Lifeguard tower benefits start

Schedule begins this Sunday

Del Mar’s Friends of the Powerhouse have scheduled several summertime events in their effort to raise money for a new lifeguard tower and beach safety center.

According to the foundation’s website, the current lifeguard tower, built in 1964, is in disrepair. The building is cracked, is too small to support the current staff and operations, and due to the lack of a seawall, gets flooded in the winter and the entrance becomes obstructed by sand.

Barbara Harper, founder and president of the Friends of the Powerhouse, said the organization has already raised roughly $400,000 to build the new lifeguard station and seawall, with the goal of $1 million.

She said the city of Del Mar informed her that if the foundation can raise a third of the cost, or a little less than $1 million, it would prove the public is behind the project, and the city would pay for the rest.

“We have the plans, we have the permit, everything’s in place, we just need the money,” she said, urging people to look at pictures of the current tower, available on their website, so they can see “how bad it really is.”

Head lifeguard Pat Vergne said some of the main aspects of the project would be improved public restrooms, Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and a larger first-aid facility.

Harper said construction on the new tower and seawall projects would take about a year, and would be planned so it does not interrupt the peak summer beach season.

For more information on the towers, events or to purchase tickets, call 755-1641 or visit www.friends

Annual fundraiser June 26

Speaking of Del Mar Lifeguards, the Powerhouse Community Center will be home to the Del Mar Lifeguard Association’s 18th annual fundraiser, 7 to 10 p.m. June 26.
The “Support your Lifesavers” summer dance party will feature music from the Corvettes, an oldies-style band. See the community calendar for details.

Tiki Torch Beach Barbecue and Tile Painting Party
- 2 to 7:30 p.m. June 27
- Lifeguard tower parking lot and beach front
- Attendees can purchase and paint their own tiles to someday line the wall of the new facilities. They can also buy and personalize a brick for $250 to be added to the walking pathways between Coast Boulevard and the beach. Phil’s BBQ will cater the event, with plates going for $15.
There will four other opportunities to paint the tiles during the summer, those being between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., July 3, 11, 24 and August 1. The first tile will cost $40, but buying them in multiples means a discount.

“Party for the Tower”
- 6 p.m. August 4
- En Fuego restaurant.
- Tickets are $45 and include a buffet dinner, no-host bar and live auction.
For more information on the towers, events or to purchase tickets, call 755-1641 or visit www.friends ofthe

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