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Moonlight State Beach Improvement Project Going Out to Bid

A state grant is funding the revamp, but the city now needs an extended deadline to use that money in time.

A project to revamp will soon go out to bid.

Encinitas City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to give city staff the green light to move forward with the project.

The overhaul calls for new restrooms and concession buildings, an expansion of the sand recreation area, and the addition of a garage that will double as storage space the lifeguards can use and an overlook.

The project is funded through a $2.75 million grant form the State of California that is due to expire June 30—however, because construction is expected to take 8 months, it’s not likely that deadline will be met. Therefore city staff has applied for an extension to avoid losing that money.

The city should know by the end of this month if it has been granted the extension or not. If the city does not get the extension, it will not be reimbursed the more than $300,000 in preliminary work already done on this project, and a new funding source will be needed.

In a report to Council, Parks and Recreation Director Lisa Rudloff said she expected bids to go out by April 20 and be back in by the end of May.

Encinitas Patch will keep you updated on this project as it progresses.

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