Del Mar gets twelve volunteers and a new boat

DEL MAR — Following somewhat of a drought of volunteers, council members at the June 1 meeting appointed 12 people to three citizen advisory committees.

John Campbell and Sally McPartlan were named to the Business Support Advisory Committee on a recommendation from Mayor Al Corti and Councilman Don Mosier, liaisons to the group.

The nine-member board was created in 2013 to provide advice to City Council on the challenges facing Del Mar’s businesses, including current processes and regulations, and to review and provide input on initiatives that affect the business community.

Members serve a minimum of two years with no term length. The makeup includes two restaurant owners, two retail establishment owners, one hotel owner or operator, one commercial property owner, one office or medical business person and one representative each from the Del Mar Plaza and Del Mar Village Association.

Committee members do not have to be residents of Del Mar.

The city received five applications for the two vacancies. Campbell, a Torrey Pines graduate, is the owner of Matuse, which makes premium wetsuits and performance active wear.

McPartlan has served as the executive assistant to the general managers and executive directors of L’Auberge Del Mar for the past 23 years.

Parks and Recreation Committee liaisons Sherryl Parks and Terry Sinnott recommended Claire McGreal and Andrea Moreno to serve four-year terms that will expire June 1, 2019.

The seven-member panel is tasked with administering the parks and scenic preserves and planning for specific development of open space. The city received five applications.

Mosier and Councilman Dwight Worden recommended the appointments of Bruce Bekkar, Kristin Brinner, Gabriel Buhr, Robin Crabtree, Charles Fletcher, Dustin Fuller, Terry Gaasterland and Mark Handzel to the recently formed Sea-Level Rise Stakeholder Technical Advisory Committee.

The nine-member group — one seat remains open — will oversee the Local Coastal Program amendment process to ensure it is open and inclusive and develops consensus among the many stakeholders.

Members will also assist city staff and the consultant with the sea-level rise planning process and review technical studies and sea-level rise planning scenarios.

The committee will also help the community in prioritizing vulnerable coastal resources and discuss and provide advice and policy recommendations to council members.

Eight applications were received.

In other news, council accepted a donation to the Lifeguard Department of a new rescue boat from the Friends of the Powerhouse and Del Mar Foundation.

“As part of the 50-year celebration both organizations came together with the idea to fund the gift to reward the lifeguards and the department for the 50 years of service,” Community Services Director Pat Vergne said.

The $25,000 Arancia is made in New Zealand and specifically designed for rescue operations, Vergne said.

Lifeguards use the boats to warn swimmers of dangerous conditions, separate surfers from swimmers, rescue people in trouble, transport medical aids to the 17th Street Beach Safety Center when the beach is too crowded to drive a vehicle, respond to medical aids offshore and patrol the coastline.

“It is a critical component of the lifeguard’s day-to-day operations,” the staff report states.

“We’re always around to help out when we can,” Del Mar Foundation President Judd Halenza said.

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