Moonlight Beach Marine Safety Center breaks ground

Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar spoke at a Nov. 2 groundbreaking event commemorating the start of construction on the new $3.7 million Marine Safety Center at Moonlight Beach.

Gaspar noted that an upgrade was long overdue as the Center serves as the headquarters for all Encinitas Lifeguard beach operations and first aid services for city beaches that host more than 3.5 million visitors per year and up to 30,000 in a single weekend during the busy summer months.

The rest of the City Council members — pictured are Deputy Mayor Lisa Shaffer and Council member Mark Muir — were on hand, as were other city officials, lifeguards and representatives of the design, engineering and construction team.

The former lifeguard tower, originally built by lifeguard staff in 1953, was demolished on Oct. 24.