County May Permit Additional Businesses Sectors to Reopen Friday, June 12
The California Department of Public Health released new guidance on how counties with attestations to readiness should modify behavior and operations to reduce risk for infection. All guidance is effective as of Friday, June 12 and will only be implemented with local health official approval.
The following sectors were issued guidance:
- Schools and School-Based Programs
- Child Care Programs and Providers
- Day Camps
- Tribal Casinos
- Music, Film and Television Production – Guidance document for Management Office Workspaces
- Professional Sports without Live Audiences – Guidance document for Retail within arenas and fields
- Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Outdoor Recreation
- Hotels, Lodging, and Short Term Rentals
- Cardrooms, Satellite Wagering Facilities and Racetracks
- Family Entertainment Centers
- Restaurants, Bars, and Wineries
- Fitness Facilities
- Museums, Galleries, Zoos, and Aquariums
The California Department of Public Health is also publishing the County Monitoring List to give Californians insight into how their county is performing and provide early indication of developing areas of concern.
Throughout the week, we have been aware of and have monitored the small protests at Main Beach. So far, each of them has been peaceful.
We continue to receive intelligence updates from around the county, and currently, we do not have a large-scale protest scheduled in Laguna Beach. However, this could change.
If we do learn of a large protest developing, we will send out a Nixle message to the downtown business group to make them aware. We have extra officers deployed to be visible and who are monitoring these events.
Rest assured, your Laguna Beach Police Department is prepared and will mobilize immediately to deal with any civil unrest that may occur.
Captain Jeff Calvert, Laguna Beach Police Department
'The Promenade on Forest' to Open June 15 in Downtown Laguna Beach
Starting today, Forest Avenue is now closed from Coast Highway to Glenneyre Street until September 8 for implementation of the 'Promenade on Forest.'
The Promenade on Forest, an outdoor dining, music, art and retail display promenade is opening to the public on Forest Avenue in Downtown Laguna Beach beginning Monday June 15!
Forest Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from Coast Highway to Glenneyre Street throughout the Summer of 2020. Please use an alternate route.
Four curbside pickup areas are now in place for use by Downtown businesses and patrons now that Forest is closed. The pickup locations are denoted on the map below.
Laguna Beach Community Development Department Update
In 2012, the City Council initiated a comprehensive update to the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP). After a multi-year process a draft of the updated DSP is complete.
On June 16th the City Council will consider adopting components of the DSP, specifically, updates to the business permitting standards, parking requirements and design guidelines. Components of the DSP that address housing density, building height and parcel mergers will be considered at a later date as a separate amendment.
On June 23rd the City Council will consider issuing permits for a proposed remodel/historic rehabilitation of the Coast Inn Hotel and Restaurant, located at 1401 S Coast Hwy.
For information on the Coast Inn project you may contact Martina Caron, Senior Planner, at (949) 464-6629 or email@example.com.
New Shopper Parking Permits Now Available Online!
Residents who have participated in the shopper parking permit program in the past will be receiving their 2020-2022 Shopper Parking Permit renewal application in the mail next week!
You do not have to wait until the permit application comes in the mail to apply on-line. We highly encourage residents to take advantage of the on-line option (link below) to help promote social distancing.
New permits will be mailed out the last week of July. No permits will be sold over the counter until September 8, 2020.
Laguna Beach Small Businesses May Apply for Small Business Grant Relief up to $10,000
The Small Business Grant Relief Program will support small businesses and organizations impacted by COVID-19 in Orange County District Five, which is the district for Laguna Beach.
Grants up to $10,000 will be available to eligible Laguna Beach small businesses and non-profits within the district.
Applications are open from June 19-June 23. For more information on eligibility, criteria and grant selection for the program, click the link below.
Ocean Water Temporarily Closed at Sleepy Hollow Lane
The OC Health Care Agency’s (HCA) Environmental Health Division has closed the ocean water from Sleepy Hollow Lane to Cleo Street in the City of Laguna Beach to swimming, surfing, and diving due to a raw sewage spill from a pump failure located on a private property.
The affected ocean water area will remain closed to water-contact sports until the results of follow-up water quality monitoring meet acceptable standards.