Del Mar Shores beach stair officially open in Solana Beach

Solana Beach-goers can now easily access the city’s southernmost shoreline, thanks to the reopening of Del Mar Shores access stairway.

Although the stairway has been open since early October, city officials and community members officially celebrated the reconstruction of the structure with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 12.

“It’s beautiful and it looks very sturdy,” said Deputy Mayor Lesa Heebner. “It will be well used for years to come.”

Funded by nearby property owners, the staircase was built in the 1970s and deeded to Solana Beach after it became a city in 1986. The deteriorating stairway was deemed unsafe and closed indefinitely in November 2012.

Construction of the new structure began at the start of the year. The $1.1 million project, which includes a lifeguard tower, was funded by a $200,000 grant from the California Coastal Conservancy, beach and public recreation fees collected by the city and the city’s general fund.