The Solana Seaside web site improve is in progress

Solana Beach will finally do a much-needed, long overdue upgrade to the city’s website.

The city council unanimously voted on May 12 to enter into a contract with 360Civic, an Orange County company that has provided website design and other services to San Diego, Beverly Hills, Santa Ana, and several other cities and government agencies across Southern California .

The website was last updated in 2012 and is “outdated and difficult to navigate” according to a city staff report. It contains pages that are “redundant and not updated with the latest information”.

“This is a point that was included in our work plan and we look forward to moving it forward at this time,” said Greg Wade, manager of Solana Beach City.

The town of Solana Beach pays an entry fee of approximately $ 31,000, followed by annual fees of $ 7,500. Previously, the council had earmarked $ 75,000 for the website redesign in fiscal 2020/21, but the project has been put on hold due to COVID-related budget adjustments.

Wade said the agreement with 360Civic ran for three years, in addition to approving an extension of that agreement for hosting and maintenance services for an additional two years.

The city drafted a call for proposals in 2020 before the pandemic forced a shift in priorities. After the project resumed this year, there were 18 respondents before the council chose 360Civic.

The Mayor of Solana Beach, Lesa Heebner, emphasized the need for a better search function.

“I think one of the most important aspects of the website is the search engine,” she said during the meeting. “Often times people look for something like ‘accessory housing unit’ but they type in ‘ADU’.”

Ron Zayas, CEO of 360Civic, said the new version of the website would take around four to six months.

“We have been waiting for it,” said the deputy mayor of Solana Beach, Kristi Becker.

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