by Anthony Gentile / Peninsula Beacon / August 6, 2009
With city staff members present at Monday’s Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Council meeting, the two sides agreed to disagree when it comes to the safety and relocation of popular cliffside benches. The result of the deliberation between the two sides was a temporary hold on further removal of Sunset Cliffs benches until the park’s council meets again in September – the latest twist in what has been a contentious issue since the city ordered the removal of the benches in June.
“I strongly support the community and I think they’ve set up a good process where we’re going to have neighbors involved in the new benches and sites,” said District 2 City Councilmember Kevin Faulconer. “I think that’s what should have happened from the very beginning.”
Dan Danieri, the district manager for shoreline parks, and the park council’s city staff representative Michael Ruiz came to the meeting with proposed bench locations and three design types for the council to choose from. Their goal was to move forward with the process – that is, the removal of benches by the end of this week. The goal, however, will have to go unmet.
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