County opens office for walk-in weddings on Valentine's Day

Officials expect record number of lovebirds

SAN DIEGO - Lovebirds who want to get married on Valentine's Day can simply drop by the San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk's office downtown Friday.

"We have decided to open our downtown location for walk-in services on Valentine's Day to accommodate all those wanting to be married on this special occasion,"  the head of the office, Ernest Dronenburg Jr., said.

A record number of people could show up, he said, because Valentine's Day falls on a Friday before the long Presidents Day weekend. Appointments are still recommended, and those who make them will be given priority, Dronenberg said.

The office in the County Administration Center at 1600 Pacific Highway will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Appointments will be required at the branch locations in Chula Vista, 590 Third Ave., El Cajon, 200 S. Magnolia Ave., and San Marcos, 141 E. Carmel St. Hours at those offices are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to Dronenburg, public marriage licenses cost $70, while a confidential marriage license is $89.

The price for marriages performed by county staff at the County Administration Center is an additional $88. County staff can also serve as witnesses, if needed, for an $18 fee.

County health officials are also offering free blood pressure screenings throughout the region in the third annual "Love Your Heart" campaign.

"Our message is simple -- this Valentine's Day, love your heart by getting a free blood pressure check," said Dianne Jacob, chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors. "It's one of the easiest and most important steps you can do to take charge of your health."

Heart disease is the second leading cause of death in San Diego County, according to health officials.

The screenings will be offered at more than 200 locations across the region, including fire stations, libraries, community centers, health clinics, businesses and county facilities, among other locations. Residents can call 2-1-1 or go online to for the nearest screening location.

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