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Poll: Giant Flag For Centennial Park?

A retired vice admiral and an attorney are urging the Port District to install an American flag at the foot of Orange Avenue, but have faced hurdles so far.

Flags fly all over Coronado, in front of public buildings, storefronts and people’s homes. On federal holidays they flutter along Orange Avenue.

Miles Harvey and Ed Martin noticed one thing that was missing – a flag at the foot of the old ferry landing, and not just any flag, but one that could be seen for miles.

“It was Miles' idea,” said Martin, who was held captive in Vietnam for nearly six years after being shot down, then rose to become Deputy Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Naval Forces Europe.

“He was inspired by the flags placed along Orange Avenue on patriotic days, such as the Fourth of July and Veterans Day, by the Rotary Club,” Martin continued. “We thought a large flag in Centennial Park would be a capstone for those flags on those days,” he said.

They envisioned a 15-by-25 foot flag hoisted on an 80-foot pole, lit by four lights, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. The size would make it visible across San Diego Bay.

“It would bring pride to sailors aboard cruisers, carriers and battleships returning home,” Martin said. It would also be “a wonderful way to show the pride and the patriotism of the city of Coronado.”

Martin and Harvey took the idea to the Port District, which manages the land, but were turned down. While the staff thought the idea was commendable, they said they didn’t have the funds. They estimated the project would cost around $50,000.

While the pole and flag aren’t expensive, there are regulatory hurdles, such as environmental reports, that would be necessary and would drive up costs, Martin explained.

The flag installation has the full support of the city, Martin said. Mayor Casey Tanaka and the City Council are on board, but they cannot do much to advance the cause.

Coronado cannot study or push for projects on state tidelands managed by the Port, according to the city. 

Jill G November 14, 2011 at 02:43 PM
It's a wonderful idea! What about some type of fundraiser in Coronado that our city could give to San Diego to cover the cost?
Doug Metz November 14, 2011 at 03:21 PM
I'm for it. This proposal has far more merit than the proposal for 500 feet high "bunny ears" at Navy Pier.
Charles Wagner November 14, 2011 at 05:02 PM
I agree with Doug! I didn't even realize that what looked like "bunny ears" was suppose to be sails! And Jill's idea of a fundraiser in Coronado to help defray the costs would be great!! Let's show our servicemen our patriotic spirit in Coronado.
Ed Sorrels November 14, 2011 at 07:40 PM
A flag anywhere is to be supported ! This is an emblemn oif this nation. I fly the flag in front of my home 24 hr's. a day 365 days a year, It is lit at night as required by the U.S.Flag Code. As a former Marine it is a a symbol of what I served for !
coronado November 15, 2011 at 04:56 AM
REPORTS?? For a flag and flag pole? And not just one but plural? Why don't we get the donations and just put it up. WHO on the Port Authority would have the "cajones" to remove an American flag from public land in a military town? Any commissioner to do that would be out of a job tomorrow. We could park the USS Carl Vinson in front of the park and DARE them to take down OUR flag!!
Cheryl November 15, 2011 at 09:22 PM
WANTED: YOUR OLD AMERICAN FLAG Please consider sending all worn American flags to our Stars for our Troops program. Each one that touch the lives of 50 US Veterans or Soldiers even after their flying life is done! http://www.gettysburgflag.com/StarsForTroops-AmericanFlags.php

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