Encinitas to celebrate new lifeguard tower

May 5, 2018 by  

Encinitas has a new lifeguard tower at Moonlight Beach that is a state-of-the-art facility, and a winner of a ‘Best Project Award’ for 2018 from the American Public Works Association. Although the tower has come in over budget, and is opening later than planned, the city is celebrating the achievement.

The tower was first scheduled to open on Memorial Day in 2017, but a number of unexpected problems caused delays. The tower is not a new construction but a renovation of an older structure, and during the process, both lead and asbestos were found, delaying the opening. Bad weather also slowed the work, as did the unanticipated discovery of a seawall underground.

Encinitas staff member Stephanie Kellar explained cost overruns, noting that providing temporary facilities for the lifeguards cost more than twice as much as expected, as did the data, cabling, and Wi-Fi systems used for emergencies and communications.

The new tower includes restrooms, storage areas, lockers, and a first aid room, as well as space for a workstation for a sheriff, and a second-story observation space. There is a deck completely encircling the tower that allows lifeguards to monitor the beach, the water, the parking area at Moonlight State Beach, and B and C Streets.

Although the tower has been in operation since November, 2017, the official celebration will be May 30.

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