Happy 130th Birthday!

February 19, 2018

Happy 130th Birthday to the Hotel del Coronado!   On this day in Coronado history – February 19, 1888 – the Hotel del Coronado formally opened for business.

On January 18, 1887, Mrs. E.S. Babcock Jr., wife of the President of the Coronado Beach Company, cast the first shovel of dirt to start digging the foundation. However, construction did not begin until after the official March 1887 groundbreaking ceremony.  Eleven months after groundbreaking, the resort served its first meal on February 19, 1888, which became its “official” opening day.

1905-Seashells around the del_edit (640x416)Some interesting facts about Coronado’s Crown Jewel:

When the hotel first opened:

  • It operated on the American Plan, and three meals a day were included in the price of the room (a practice dating back to the days of the American tavern). At that time, Del room rates ranged from $2 to more than $3 per night, depending on season, length of stay, view, private bath, etc.
  • There was a separate dining room for children and their nannies. There was also a separate dining room for unescorted women, who may have felt uncomfortable dining in mixed company (it was considered improper for a woman to walk across a hotel dining room without an escort).
  • The hotel maintained exclusive liquor rights in Coronado.
  • Individual drinks could be delivered to guestrooms. Among those, gin fizzies, gin flips, and gin Rickies cost $.25 each; a pitcher of lemonade was $.75.
  • The hotel leased land on the Strand for a hog farm; the hogs were fed the hotel’s edible garbage.
  • During the Victorian era, a hotel was known by its chef, and the Hotel del Coronado was no exception. Chef Compagnon, who was born in Switzerland in 1840, received his training in Paris and was highly touted by The Del even before it opened its doors. Chef Compagnon was paid $200 per month (which included a furnished house near hotel grounds), making him the highest paid employee – by far – in the entire hotel. The next-highest paid employee was the assistant manager, who received only $125 a month; the “second cook” was paid $108.25 per month (both of these gentlemen probably lived in the hotel itself). As a point of reference, in 1888, common laborers were paid $2 per day, and a standard workday might be ten hours or more.

Happy Birthday to Coronado’s pride and joy!

 

EDCO Holiday Pick Up Schedule

February 18, 2018

EDCO Holiday Pick Up Schedule  – Residential collection service will not be performed on these holidays listed below and as a result, there will be a one day residential delay in service. 

Please set out waste and recycling containers for collection on your regularly scheduled service day for all other holidays, including: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, Lincoln’s Birthday, Presidents’ Day, Washington’s Birthday, Cesar Chavez Day and Veterans’ Day.

Holidays which fall on a Saturday or Sunday DO NOT delay waste removal services for the remainder of the week.

EDCO Holiday Pick Up Schedule

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Holidays that occur on Monday will delay service for the remainder of the week. Holiday service is moved to the next day if performed on or following a holiday. If your regular service day occurs before a holiday, your service day remains the same. If regular service day is Thursday, it will be moved to Friday following the holiday. If regular service day is Friday, it will be moved to Saturday following the holiday.

Holiday Schedule

New Year’s Day Monday, January 1, 2018
Memorial Day Monday, May 28, 2018
Independence Day Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor Day Monday, September 3, 2018
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 22, 2018
Christmas Day Tuesday, December 25, 2018
New Year’s Day Tuesday, January 1, 2019

 

Presidents Day Holiday 2018

February 18, 2018

Presidents Day Holiday 2018:  The City of Coronado will observe the President’s Day holiday on Monday, February 19, but reminds residents and businesses that some municipal facilities will be open. Coronado Police and Fire will be staffed for the holiday. Public Services crews also will be on call on Monday to respond to emergencies but will not sweep […]

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Village Theater – February 16-22

February 15, 2018

Village Theater – February 16-22 Black Panther (PG-13) Digital Presentation Fri – Thu: (1:30), 5:00, 8:30 The 15:17 to Paris (PG-13) Digital Presentation Fri – Thu: (1:30), 5:00, 8:30 Call Me by Your Name (R) Digital Presentation Fri – Thu: (1:30), 5:00, 8:30 Coronado Village Theater 820 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118 619-437-6161 Multiple movies run daily at Coronado’s Village Theater, plus a monthly Coronado Island Film […]

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Coronado Community Band Celebrates 20 Years

February 5, 2018

Enjoy and evening of love songs with your sweetheart!  Featuring Coronado Concert Band and Coronado Big Band with Tokeli.  This concert is FREE of charge to the public! Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:00pm Coronado Performing Arts Center 640 D Avenue Founded in 1997, the Coronado Community Band continues to provide the opportunity for musicians […]

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Village Theater – February 2-8

February 1, 2018

Village Theater – February 2-8 Phantom Thread (R) Digital Presentation Fri – Thu: (2:00), 5:20, 8:30 I, Tonya (R) Digital Presentation Fri – Thu: (2:00), 5:20, 8:30 The Shape of Water (R) Digital Presentation Fri – Thu: (2:00), 5:20, 8:30 Coronado Village Theater 820 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118 619-437-6161 Multiple movies run daily at Coronado’s Village Theater, plus a monthly Coronado Island Film Festival Classic Movie […]

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NASNI GATE CLOSURES 31 JAN and 01 FEB

January 30, 2018

Press Release Naval Base Coronado SOLID CURTAIN/CITADEL SHIELD EXERCISE NBC is conducting security drills from 0900 -1400 on 31 Jan and 01 Feb. The following gates will be closed: Wednesday: Gate 5 (Ocean gate) outbound lane closed from 1100-1400. Thursday: Gate 2 (Carrier gate) and Gate 5 (Ocean gate) both lanes closed from 0900-1400. NASNI […]

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At the Library – Tent City Newspapers

January 30, 2018

Tent City Newspapers Coronado’s library is the envy of other cities.  So much to look at, check out, and research.  WelcomeToCoronado.com highlights another great resource at our own Coronado Public Library! The library receives many gifts from residents.  One of the acquisitions in recent years is a collection of Tent City Newspapers, acquired by Coronado […]

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Spreckels Center Receives Excellence Award

January 27, 2018

From the City of Coronado Weekly Update 1-26-18: Spreckels Center Receives Excellence Award: The John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green’s Architect Robert Coffee was awarded a 2017 California Park & Recreation Society Facility Design Award of Excellence. The statewide nonprofit organization representing park and recreation agencies in California hosts the awards program to recognize outstanding […]

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Village Theater – January 26 – February 1

January 25, 2018

Village Theater – January 26 – February 1 The Post (PG-13) Digital Presentation Fri – Thu: (2:00), 5:20, 8:30 Phantom Thread (R) Digital Presentation Fri – Thu: (2:00), 5:20, 8:30 The Shape of Water (R) Digital Presentation Fri – Tue: (2:00), 5:20, 8:30 Wed: (2:00), 8:30 Thu: (2:00), 5:20, 8:30 Amadeus (R) Digital Presentation; No Passes Allowed Wed: 5:00 PM Coronado Village Theater 820 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118 619-437-6161 Multiple movies […]

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