Editor: With construction cranes appearing on the jetty at Dog Beach and questions being raised by locals, we decided to repost this article from mid-July.
Originally posted July 17, 2009.
OCEAN BEACH, CA. The Union-Tribune announced on Wednesday, July 15, that federal stimulus funds will be used to repair the Mission Bay channel entryway. This project, to begin in October, includes fixing the channel’s south jetty – OB’s north jetty, which was reportedly damaged by an El Nino winter storm ten-eleven years ago. The project will be overseen by the Army Corps of Engineers.
Immediate questions arise for surfers: will the repair job affect the surf and surfing just south of the repaired jetty? Long-time OB surfers know well what the Army Corps of Engineers can do to OB’s surf. (See this.)
The project is supposed to create 115 jobs among contractors – but they won’t necessarily be local jobs, as the work calls for specialized equipment that may have to be brought in from out of town.
Starting in January 2010, another phase of the project begins – dredging sand from the channel. The sand will replenish south Mission Beach beaches. Combined, the project will cost $10.5 million.
Also, the U-T report stated:
A flashing red light at the end of the jetty, which served as a navigation aid, was never replaced after it was knocked out by the storm. The Coast Guard will install a new light.
Here’s the article:
By Helen Gao / Union-Tribune / July 15, 2009
A storm a decade ago destroyed a portion of the Mission Bay south jetty, leaving rocks lurking just under the surface – a hazard that has damaged or sunk dozens of boats over the years.
The government never had the money to fix the problem. Now $10.5 million of federal economic stimulus money will pay for repairs and dredging of the bay channel.
The money is among hundreds of millions of dollars coming to San Diego County under the $787 billion package signed by President Barack Obama in February.
For the remainder of the article, go here.