Carlsbad Residents Can Look Forward to $665,000 in Beach Upgrades

Source: Jennifer Vigil, Times of San Diego
http://timesofsandiego.com/life/2014/05/24/carlsbad-residents-can-look-forward-to-665000-in-beach-upgrades/

Carlsbad plans to invest $665,000 in a number of beach improvements, including shoring up an eroded coastal bluff on Carlsbad Boulevard between Tamarack and Pine avenues.

The beach includes walkways, landscaping, benches, picnic tables and a restroom, areas which fell into disrepair, according to the city, because the state Department of Parks and Recreation lacks the funds to maintain it. The state agency is responsible for most Carlsbad beaches.

Photo credit: City of Carlsbad.
Photo credit: City of Carlsbad.

As a remedy, the city will partner with the state on the work. After the initial repairs, the city estimates it will cost $115,000 annually for upkeep.

The city also needed to take action to allow city workers to enter the state-controlled areas to improve the picnic facilities along with restoring the bluffs. The City Council issued its approvals this week.

“We want our beachfront to be the best it can be for our residents and visitors, and by partnering with the state we’ll achieve that goal,” said parks and recreation director Chris Hazeltine said in a statement. “The beach contributes greatly to our quality of life and our tourism economy.”

The city has earned praise from Heal the Bay for the quality of its water, despite the needed beach repairs.

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