Bird Rock council ready for ‘Taste,’ Web update

As it finalized plans for Thursday night’s Taste of Bird Rock, the community council was moving ahead with several other projects.

They include updating the community’s Web site, launching a community history project and building a new gate into Bird Rock Park.

“We’re totally redoing our Web site,

,” said Joe LaCava, BRCC president. “The site presently is not very informative, so we’re redoing it to make it better suited to serve the merchants and people interested in visiting the area.”

LaCava said the plan is to rework the site and have the new and improved version “rolled out” by September. He asked Bird Rock residents to come forward with photos, particularly those of community events, to personalize the new site.

He also reported that work should start at the end of this month on the long-anticipated Waverly gate into Bird Rock Park and be completed in a couple of months.

Councilwoman Michelle Fulks talked of plans she has for a run/walk on Oct. 17 commemorating the official opening of the gate.

And while that’s happening, Philomène Offen reported on a Bird Rock history project she’s been undertaking for La Jolla Historical Society the last few months concerning the origin and history of the Bird Rock sign, which first appeared in a 1921 aerial photo.

Offen suggested that researching Bird Rock’s colorful history could have other benefits. “We might want to do a walking tour that would draw people, tourists, to Bird Rock,” she said.

“We’ll kick it around,” said LaCava of Offen’s idea. He noted that the community has lots of historic homes and commercial structures that might readily lend themselves to a walking tour.

Felicia Parker, chairwoman of BRCC’s Taste of Bird Rock committee, which planned tonight’s annual summer community celebration, filled residents in on all the particulars, imploring people to buy $5 raffle tickets for the big prize, dinner for 10 on a yacht with a catered dinner by Beaumont’s Restaurant and dessert and wine by Lupi’s restaurant.

Parker also issued a warning to revelers. “The alcohol ban on streets will be enforced a lot stronger this year than last,” she said. “We will have two police officers patrolling the streets, and they will be citing people for having alcohol in the streets. People will only be allowed to drink in restaurants that serve alcohol.”

“We were not permitted to have a block party,” LaCava added. “The permit is for a community event, a family event, and the police will be there making sure it is a family event.”

Erin Demorest of 1st District Councilwoman Sherri Lightner’s office reported that “we’re working with the mayor to get some federal stimulus money to fund the design for the Torrey Pines Road Improvement Corridor.”