Last Weekend: All Quiet on the Western (beach) Front

by on October 7, 2014 · 0 comments

in Culture, Economy, Environment, Labor, Ocean Beach, San Diego

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Looking north at OB from the foot of Cape May, Oct. 4, 2014. All photos by Jon Carr.

We had genuine concerns last weekend about what was going to come down at the beach.

We thought, maybe – just maybe –  that due to the heat, droves of people would be heading to San Diego’s beaches – including OB, of course. And that due to the seasonal lay-offs of over 200 lifeguards on Labor Day, there would not be sufficient rescue first responders for hapless swimmers or surfers caught up in dangerous rips at the beaches.

This was a genuine concern about insufficient labor management by a city caught up in overemphasis of the bottom line. We – as an OB journal/ website – are allowed to have such concerns. So, early Saturday morning, we put out a call.

Our friend, Jon Carr, responded, and assured us that from his vantage point at the foot of Cape May between towers 3 & 4 ‘all was quiet at the beach’. He reported that hundreds of people were out on the sand, and despite only about half of the smaller towers being staffed, life guards had a good presence at the beach.

We were relieved. Maybe Councilman Ed Harris – a former lifeguard himself – had something to do with this.

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Thank  you, Jon Carr.

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