I'm sure everyone in Coronado has walked the boardwalk from the El Camino building to the Hotel Del. There are several nice benches along the boardwalk too where one can sit and enjoy the view of Point Loma and the activities on Coronado Beach. Have you noticed, however, that the city of Coronado has posted HUGE signs directly in front of some of the benches, ruining the view of Point Loma if you choose to sit and relax on one of the benches?  Each bench is typically 5-10 feet or so away from a stairwell so it would have been possible to have put the sign by the stairwell where everyone could read it as they went down to the beach or as they walked along the boardwalk. However, instead, several of these signs are smack in front of the benches. I have no quarrel with the signs, per se, as their content is important; I just don't understand their location. For example, the two benches directly north of the El Camino building (not the one in front of the building, thankfully, but the two up from that one) have big signs directly in front of them.  Why would anyone deliberately ruin the view of Point Loma in this manner? It makes no sense to me. Is there any way this can be fixed?

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Comment by Ashley J on January 16, 2012 at 4:16pm

Interesting! Im going to have to go down there and check out what you're talking about. You're right, that makes no sense!

Comment by Michael Vaughan on January 17, 2012 at 8:54am


Comment by Carrie Anne Inada Downey on January 17, 2012 at 9:18am

I will look into the placement.  Often it is because it is more secure, or away from private property but there could be another place that meets the same requirements.  I'll get back to the post.



Comment by Mayor Casey Tanaka on January 17, 2012 at 12:27pm

I must admit that I missed reading this article yesterday, but to Carrie Downey's credit, she has already contacted our City Manager to seek out a more detailed response to the reasoning behind these signs and to see if we can mitigate this impact on views. Thank you to Lorraine for speaking up about this problem!

Comment by Mayor Casey Tanaka on January 17, 2012 at 1:39pm

Our City Manager responded back to the City Council at noon today that the signs recently erected were designed to communicate the City's rules with regard to the beach and that the locations selected were seen as entry points onto the beach. The signs that have created view obstructions will now be relocated in light of the comments shared by Lorraine and in light of Councilwoman Downey's follow up with city officials.

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Comment by Lorraine Hermann on January 17, 2012 at 2:48pm

Dear Mayor Tanaka and Councilwoman Downey, Thank you for your fast follow-up and for the great news that the city will relocate the view-obstructing signs. Everyone who enjoys the Coronado Beach boardwalk thanks you! Coronado has many spectacular views along the boardwalk - the amazing photo of the full moon setting over the Pacific Ocean posted yesterday on eCoronado is one such example. Now we will all (walking and seated) be able to enjoy them.    

Comment by Donna Alexander on January 17, 2012 at 7:33pm

My thanks to Lorraine Hermann!!

Comment by Chris Toogood on January 18, 2012 at 6:34am

Good job everyone.... Gotta love Coronado... and ecoronado. Cheers

Comment by Pamela McCollum on January 23, 2012 at 4:23pm

Wow. Good to hear that the city will jump right on this issue. It's not like anyone actually reads the signs or follows the rules if they do read them, so it probably doesn't matter where they're located. As a full-time resident of Ocean Blvd I can tell you that I have seen just about every one of those rules broken (including the one banning nudity), and some of them on an almost nightly basis. Coronado is a great place to live, and the beach is a big draw for EVERYONE. Unfortunately, some people just can't enjoy it without spoiling it for others. I would love it if we didn't have to deal with party buses idling in front of the house and drunk people running around screaming and laughing (or even fighting) at 1 or 2 in the morning. There aren't as many now (the bad economy maybe?), but the ones that do still come are just as noisy as ever. There are people on the beach every night. I see dogs and kites frequently. Most people just wait until the lifeguards go home and then they can do what they want........and boy do they ever. Unfortunately, no sign will ever fix that.

Comment by Chuck Sihler on January 23, 2012 at 8:53pm


Be verythankfull that you live in a city where the Council actually listens to its citizens - some Citys would refer your comments  to the Public Works Department, who most probably posted the signs, they would refer the comment  to Police [enforcement of the rules]; forward to Planning Commission for study [to determine if in fact the signs really did block someone's view] = a year of study and contemplation!  It would appear that the issue will be resolved shortly, if our Coucil stays on top of it

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