DEL MAR — A Feb. 24 groundbreaking officially began a restoration project to convert back to wetlands a large vacant parcel south of the Del Mar Fairgrounds that has for years been used as an overflow parking lot primarily during the San Diego County Fair and thoroughbred race meet.
DEL MAR — A request for interest for alternative uses for an underused facility at the Del Mar Fairgrounds has been officially terminated, scrapping proposals to transform Surfside Race Place into a microbrewery, luxury theaters, a family entertainment center with high-tech bowling or a combination of all three.
DEL MAR — Employee recognition, support for a seasonal train platform, a traffic study update and approval of mini-satellite wagering were addressed at the Feb. 11 meeting of the 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors.
DEL MAR — Two Del Mar Fairgrounds employees were recognized at the Jan. 14 meeting for their combined service of nearly half a century.
DEL MAR — The 2014 summer horse races at the Del Mar Fairgrounds will remain “Cool as Ever,” as the famous slogan promises. But the iconic blue and gold diamonds have been scratched from the lineup as the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club readies for the 15-day fall meet this November.
DEL MAR — The Sierra Club San Diego filed a lawsuit on Jan. 8 against the California Coastal Commission, challenging the agency’s Nov. 13 approval of a permit that allows the 22nd District Agricultural Association to continue using a vacant lot east of the Del Mar Fairgrounds for year-round parking and other activities.
DEL MAR — Christmas came early once again for the Modoc District Fair when the 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors agreed at the Dec. 17 meeting to give $25,000 to its significantly smaller counterpart in the northeast corner of the state.
DEL MAR — Del Mar Fairgrounds officials are eager to begin traffic studies that allow use of a vacant lot east of the state-owned facility even though they have a decade to complete them.
DEL MAR — In recognition of Christine Kehoe’s longstanding efforts to protect the environment, coastal resources and, most notably, the San Dieguito River, the 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors agreed at Dec. 17 meeting to name part of the Coast to Crest Trail after the former state senator.