by City Services (Law Enforcement, Cleanup Crews). It has gotten to a point now where it is out of control still, even after stepping up ordinances and adding Elite Security. People are still lighting fires directly in the sand and/or dumping their charcoal and fire char from their fire BBQs and store bought fire receptacles directly in the sand; even more dangerous is that they are covering over these fires in the sand to become hidden dangers! We’ve also said before that fire char and charcoal are not compatible materials with sand, that these materials do not degrade or decompose in any natural way that is compatible with the sand. All that is happening with all of these people burning and leaving their charcoal and fire char waste behind in the sand is altering the natural state of the sand permanently! What part about this does the City of Coronado not get? The State of California gets it!

 

City of Coronado Action Center?; Coronado Complaints

Ever wonder how to make an official complaint to the City of Coronado? Making official Coronado complaints are easy! How many of you know about the Action Center button on the City of Coronado’s website? It can be found in the upper right corner of the webiste, or it can be found by going here: https://www.coronado.ca.us/egov/apps/action/center.egovAccording to Barbara T. Denny, Esq., Coronado City Councilwoman 2009-2014, bdoing so, you create an indisputable “paper trail” that strips away the favored defense of “plausible deniability” from city elected officials and bureaucrats so the problem must be acknowledged because it’s undeniable.  Doing so also helps Coronado officials and employees of good faith understand and quantify the magnitude of the problem.  Finally, your “work orders” through the Action Center serve as an important category of your evidence that helps you make your case on certain issues when you need assistance from people in authority who are outside Coronado.

City of Coronado Overlooking Cleanup of Fire Debris

Two days ago we captured with video the destruction of the City of Coronado’s Beach showing trash and fire debris left behind by a combination of careless beachgoers and a complete lack of law enforcement. Today we went back to enjoy the beach yet again during the morning time but were faced with seeing that the fire debris was not cleaned up! Under the inept City Management of Blair King, beach cleanup crews picked up trash and emptied trash cans but did not cleanup fire debris anywhere on the beach that we identified in the video of August 17, 2015.

So here it is folks, here’s what they have been allowing to happen, here’s how they care for the the City of Coronado’s number one resource, Coronado Beach. For two years now have been documenting what is going on and they still don’t ‘get it.’ The video and pictures don’t lie, please take the time to watch both videos to see what is happening to the beach/sand environment.

What does this say about Coronado City Council and City Manager Blair King’s priorities and values when they continue to allow beach fires to be burned inside and outside of fire rings, and all up and down the beach? What is the purpose of having fire rings when they are allowing so many fires to burn outside of the fire rings against Coronado Municipal Code fire ring ordinance? Go on, take a look at the videos, the evidence is there. Mind you, our documentation efforts have been focused on the North Beach area since we have time to canvas only that area. It is a big beach and it takes time to shoot, edit, process and upload video. We’re not even capturing all of the damage that is being done, but the videos in this post are definitely representative of the destruction that is being allowed on daily/weekly basis. Fire must now be banned from the beach to preserve the natural sand quality. Char is being allowed to be mixed in at an alarming rate. You can go to the North Beach fire rings area and see areas of sand that are reddish or ashen in color now, and the general area’s sand color is being altered. This is not how you treat a No.1 resource that consistently gets rated highly as being one of the best beaches to visit! You can see all of the videos here.

Judging by the turnout (approximately 80 people ) at last night’s Coronado City Council meeting, it is becoming overwhelmingly apparent that residents are fed up with the City Council’s obvious focus and priority of putting ‘visitors over residents’ with wanting to spend $100,000 on studying the Multi-use shared Bike Path. The large turnout was greatly improved with efforts by Save Our Beach Coronado. We only hope that residents also see the related destruction of the beach with trash and fire debris out of control and show equal passion for keeping the sand clean, safe, and liability free.

August 19th, 2005

August 17, 2005

 

Multi-use Shared Bike Path Will Increase Trash, Fire Debris on Coronado Beach

Planning to spend $100,000 dollars to study a Multi-use shared Bike Path on the beach is a bad idea for a number of reasons. Building it is an even worse idea! The City of Coronado can’t keep the beach clean, so how do they think that attracting more people to the beach, and along a concrete path will keep it any cleaner?

The Coronado Police Department and Beach Cleanup Crew are understaffed for enforcement and beach maintenance. The City of Coronado is currently in the practice of limiting many of the beach cleanup crew to less than 1000 hours of work annually to avoid paying benefits. By the time the Spring comes around many of them are off the work schedule as the beach traffic picks up with party & fire ring visitors beginning in April and going non-stop through the middle of October. The City of Coronado’s new fiscal year starts July 1st, so basically there is a very harmful shortage of beach cleanup crew workers on top of the full-season shortage of workers, for a full three, critical months of the Spring and beginning of Summer. Our talks with these workers are consistent with most of them saying a few more crew members would help in doing a better job at cleaning the beach.

The Beach Cleanup Crew does not have adequate sand-cleaning capabilities. Screens that are used to sift the sand, whether by hand or machine, are too coarse and do not separate fire and other non-sand debris well enough from the sand to maintain or even restore a natural beach state. The beach sand already is altered significantly around and adjacent to the fire rings, as well as at other spot areas all along the beach. Significant fire debris and trash get easily covered over and buried, and easily overlooked. As a result, the sand is accumulating debris at a very rapid rate and being ruined.

Allowing fires and BBQs at the beach creates a liability issue for the City and a hazard for anyone, especially when enforcement is almost non-existent. Children and adults are put at risk of being burned, poked, or cut from burning/smoldering fires, nails, shards of wood, and glass. Even though ordinances are in place and have been refined in the past year violations persist on a daily basis. Throughout the day into beach closure at 11 p.m., enforcement is next to non-existent, this is why we are repeatedly finding trash everywhere on the beach, including glass, fires still burning, fire debris outside of the fire rings, nails in the sand, and fires that were made outside of the fire rings, at times with coals or fire char still hot or smoldering, and at times covered over with sand in an apparent attempt to put it out. Wind also contributes to blowing sand over them and so they can be easily overlooked and at times forgotten. Sight unseen, this creates a hazard. Fires still visibly burning are a hazard particularly to children. Again, almost non-existent enforcement is the reason why we are able to document two years worth of video and pictures substantiating these claims. The video and pictorial documentation can be found at www.coronadocleanbeach.com and https://vimeo.com/user20445263

The City of Coronado does not have “internal controls to measure success,” over beach cleanliness, but the documentation found at these websites serves as the only comprehensive body of evidence.

Neither the Coronado Police Department nor the Beach Cleanup Crew can keep up with the demands on the resources. We have on video a 17 year CPD veteran Officer candidly saying he knows the situation at the beach well and that they (CPD) can’t handle it all (enforcement). You can see that video here: https://vimeo.com/132370997

In a phone complaint with CPD Sgt. Heimer on August 15, 2015 at 9:55 a.m., we reported about several pallets in a parked truck at North Beach, and one individual who was taking apart a pallet with a hammer while on the beach at a fire ring (approx. 9:40 a.m.); in the conversation Sgt. Heimer communicated that they’re [“going to advise visitors that they can’t have pallets on the beach but they’re not going to make them remove them… that they’re going to be light-handed… but if they advise them and then later see them with the pallet(s) on the beach then they will consider citing them”]. He said he needed to take a closer look at the ordinance. Prior to phoning the complaint, we had talked with the individual who was beginning to dismantle the pallet, stopped him from doing so, and learned from him that he was told by a City worker in a truck that “nails were not allowed on the beach,” and that he drove away. The individual was understanding and in agreement and said he would remove the pallet. So how did this guy come to realize that he could dismantle the pallet while on the beach? This confusion should never be happening. Why are people still coming to the beach with pallets? The City should be spending money and time on getting the word out better through PR Releases, News and radio!

We interpret the ordinance amendment to mean that if a pallet(s) are on the beach that they must be immediately removed from the beach and placed back into the vehicles that brought them there, not left on the sidewalk or anywhere else for the public to repeat violation of the ordinance! We are absolutely for light-handed, trust-building enforcement which means that officers built trust by being friendly, but take names, and stay present until the wood is removed and placed back into the vehicles they came from. We’re not advocating a heavy-handed, write-citations-every-chance-you-get type of enforcement. Clearly, an ‘advise-and-leave’ method isn’t working! The City’s enforcement policies need to be more than “I’m cool, I’m your buddy advice and then leave” type of enforcement. That isn’t working, that isn’t effective!

Now that the weather is unusually warmer on an annual basis because of climate changes, fire ring usage goes up anytime we have warmer days and nights during the Winter as well. Usage of the fire rings is at an all-time high and growing as each year more and more people turn out to the beach. There has been some improvement to existing ordinances and cleanliness, but both are still lacking and enforcement of ordinances over fires, pallets, trash, dogs out of zone, is almost never enforced! In fact, CPD Chief Jon Frogmen released Beach Citation Data from 1/1/2013 – 10/31/2014 that shows a total of five citations were written—(2) two for unlawful camping/lodging, (2) two for smoking, and (1) one for glass on the beach, and (0) ZERO for anything having to do with fires or trash, or dogs outside of zone! Mayor Casey Tanaka said that [“We could definitely use more enforcement”] in 2014 during a City Council meeting over these very issues. Where is the increased enforcement Mayor Tanaka? What’s changed? An update to ordinances? More signage? Elite security at the beach entrance? A limited Peace Officer at the beach Thurs thru Sunday? None of it seems to be very effective.

How is it that we are still documenting the same fire and trash abuse at the beach?! Coronado Police Officers are not enforcing, they may be ‘advising’ but it should be clear that they are not enforcing ordinances. There is a big difference between ‘advising’ and ‘enforcing’ ordinances, and enforcement doesn’t necessarily have to include writing citations. And telling beach visitors they can’t do this or that and then walking or driving away does nothing; the people turn around and continue doing what they were advised not to do! If actual enforcement and citations were being made it would then send a clear message to the Public!

A simple understanding of Coronado beach’s physical size should elucidate for anyone with common sense that it’s size creates for more difficult tactics and logistics for enforcement and maintenance. For example, compared to City of San Diego beaches, the depth of Coronado’s beach is 3x to 4x deeper. So, there is an enormous difference in area to enforce and maintain! With such understaffing, lack of adequate equipment and enforcement, coupled with even greater demand on the beach, the care, cleanup and enforcement of the beach will become even more difficult if a multi-use bike path is installed. How is it that the City is going to all of a sudden come up with more money for annual salaries to adequately handle the increase in beach traffic?

The bike path will only invite more visitors and with parking hard to come by it will only get worse with people transporting their bikes over here to ride the route. The new ease of access will encourage beach visitors to use the bike path to transport their BBQs and party-ware in greater number and frequency. So will the City now be promoting fires, BBQs and parties all up and down the beach, beyond the fire rings? We’ll have people biking or transporting by beach-wagon their firewood, charcoal, BBQ fixings’ and party-ware out all along the beach, the whole friend & family-posse in tow helping out—only increasing the quantity of fires, BBQs and trash! Trash will also accumulate alongside the bike path, it will increase all kinds of activity, and more trash! The sand dunes will become more used and worn. The City allows fires and BBQs on the entire stretch of beach but have fire receptacles only at the North Beach fire rings? Great, as a solution let’s litter the beach with even more fire receptacles promoting even more fires all over the beach, yeah, this will go great with the Multi-use shared Bike Path! Yah right… Is the City prepared to also increase annual enforcement and cleanup staff along with the expense of a multi-million dollar party/event/BBQ/fire and trash promoting Multi-use shared Bike Path?

Has adequate attention been given to the outfalls along the beach? NO. Would this be part of the $100,000 study? Building over or across these will come with high costs and complications for approval of.

How is it that there is no smoking on the beach but fires are allowed? Since when did the air quality of fires become healthier than cigarettes?

The Beach is Coronado’s number one resource. Start giving to it the care and attention it deserves. Start giving it the care and attention that we give our treasured National Parks!

Start paying more attention to what the resident taxpayers need and want; visitors come to the beach, place huge demands on it, and leave it trashed. We don’t think anyone who lives on Coronado wants anymore of that. Beach fires are altering the natural state and color of the sand, the natural environment, in a way that is very hard to correct. This is amplified by the hordes of people that now visit burning their fires and leaving their trash all over the place, almost year round now. We have visitors now staking claim to fire rings as early as 8 a.m. during the Summer! There is enormous demand for fires on the beach! Consequently, they trash the beach and pollute the sand beyond adequate cleanup and enforcement resources all at the cost of resident taxpayers?! It is not wise to misuse resident taxpayer money for the benefit of visitors! A new approach must be taken to preserve the natural sand environment for the long-term, not continue to allow it to be destroyed for the priority of the visitors and an increase in commercial activity on the beach.

DO NOT be suckered into believing that the City will limit this Multi-use shared Bike Path to only bike and pedestrian traffic. It is a ‘Trojan horse’ for allowing small and large trucks, and ATVs on the path like they are allowing on the new path in front of the Hotel Del. Inserting the phrase ‘bike path’ and having it planned by the Bike Committee is only a ruse for more commercial activity. Soon enough the City will be allowing all kinds of commercial activity to unload/load equipment and party hardware conflicting with its use as a bike and pedestrian path! Please realize that the City is lying about its proposed use!

This Multi-use shared Bike Path ‘trojan horse’ is a bad idea! The City needs to drop that idea and work at becoming competent and consistent at keeping the beach clean, safe, liability-free, and preserved for generations to come before willfully and recklessly altering its natural state for the benefit of visitors to use as a trash can and ashtray, and cause an increase in traffic and parking space competition. A good start would be to ban all cooking and fires on the beach! That would solve a lot of problems including saving the City money. People will still enjoy the beach just the same with packing their food into a cooler or backpack, no problem. The Multi-use shared Bike Path mostly benefits visitors to the detriment of the environment, and promotes more environmental destruction of the natural state of the beach, because let’s face it, the City of Coronado so far is inept with maintaining and enforcing the beach, and preserving its natural beauty. The videos and pictures are proof. Mayor Tanaka once said on television news not long ago that “We do things differently here in Coronado.” It’s time for the City to continue to live up to that thinking and do something that hasn’t been done before with regard to keeping the beach clean, safe and liability-free.

 

Coronado Beach Fire Rings – Ordinance Not Enforced

*Short videos below

It has been a little over a year since we last reported on the Coronado Beach fire rings issue. Due to our video and photographic documentation along with promptings from concerned citizens at Coronado City Council meetings, the City responded in the Spring of 2014 with updating ordinances and signage over fires at the beach, adding that wood must be ‘clean wood’ with no metal, and not allowing fire material to exceed 12″ inches above the lip of the fire ring or receptacle that a fire is burning in. To help with enforcement, for the Summer of 2014 they hired Elite Security, stationing one security guard at North Beach to keep beachgoers from taking pallets and other wood with metal to the fire rings. They also provided a dumpster placed by the end of the rocks there for debris that isn’t allowed to be burned to be deposited.

This brought some improvement over the Summer but throughout the Summer and for the remainder of the year we were still seeing fires outside of the fire rings, firewood being burned that isn’t allowed under the new ordinance, and plenty of nails both inside and outside of the fire rings. We believe that a lack of enforcement and poor city management is the main reason why. The following videos demonstrate that effective enforcement is not happening. Beach cleanup crews are not to blame, poor law enforcement and poor city management are to blame. Before the new ordinance additions, Coronado Police Department told us that their hands were tied, that they couldn’t enforce ‘unclean wood’ (with metal, paint, varnishes) because there was nothing in the ordinance that allowed them to. Now what is their excuse?

Recently, on June 15, 2015 we contacted Coronado Police Department dispatch and made a verbal complaint of there being 3-4 pallets (not burning) at the first fire ring at North Beach. They said that they would send Officers to that area, and they did. We returned about 30 minutes later to find that after the Officer(s) visited the fire rings that the pallets were still there. Why didn’t CPD have the beachgoers remove the pallets (with nails) from the beach? Later, on June 23, 2015 we communicated with Commander Ochoa from CPD in phone and email correspondence about this. Commander Ochoa followed up by checking dispatch recordings and responded by email saying,

Our officers were dispatched [June 15] 7:25 PM. And our (3) officers arrived at 7:29 PM. Officers made contact with several groups and advised them of the municipal code.  The groups were cooperative with us and thus were not cited for the violation.

The group(s) may have been cooperative but when we returned to North Beach the pallets were not removed, and we had seen CPD driving away from the beach. When we responded via email to Commander Ochoa and asked why the Officers did not have the pallets removed, we received no response. The Commander does not say or mention at all in his email comment above that the pallets were removed. Our opinion is that they are not enforcing the ordinances over the fire rings area and you can see evidence of our claim in the videos below that show a chronology of violations of the fire rings area. We didn’t document every day that we could, that isn’t possible in our busy, daily life, but we can tell you that we have seen plenty more that we did not document. None of this should be happening, ever, if the ordinances were regularly enforced and if citations were written. In fact, not a single citation has been written at Coronado Beach in the past two years for beach fire violations. Coronado Police Chief Jon Froomin emailed us beach citation data spanning a period from 1-1-2013 to 1-10-2014 that contains two citations for camping on the beach, two for smoking, and one for glass, that’s it… and NONE for illegal fires or trashing the beach, or burning wood that isn’t ‘clean.’ How is it that we can have so much video of clear evidence of violations and not a single citation has ever been written over the fires? How hard is it to see a fire on the sand at night? Why isn’t CPD actively enforcing and citing those that light fires outside of the fire rings, and that bring wood down that has nails or other metal materials in it? It isn’t the beach cleanup crew’s job to enforce the new ordinances, they are there the next morning to clean up the mess. Lifeguards could help but that’s not their primary duty, and they are off the clock by nightfall. So that leaves Coronado Police Department to enforce the ordinances, day and night. Why aren’t they doing that? Why isn’t City Management on top of this? Their solutions to the problem are not working, the use of the fire rings and fires on the beach are out of control.

See Chronology of Videos Below:

#1 – September 14, 2014

#2 – September 14, 2014

#3 – September 14, 2014

September 30, 2014

#1 – October 7, 2014

#2 – October 7, 2014

June 9, 2015

June 15, 2015

* Stay tuned we have more recent videos being posted sometime soon.

WARNING: City of Coronado Endangers Surfers / Swimmers After Rainfalls

Warning to all surfers, swimmers, visitors and tourists who enter the water at Coronado’s beach breaks. The County of San Diego recommends that you stay out of the water for 72 hours after rainfall ends (see PDF file). You can see coastal risks and learn more at the County of San Diego Beach Water Quality website.

There are serious reasons for following these advisories from the County. Take for example the recent death of this Sunset Cliffs local surfer.

Some may not like the title of this post but it is true and accurate. While we would like to think that the City of Coronado cares, their actions speak louder than words. Last year Coronado Clean Beach members met with City Parks & Rec. Supervisors and past City Engineer Matt Little to discuss sorely needed procedures when rainfall occurs. City Council and City Management knew of this informal meeting.

Generally speaking, we have two effluent systems on Coronado—sewage and storm drain.  Technically raw sewage stays in the sewer pipe and is pumped to Point Loma, however the storm drain catch basins we are talking about in this article are never pumped unless we have “flooding” or a rainfall of .1 inch or greater.

Currently, it is the City’s practice to Force Majeure pump roughly 132,000+ gallons of raw effluent that sits in the storm drains in the Country Club Estates area when rainfalls occur. Yes, you are reading this correctly… when it rains they will intentionally turn on the pump adjacent to Dog Beach to discharge directly onto the beach and into the ocean effluent that sits stagnant for long periods of time in the storm drain catch basins of the Country Club Estates area.

This water  may percolate for months with dog feces, leafs, road oils, fertilizer (man made or natural), dead animals, car chemicals in it all causing a highly contaminated condition including breeding mosquitoes that potentially carry West Nile virus. The beach storm drain outfalls from East to West are: North Beach, Pine Street, G Avenue, Loma Avenue, South Beach RH Dana & Ocean Blvd.

Not only is the Coronado Ave storm drain catch basin system pumped but the other systems are known to be dumped onto the beach as well, potentially totaling upwards of 300,000+ gallons of raw effluent. Now, we don’t exactly know the frequency and breadth of this alternate discharge, but is does occur without posting of signs that would warn the public.

Coronado Clean Beach members have brought this issue up to Coronado City Council Leaders many times. In brief, the effluent in the Country Club Estates is created by the natural Artesian spring found roughly at the area separating Coronado from the Naval Base in that residential area. Now we’re not going to go into that sub-issue at length here, suffice it to say that it is the cause of the storm drain system water in that area to constantly fill up to heights level with the street—just go visit the storm drains at Acacia and Coronado Ave any day of the week to see what we mean. They fill back up within 24 hours after the City of Coronado does their sly Force Majeure.

Over one of our last big rains that started Feb 12th 2014, the general advisory went into effect after the rain but on the 15th a far more stronger condition of “avoid water contact” was posted on SDBEACHINFO because of the TJ River and raw sewage (human) was flowing on that day and contaminating all of the Silver Strand including Coronado. Note, Ave Del Sol is the sampling point for the County along with a couple others going down to Imperial Beach.  It was not until 5-7 days after the 15th that the County lifted the stronger condition having sampled the water daily. But Coronado never posted the beach at any time from the 12th to almost the 21st, and should have from the 15th forward.  People were swimming during this period but no announcement was made from the beach.

The main message here is to stay safe and follow San Diego County advisories because the City of Coronado does not adequately post signs when they knowingly pump effluent onto the beach from these pump stations, or when there is hazardous effluent drifting up to Coronado from the TJ River. The meeting with City Directors was to get them to understand that they need to be doing more for the safety of the Public, they agreed it was a good idea. Matt Little is no longer there and we believe that the ‘baton’ did not get passed along. However, there were / are others in the know and a safer practice for the Public is still not being implemented.

So we ask that you be aware of this regular practice by the City of Coronado when it rains, and follow the County’s recommendations, and especially so when Coronadoans are so close to the Tijuana Sloughs. When you visit  the County of San Diego Beach Water Quality website you will see what we mean.

We also ask the City of Coronado to finally put in place a standing order protocol to put up warning signs each time they turn on the pump stations or when San Diego County advisories occur for the region so closely tied with the Tijuana River Estuarine Environment. Not doing so only puts surfers and swimmers at risk. In addition, TOURIST/VISITORS have no idea about the 72 hour recommendation and as a city that reaps heaps of money from them we believe that we should be mindful of their health.

Elite Private Security to Enforce Coronado’s New Fire Rings Ordinances?

The City of Coronado has decided to use the private security company Elite Security to patrol and enforce new Coronado Beach Fire Ring’s Ordinances instead of having Coronado Police Department do the work. Coronado Police Department is overseeing Elite Security and provides them with a phone to contact Coronado Police Department. They are scheduled to be there from 5pm to 11pm daily throughout the Summer.

Already, Elite Security is facing challenges from beach visitors at the fire rings. We spoke with one of their security guards at North Beach and the individual told us that they are facing people who are non-compliant and who are compliant but who later on in the evening pull illegal wood they were asked to remove from the fire rings, back down to the fire rings to burn. Illegal wood is being placed by the sidewalk and this now looks likes trash. The City of Coronado’s poor planning on this is causing the illegal wood to appear this way–they are providing no receptacle for Elite Security or Beach Visitors to deposit the illegal wood into.

We think it’s a bad idea to have private security to do the job that Coronado Police should be doing. At night, what if the one security guard they have down there each day is attacked in the dark by a hostile fire ring visitor?

What are your thoughts on this Coronado?

Q&A on the Fire Rings

Municipal Code: 48.04.120 Waste, refuse, etc. – Fires.

C. It shall be unlawful for any person to build, maintain, or kindle a fire on any public beach, except in a City provided fire circle, or except as otherwise provided herein. It shall also be permissible to build a fire in a portable barbecue or other similar device. The coals from said barbecue or device shall be deposited in an official fire circle or hot coal container. A fire in a fire circle or portable barbecue shall be used only to build beach fires for cooking or warmth, and it shall be unlawful to use the same as incinerators to burn rubbish and waste materials. The materials used for fires on the public beach shall not exceed a height of 12 inches above the upper edge of the fire circle or portable barbecue and shall be contained within the inside edge of the fire circle or portable barbecue.

D. It shall be unlawful for any person to burn in any such fire circle, barbecue, or device landscape debris, paint, stain, sealer, wood preservative, cloth, rubber, metal (including nails and other hardware), asphalt, foam rubber, plastic, or any similar matter or material inconsistent with San Diego County Air Pollution Control District restrictions and leaving any type of solid residue other than ash.

E. It is unlawful for any person to abandon any lawful fire upon any beach area without first having extinguished the fire. The ashes thereof, however, shall not be covered. All unburned wood shall be removed or placed in trash cans or receptacles provided therefor, so that the beach is left in a clean, sanitary, and presentable condition.

Coronado City Council Votes on Regulations and Direction of Fire Rings

On January 7th Coronado City Council voted on Regulations and Direction of the fire rings. You can watch this section of the meeting and see what they and the Public had to say, and how they voted. Uh, we’re sorry Mayor Tanaka, it does require drastic action. We have two distinctly different Coronado’s, one during the Summer and one during the off-Summer season, and the chief difference is the number of people. Mayor Tanaka’s stand that the beach issues at had doesn’t need “drastic” action is a classic example of someone trying to cover up reality. Folks, this is your Mayor of the last five years! It has ONLY ever been his leadership and City Management’s leadership that has allowed the beach to be overrun as it has been. And no, Mayor Tanaka, this fire ring issue isn’t something that happened over just one Summer, it has been increasing problematically for a number of years… uhhh, specifically over your Mayoral position! To be most accurate, this Summer was the worst ever. Why did it take photos and video on Coronado Clean Beach to get their attention?! For many years, City Council and Management have been ignorant to caring for the beach. You got one thing right, Mayor Tanaka, there absolutely could be more enforcement, an improvement on enforcement. However, hiring what amount to be the equivalent of “Mall Security” isn’t the answer, and you voted on this basis? Yes, you heard that right, they voted for a vague, uncertain direction. Why so cheap Mayor Tanaka? Is it because you gave $330+ thousand dollars to the School District from the Public Funds while all this trashing of the beach was happening under your ignorance? Is it because you now want to put a full-time Coronado Police Officer at Coronado High School for security? Isn’t that the School District’s responsibility? What, do we have gang members now at Coronado High School?This is just the type of ineptitude Coronado Clean Beach has been exposing. What the City of Coronado needs is a full time Seasonal Team of Beach Law Enforcement Professionals like the City of San Diego has to be effective with the hordes of people that come to the beach, and they need to actually make contact with beachgoers all day and night, and write tickets, all so that beachgoers get the picture that they can no longer come to Coronado and do what they have been doing.

City Leadership Still Allowing Fires Outside of Fire Rings

Coronado City Council Leadership and Management is still allowing fires outside of the fire rings to occur. We’re proud of where we live but not when those responsible for keeping clean continue to allow others trash over and over. This latest coverage is nearby Coronado’s North Beach fire rings and happened about a month after Coronado City Management executed a beach cleanup action plan to cleanup the fire rings. When are they going to learn?

Coronado Cleans Fire Ring Debris?!

Coronado City Leaders and Management execute “action plan,” cleaning fire ring debris?! That’s right, right before Thanksgiving City Leaders created and executed an “action plan” to clean the North Beach Fire Rings area. If you think that the problem is solved, you’re wrong. There’s more to the story… we’ll have a new post with videos on this very soon.

Video > November 20, 2013 Rusty Nails in Sand

November 20, 2013-Coronado Fire Rings. Rusty nails in the sand still, now months after Coronado City Council was notified of this debris in the sand. The City Council Members and City Manager obviously do not go to the beach and inspect this stuff, ever, even after they have been notified. This is a direct reflection of their values, of how they value the beach. Well, Councilmember Barbara Denny gets it at least. Coronado City Councilmembers will however tour elite boat docks for a 2.7 million dollar remodel, or give the School District roughly $330,000 dollars when their hands are out, or spend 1.3 Million dollars on roundabout rings for traffic flow, but when it comes to beach safety and health, beach natural habitat health, they fall waaay short. They even cut back on beach cleanup crew staffing hours. They sure can plan to spend millions on elite pleasure infrastructure and give handouts to their buddy-employers (Mayor Tanaka is a Coronado High School teacher) that will serve only a small to medium fraction of Coronado citizens while ignoring the number one resource (Coronado Beach) Coronado has—they are inept at taking care of what they do have for recreation for the greater Public. So sad their values are so misaligned. Oh yah, let’s not overlook City Manager Blair King’s salary of about $193,000 a year. And he does what to keep Coronado Beach clean and safe?!?

Videos > October 30, 2013. Nails and Fire Debris Cleaned at Coronado Fire Rings Area? No.

Are the nails and fire debris cleaned as Mayor Tanaka indicated in the Channel 10News story that aired October 16, 2013? Here’s the second airing with Mayor Tanaka’s response. We don’t think so; you be the judge. What was unearthed were many nails from the sand outside of the fire rings and ten inches deep. This is what happens when neglectful, uncaring leadership and management is in charge of keeping the beach safe, healthy and clean. The videos here now represent three months worth of documentation and after Coronado City Council Members were shared the content. Make sure you don’t miss any of these.

Coronado City Council Funding Schools with Public Service Funds; Negligence, Creating Serious Liability Issue for Beach Visitors

The Coronado City Council is allowing a very serious liability issue to grow and fester out of control with seemingly little to no care or action to remedy the problem.

On September 3rd, 2013 the City Council voted to fund the Coronado Unified School District with Public Service Funds in the amount of $330,590. The School District has its own funding source separate from the City, but  a majority of the City Council voted to give money that would otherwise be used for improving City Public Services. Members of Coronado City Council also wants to spend about an additional $100k to fund a Coronado Police Officer at the School. State law restricts the City’s ability to directly subsidize educational services provided by the school district.

Mayor Casey Tanaka, and Councilmembers Mike Woiwode and Richard Bailey voted yes for these ill-fit expenditures, while Al Ovrum and Barbara Denny voted no against them. What is this City Council thinking? Where are their priorities? It appears they are completely out of touch—they can’t even manage their most valuable resource—keeping the beach clean and safe. One wonders if they even set foot on the number one resource that brings the most people to Coronado, summer after summer, year after year—the beach! Because of the absolute lack of beach trash ordinance enforcement, and because the City allows pallets (as well as other things such as kitchen cabinets) to be brought down to the fire rings, visitors and locals are at increased, continual risk for stepping on splinters, large two inch long nails, and other sorts of debris, as well as putting them at risk for being burned as many fires are left still burning through the morning, both inside fire rings and in many locations outside of designated fire rings.

The following posts on this website exhibit factual evidence over about a month long period of time from July through August where little to nothing was being cleaned up off of the beach. All throughout the Summer fires were allowed to burn outside of fire rings and these areas were trashed beyond belief as well. All any common sense person has to see is the picture of the pile of nails to know this is extremely dangerous, and creates a serious liability for the City!

All Departments and City Council Members have been notified and yet little to nothing is being done about the problem? This brings a very serious liability issue to visitors and local alike. We think City Council should each be fined $3000 (the amount posted at the beach) for allowing this to go on throughout the Summer—they are the biggest violator of the trash ordinance for allowing it to get so out of control!

Why aren’t the hundreds of thousands of dollars of Public Service Funds being directed to making the beach safe for all visitors? That money should NOT be going to the School District! What do you think?

Be sure and see the posts with picture and video evidence!

Coronado Fire Rings, cont. #4; September 5, 2013

Coronado Fire Rings, cont. #3; August 12, 2013

Coronado Fire Rings #1; July 31st, 2013.