The choice is down to two prospective sites for the staging of the next America’s Cup: our own fair city of San Diego, and Bermuda, the U.K.-owned island in the mid-Atlantic Ocean. The final decision by the committee charged with making the call will be made soon and the Port of San Diego has released a slick video extolling the virtues of America’s Finest City as the venue for the 35th staging of the Cup, coming in 2017.
In response to the increasing drought conditions throughout our region, on Monday, a unanimous vote by the San Diego City Council puts mandatory water usage restrictions into effect as of Saturday, November 1, 2014. This will cause the voluntary rules, in place since this past July, to become mandatory, and therefore enforceable with fines and penalties. The stated goal is to decrease the use of water in the city by 20%.
This year’s Formula and Foil Class Kiteboard racing North American Championships were held from the 7th to the 10th on the beaches of Coronado Shores. Organized and put on by the San Diego Yacht Club of America’s Cup fame, the event draws almost all of the most outstanding competitors in the sport each year. The “Coronado Roads” area was the actual site of the races.
Sea World welcomed its newest resident this past Saturday at 3:32 p.m., a 40 pound bottlenose calf. Since the marine-themed amusement park opened in 1964, this birth marks the 80th successful dolphin delivery there. After a pregnancy that lasted the normal twelve months, the labor and birth was described as easy by experts employees of Sea World. Sadie, the proud dolphin mom is thirteen and this is her second calf, after having birthed a bottleneck in five years ago.
There is continued good news on the water conservation front in San Diego County. We all drank up and washed down less water last month, less by a respectable 4% descrease, than during September last year. In San Diego city, usage fell 4.2% since August 2013. In the longer term San Diego County has cut down water consumption by 20% over the past 7 years.