Del Mar

City Info


It’s hard to believe that the home of the Del Mar Fairgrounds is actually the smallest city in San Diego. Doing a little free association, the name Del Mar conjures up images of carnival rides and cotton candy, thoroughbreds and beautiful beaches and the world-class Torrey Pines Golf Course.“Where the surf meets the turf” is the tagline for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s annual meet. But for the rest of the year for residents, it’s just called home. Some amazing chefs slice, dice and sauté in the city’s fine dining establishments. But one sector of the population loves Del Mar for a whole different, furrier reason. It is touted as a very dog-friendly city. Two words: Dog Beach. Where else can doggies and owners go to play in the surf and sand?

Population: Approximately 4,540

Housing units: Approximately 2,175

Median income: $120,966

Education: 72.4 percent of adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher

Reporter: Bianca Kaplanek


Bianca Kaplanek is a graduate of the University of Southern California with degrees in broadcast journalism and political science. She was a writer for BOP, a teen entertainment magazine, in the mid-1980s before moving to Hawaii, where she was editor of Ka Nupepa, a weekly community newspaper for Central Oahu, Hawaii Architect magazine and The Hawaii Realtor Journal.She was copy editor for Coast News Group for two years before she began covering Solana Beach and Del Mar in 2008.

Email: bkaplanek@coastnewsgroup.com

Contact Info


City Hall
1050 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014
858-755-9313 or 858-755-2794
E-mail: CityHall@delmar.ca.us

Encinitas Sheriff’s Station
175 N El Camino Real, Encinitas
760-966-3500

Public Works Department
2240 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
858-755-3294
After Hours Emergency 858-756-1126
E-mail: grouppublicworks@delmar.ca.us

Del Mar Fire Department
2200 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
858-755-1522
E-mail: fireprevention@delmar.ca.us

Committee forming to  address design review process

Committee forming to address design review process

DEL MAR — In an effort to improve the design review process council members approved at the May 18 meeting the creation of an ad hoc advisory committee. Members will be tasked with identifying concerns related to the community impacts of new and remodeled homes. Once the problems are determined they must recommend solutions that […]

Residents in Del Mar want eucalyptus trees removed

Residents in Del Mar want eucalyptus trees removed

DEL MAR — An attorney hired by a group of residents is asking the city to take action to remove or cut back and thin out what he describes as a thirsty grove of eucalyptus trees on “the most dangerous piece of property in Del Mar.” “Although we have urged removal of the trees based […]

City receives $112K in grants, rejects project bids

City receives $112K in grants, rejects project bids

DEL MAR — Council members at the May 18 meeting accepted grants for two projects and rejected all bids for another one. The Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley donated $5,000 for the River Path Del Mar extension, a quarter-mile stretch of land between San Dieguito Drive and the lagoon that is part of […]

Taste of Wine: Seasalt comes ashore in Del Mar

Taste of Wine: Seasalt comes ashore in Del Mar

Congratulations to Salvatore Ercolano for delivering the perfect San Diego seaside restaurant and wine bar that’s as relaxed as you could wish for. Just a few steps from Torrey Pines State Beach, the ocean, and a few more to the Del Mar Fairgrounds, you’ll find lots of free, easy parking. Ercolano brings a lifetime of […]

Shewmaker reappointed to 22nd DAA

Shewmaker reappointed to 22nd DAA

DEL MAR — Stephen Shewmaker was reappointed May 15 by Gov. Jerry Brown to the 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors, which governs the Del Mar Fairgrounds. He has served on the nine-member panel since 2012. “My time onboard thus far has been very enjoyable and rewarding,” Shewmaker said. “The work is much more […]

Trade show is, and always has been, about the board

Trade show is, and always has been, about the board

DEL MAR — The show, since its beginnings, has always been about one thing: the surfboard. “It’s a symbol of freedom, it’s a symbol of adventure, it’s a symbol of enduring youth,” said Scott Bass, the man behind The Boardroom, a two-day surf industry event celebrating those who shape, design, build and craft surfboards. “You […]

Council to launch roadway improvement plan

DEL MAR — In response to comments made in a citizen satisfaction survey and the results of a pavement assessment, council members are poised to launch a roadway improvement plan in which the city will likely spend money now to save it later. In the survey completed earlier this year, a majority of the 450 […]

Council OKs lot subdivision

DEL MAR — Council members at the May 4 meeting unanimously approved a request to subdivide 6.2 acres of land on the northern border of the city into five single-family residential lots, paving the way for development on one of the last remaining vacant bluff-top parcels in North County. The property, which is currently divided […]

Residents meet City Hall architects, offer ideas

Residents meet City Hall architects, offer ideas

DEL MAR — Residents had their first opportunity to share their thoughts on what a new civic center should look like with the recently hired architects during a May 4 meet and greet. The more than 75 people who attended the two-hour event, which included a taco truck and beverages provided by Hull Miller Partnership, […]

EIR getting under way for Jimmy Durante roundabout

EIR getting under way for Jimmy Durante roundabout

DEL MAR — Will it make traffic worse? Could it actually decrease pedestrian safety? What’s the rush? Those were some of the questions from the 40 or so residents who attended an April 30 scoping meeting at City Hall Annex to identify issues that should be studied as part of the environmental impact review process […]

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