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Lifeguard HQ OK’d by Coastal Commission

The city’s long-awaited plan to build a $5-million lifeguard headquarters at Main Beach finally got a preliminary go-ahead from the California Coastal Commission after putting the entire bottom floor underground and reducing its above-ground footprint. The City Council Tuesday...

Tales of the Watermen: Sun and Surf Take a Toll on Guards and Towers Alike Part 2

By Dale Ghere, Special to the Independent The first metal towers  Around 1958, Chief Lifeguard Art Fizette decided lifeguards needed to be up off the beach for improved observation since annual beach attendance kept increasing, remembers Craig Lockwood, who also guarded in t...

Tales of the Watermen: Sun and Surf Take a Toll on Guards and Towers Alike Part 1

By Dale Ghere, Special to the Independent The pros and cons of permanent lifeguard towers have become a subject of debate in recent months. I thought a look back at the different kinds of towers used over the years would add some perspective to the discussion. Main Beach From the...