The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with Manson Construction, are rolling up their sleeves to begin the beach beautification project, set to kick off Monday, December 4, 2023. It's a full-on restoration of one of the city's prime slices of coastal charm, known to be as much a bulwark against the tides as it is a playground for sunseekers.
According to a press release on the City of Solana Beach's official website, our beloved beachfront is due to receive its first shipment of grains by mid-December, pending the machinations of the San Clemente + USACE beach sand project. Preparing the stage for this grand entrance involves a nautical ballet of sorts, with a flotilla of about five ships and tugboats parading in to set the dredge pipeline in position—a sight that might be worth grabbing your binoculars for.
It's not all fun and games, though. Safety first, folks. For the sake of keeping everyone out of harm's way, the beach and its adjacent watery wonders will be off-limits in the immediate area of the pipeline's placement. Signs will crop up like mushrooms after rain to signal the temporary no-go zone, so keep your beachcombing aspirations in check for just a while longer.
The city is banking on the community's team spirit here as they press on towards sprucing up what's undeniably a treasured public space. "The City appreciates the cooperation of the community while we restore our highly valued public beaches," said a voice from the beach project update, calling for a little neighborly patience as Solana Beach gears up for a fresh coat of coastal bling.