Editor: The ever-present local photographer Jim Grant has filed this report. Apparently last Friday, September 17th, he was driving along Sunset Cliffs when … well, his story picks up from there …
by Jim Grant
Ocean Beach is known for being Ocean Friendly and aware of the community and environment. And the association between the two.
Surf rider Paddle out’s…Beach Clean Up’s and the like are very common in Ocean Beach.
People come from all over San Diego to watch the sunset ……From Dog Beach to Ladera Street, the Cliffs and Beach is packed with people coming to enjoy the sunset. So much so that people have installed simple benching to watch the sunset all along Sunset Cliffs Blvd.
The City determined these to be unsafe and unsightly and new ones are being installed thanks to a large donation from a citizen, or so I hear.
The installation has started and a dedication is set for Friday September 24th at 11am along Sunset Cliffs Blvd.
Last Friday at 11 am I was headed over to the Hydroplane Races on Mission Bay. As I drove along Sunset Cliffs I noticed 6 City trucks so I went over to see what a fleet of City trucks was doing. They were installing two benches in preparation for the ceremony Friday. As I took a few shots of the surf and watched the installation of the beautiful Ipe hardwood bench I noticed City workers cleaning out the small cement mixer, cleaning tools and getting ready to leave the site.
What happened next amazed me. The pushed the wheelbarrow with all the concrete debris across Sunset Cliffs Blvd and then DUG a hole on the bluff and buried the waste. City code is VERY clear how to dispose of such waste. Digging a hole on bluff sensitive Sunset Cliffs is NOT in city policy for waste disposal. While I think most are very happy for the new benches the method of waste disposal on Sunset Cliffs is very disappointing.
Dedication ceremony is Friday at 11.