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Encinitas Breaks Ground on Moonlight Beach Improvements

Construction starts after Labor Day and should be done by late May.

Friday afternoon the community, Encinitas City Council, and city staff members—many of them appropriately dressed in beach attire— gathered at to celebrate the start of a major renovation project.

The project calls for new bathrooms and a new concession stand, which will be housed inside a 600-square-foot building at the bottom of the parking lot. The existing bathrooms and concession stand will be removed to create a bigger sandy beachfront. A multipurpose 950-square-foot building will also go up at the C Street cul-de-sac. It will have a garage for lifeguard trucks and rescue equipment—and the rooftop will offer the public a scenic overlook.

In his speech to the community Encinitas Mayor Jerome Stocks said the project carried special sentimental value because “Moonlight Beach is so close to all of our hearts.”

“For three generations it’s looked like this. Many of us have wonderful childhood memories of coming here, or bringing our kids here, or our grandkids here,” he said, adding that for some, the drastic change may be difficult. “But I hope that people realize we are creating a better place for new memories for the next 50 years.”

Councilman James Bond, who has served for 20 years, echoed that, stating that “we didn’t use to have this playground—but little by little, we are making a more special place.”

Councilwoman Teresa Barth also thanked the Parks and Recreation department for its hard work on the project. With a large group of junior lifeguards in attendance, she also thanked Marine Safety for all of its positive work with youth at that beach.

“This is a fun and safe place to be, and it’s only going to get better,” she told them.

The designs of these new structures at Moonlight are ocean-inspired and incorporate many eco-friendly elements. To get an idea of what the buildings will look like, view the images attached to this story.

The renovation will cost $4.8 million—with the state kicking in $1.9 million grant and the remainder being financed.  

The beach will be closed during construction, which starts after Labor Day and should be finished by late May.

For more information about the project, visit the city’s website.

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Mim Michelove August 25, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Great photos!!!!
pam August 25, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Excited for the grand reopening! Does this mean no "sand riding" sled riding this winter on the sand hills?? :(
sheila August 25, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I don't see any parking improvements... infact, with the C Street building we are actually losing parking spaces. Obviously, its too late... but, I'm hoping they addressed this issue. It really effects the quality of life for the surrounding neighbors who don't have off street parking as well the ability to have friends visit.
Lynn Marr August 25, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Too bad the beach has to be closed for such an extended period. I don't see how that helps the community. It's great we're getting new bathrooms, but I don't feel the parking garage, on the bluff, at $1.4 Million, is necessary. The Mossy Public Works Yard is nearby. Lifeguards don't really need to store their vehicles in what they claim is a "toolbox" on our precious bluffs. People will want to use the beach anyway, & should be able to, providing they stay out of restricted areas. It's improper to close the entire beach. Plus the project SHOULDN'T count on UNFUNDING other important earmarked accounts such as the Open Space & Habitat Acquisition Fund, or earmarked funds related to alleviating chronic Leucadia flooding, recently the subject of a grand jury report that specifically alleges the City does not have funds set aside to deal with our flooding. Also, the $8 Million lease revenue bond that the city is trying to float is improper as there is no revenue stream from which the city can expect to repay the principal & the interest on the debt. This was just another opportunity for incumbents to preen at a photo op, public relations event, before the upcoming election. Most people have no idea of what's actually going on, which is our local government making unwise decisions for the sake of publicity & political posturing. I know this is supposed to be a fuzzy, "feel good" moment, but there are too many huge concerns for those who are watching to celebrate.
change4encinitas August 25, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Nice beach attire, Mr Stocks! Did you dress for the occasion? More cements on the beach, more debt, while the pot holes on our roads are getting deeper. A simple renovation of the bathrooms would have suffice! A $1m 900 sq foot garage is ridiculous!
Sarah Riccitelli August 26, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Agreed. Where is all this money coming fromm now? Also whose cleaning up the regular sewage spills @ Moonlight?
Debi August 26, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Does this mean the park will also be closed? How lame is it to close the entire beach area for 9 months!!!
Lynn Marr August 26, 2012 at 11:40 AM
I agree, Debi. That would be a terrible idea. They should simply tape off the restricted areas. The public would NOT want to be subjected to closure of our main beach for so long. They should have porta-potties during construction of the new restrooms, which is all we really need for now. A lot of this is about spending grant money, in my opinion. It's more overdevelopment, and to come up with the City's share, money was taken from important accounts, more money was borrowed, through a phony lease revenue bond, WITHOUT a revenue stream and WITHOUT allowing the public to vote on a general obligation bond. Had the public been allowed to vote, we would certainly voted NO on a nine month beach closure. Ridiculous!!!
Jay Berman August 27, 2012 at 04:33 PM
$4.8m .... you would think Encinitas was flush with cash ... for a bathroom and parking garage ... seems just a bit pricy .. like most Encinitas projects .. $4m for a 6000 SqF firehouse for Cardiff .. looks like it is 3 times bigger than the one we have now .. Cardiff hasn't grown .. $5m for a pedestrian tunnel under the tracks at Santa Fe .. An overpass or at grade would have been fine .. $19m for the new park ... 'scuse me, but how does one spend that much when there is only bathrooms and consession buildings ? Unbelievable ... almost like San Diego spending $27m for a pedestrian bridge over harbor drive or $185M for a central library ... or the cool billion spent on that new hospital ..
Michael Adcock August 27, 2012 at 10:08 PM
I am just sickened by the whole thing..and I have to ask how much those folks in that nice pic at the beach are being paid to get this completed??? Just a thought...

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