Electric Eel, Mission Bay’s tallest and fastest roller coaster, is set to open on May 10. Construction of the amusement ride continues to progress on schedule, allowing the park to launch the new, 62-mph, 150-foot-tall coaster a few days earlier than expected.
Electric Eel will feature a triple-launch experience with high-energy twists and extremely fast loops. According to SeaWorld, this new ride should excite even the bravest thrill seekers, making them feel like an eel as they slither and dart around the track.
The Electric Eel area will also feature an interactive learning experience called Mission: Deep Discovery. A habitat with mysterious moray eels, which was opened as part of the new Ocean Explorer attraction in summer 2017, is adjacent to the roller coaster.
Fighting flies funding approved for Mission Beach
Mayor Kevin Faulconer has allocated $70,000 in this year’s City budget to stop a continuing fly problem in Mission Beach.
Trash in the beach area causes thousands of flies to swarm, pestering tourists and small-business owners, a condition that worsens in warmer weather.
"This is primarily a health and safety issue," said District 2 Council member Lorie Zapf. "When you have flies landing on food, when you have the fly infestation that happens in the summer, we as a city have to do something to eradicate the problem." The mayor also granted Mission Beach a second trash pickup from early July to the end of September to fight the flies. The second trash pickup will happen every Saturday on top of the normal weekly trash pickup each Tuesday.
City Council waives fees to accelerate ‘granny flats’
With the goal of increasing San Diego’s housing supply for low- and middle-income San Diegans, the City Council April 30 adopted an additional strategy that supports Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer’s “Housing SD” plan and makes it easier and more affordable for homeowners to build secondary units on their property.
The City Council voted unanimously to waive development impact fees, facility benefit assessment fees and general plan maintenance fees for the construction of “companion units,” otherwise known as accessory dwelling units or “granny flats.”
Faulconer also directed $100,000 to the Public Utilities Department to cover the cost of water and sewer capacity fees for the remainder of fiscal year 2018. The proposals were brought forward by Councilmember Scott Sherman and supported by Faulconer.
More than 70 percent of San Diegans can’t afford to buy a home at the county’s median home cost of more than $550,000 – making San Diego one of the least affordable markets in the country. Granny flats have become an increasingly popular option for cities looking to spur the development of housing and provide a more diverse stock of affordable and low-cost units.
Taste of Mission Beach set for May 17
Bring your appetites and walking shoes to sample the best eateries in Mission Beach at the fifth annual Taste of Mission Beach 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. Starting locations are at Mission Beach Coffee Break, 2888 Mission Blvd., and Saska’s Steak and Seafood, 3768 Mission Blvd. Free shuttles will pick up or drop off at every bus stop along the route. Or cruise on the Bahia Belle by catching it at either the Catamaran or the Bahia.
Tickets are $30 with proceeds going to PB Street Guardians (pbstreetguardians.org), a nonprofit organization that provides transitional employment opportunities to homeless residents by hiring them to clean up the streets of Pacific and Mission beaches. Purchase tickets at tasteofmissionbeach.com or at Saska’s and Mission Beach Coffee Break.
Participating restaurants include: Arslan’s Gyros, Belmont Park, Bao Beach, Café Bahia, Cheesy Express, Coaster Saloon, Juice Wave, Kojack’s, Luigi’s at the Beach, Marcy’s Mexican Food, Miss B’s Coconut Club, Mission Beach Coffee Break, Oceana Coastal Kitchen, Olive Baking Company, Olive Café, Rosaria Pizza, Sandbar Sports Grill, Saska’s, South Mission Beach and Grill, Capri Pizza Pasta Grill, Toot’s, Zozo’s Pizza. The event is sponsored by Mission Beach Women’s Club and MBTC.
Coast of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk on May 22
There’s only one thing more monotonous than a Tuesday, and that’s vegetables – or so the saying goes. Discover Pacific Beach, the neighborhood’s business district, has had it up to here with that kind of talk – accordingly, it will host the Coast of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk Tuesday, May 22, from 4 to 9 p.m., featuring coastal cuisine choices from participating restaurants west of Dawes Street to the coastline.
This self-guided event will be vegetarian friendly, and eateries that offer a vegetarian option will have special notice on the map.
Tickets are $25 online now and $30 on the day of the event. Will-call will be set up at the PB farmer’s market, corner of Garnet Avenue and Bayard Street, starting at 3 p.m. the day of the event. For more information, see pacificbeach.org or call 858-273-3303.
Over-the-Line Tournament and Beerfest at Mariner’s Point
The Old Mission Beach Athletic Club is kicking-off the summer with an Over-the-Line Tournament and Beerfest on Saturday, May 19 at Mariner’s Point in Mission Beach. Held from noon to 4 p.m., attendees can sip craft beer from local breweries and enjoy fare from food trucks.
Breweries participating include BNS Brewing, Bay City Brewing, OB Brewery, Alesmith, Coronado Brewing, Thorn Brewing, Mason Aleworks, Ballast Point, Helix Brewing, Fall, SR76, Duck Foot, Groundswell, Benchmark, 3 Punk Ales, Second Chance, Resident, Mike Hess, Iron Fist, Bitter Brothers and Dos Desperados. Cutwater Spirits will also be selling craft cocktails.
The OTL Tournament will field 120 teams in a double-elimination format. The first rounds will take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 19 with winning teams returning from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20. Tournament divisions include: Men's Pro, Men's Open, Men's Masters and Women's Open. The entry fee is $120 per team and will increase as the tournament fills up.
This two-day event is a precursor to the 65th annual World Championship Over-The-Line Tournament set for July 14-15 and July 21-22 at Fiesta Island in Mission Bay. General admission, including the four-hour beer tasting for guests ages 21-plus, is $35 with advance online purchase via eventbrite.com.
Hands Across the Sand event
Hands Across the Sand, a coalition of organizations, activists and citizens around the world that brings the message of clean oceans to local and world leaders, will hold an event at 3105 Ocean Front Walk, Mission Beach from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 19.
Founded in 2010, Hands Across the Sand grew into an international movement after the BP oil disaster in April of that year. People came together to join hands, forming symbolic barriers against spilled oil and to stand against the impacts of other forms of extreme energy.
San Diego Circus Center Jubilee set for May 25-27
The San Diego Circus Center, at 2050 Hancock St., will hold its inaugural Jubilee, highlighting a display of circus acts from talented and amazing performers May 25-27. There will be acts on Chinese pole, contortion, trapeze, Cyr wheel, Lyra, teeterboard, tight-wire, silks, rope, clowning and more. For more information, visit sandiegocircuscenter.org. For tickets, visit SDCCtickets.com.
Walk for Animals on May 5
This area is noted for the enlightenment of its pet communities – and on Saturday, May 5, an annual San Diego County Humane Society fundraising dog-walk is expected to draw more than 3,000 participants and volunteers whose support helps fuel that reputation.
The Walk for Animals consists of a two-mile stroll around NTC Park at Point Loma’s Liberty Station, 2455 Cushing Road (a half-mile course has been set aside for dogs and owners who prefer a shorter trail). It begins at 9 a.m., with registration, breakfast and opening ceremonies starting at 7 a.m. Families and children are welcome. Proceeds will help fund the humane society’s lifesaving programs and services, including shelter, adoptions, veterinary care, humane law enforcement, emergency rescue and behavior and training on behalf of the 30,000 animals expected to come into the humane society’s care this year.
Registration fees range from $10 to $40. Information is available at support.sdhumane.org or at 619-243-3469.
Community cleanup day in Mission Bay on May 12
Join I Love A Clean San Diego as they team up with Councilmember Lorie Zapf for a community cleanup from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12 at Bonita Cove in Mission Beach, at 1100 W. Mission Bay Drive. Volunteers will remove litter and debris from the area and paint over graffiti as well.
There will be cleanup supplies, snacks, and water. I Love A Clean San Diego will also provide community service hours and letters of appreciation for volunteers. This is an opportunity for students and families to learn ways to protect the local environment.