Encinitas upgrades Moonlight Beach

June 26, 2013 by  

Residents of Encinitas, California, turned out Thursday, June 13, 2013, to enjoy the improvements to Moonlight Beach, where a new building, housing a concession stand and providing storage space, has been constructed to make a day at the beach safer and more fun. Encinitas mayor Teresa Barth cut a celebratory ribbon and praised the project, saying it would make the community proud.

There were about 150 people in attendance to visit the new building, which comprises 3,600 square feet. The large building replaces several dilapidated structures that held bathrooms and an old concession stand. It has space for new rest rooms, an area where people can rent equipment to enjoy their day at the beach, a concession stand, and a storage space for Encinitas’s junior lifeguards, who number 1,100, to store their equipment.

Nearby, Encinitas has built another structure, a garage comprising 950 square feet, where rescue equipment and lifeguard vehicles will be housed. Currently, they’re kept at a facility nearly three miles from Moonlight Beach, which is impractical and even dangerous in an emergency, when every second counts. Now the equipment will be easily accessed as it’s literally on the beach where it will be needed.

The cost of the entire renovation was approximately $4.8 million, which Encinitas officials say is money well spent, considering the community draws nearly 1.5 million visitors annually, making the upgrade worth its cost.

City officials could work with a flyer printing expert to create a mailer for residents, explaining the upgrades and inviting them to visit the beach to see for themselves.