Carlsbad Funds Beach Lifeguards

by The Editors on October 24, 2018

The City of Carlsbad, California will officially provide Fire Department lifeguard services on the North stretch of beach from Oak Avenue to the city’s northern border.

Two full time positions will be added to supervise the program. During peak beach going times, around May through September, depending on weather conditions, the city will employ about 25 part time lifeguards. . . In addition to lifeguard staffing, the approved program includes three small scale wooden lifeguard towers, two lifeguard trucks and one personal watercraft to patrol in the water as needed.

Finally the City spends some money ($603,000 year) on something we can all agree on. Now, about that skatepark in the Village. . . For the official word from the City, please follow the jump.

Most of Carlsbad’s nearly seven miles of coastline is owned and managed by California State Parks, which provides lifeguards. This part of the coast, referred to as north beach, is not part of the State Parks system and has historically not had lifeguard services.

The city sought proposals from other agencies so the City Council could evaluate different options for providing lifeguard services in the north. State Parks and Orange County Lifeguards provided bids to provide the service. The City Council opted to keep the program with city staff, which created a pilot lifeguard program in 2017.

The city’s lifeguards will be part of the city’s Fire Department. Two full time positions will be added to supervise the program. During peak beach going times, around May through September, depending on weather conditions, the city will employ about 25 part time lifeguards.

In addition to lifeguard staffing, the approved program includes three small scale wooden lifeguard towers, two lifeguard trucks and one personal watercraft to patrol in the water as needed.

The annual cost of the three options, after the first year start up, were $404,000 for the State Parks proposal; $575,000 for the Orange County Lifeguards proposal; and $603,000 for the city to provide the service.

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