By ABBEY KUNKLE
Special to the PRESS
The Shoreline Task Force met last week for their regular meeting to discuss current projects, studies, and funding for the year.
The Beach Maintenance Department has been working on general improvements to prepare the beach for the busy summer season. Treviño worked with Environmental Health Director Victor Baldovinos and City Council Member Alita Bagley to develop new beach access signage for informing visitors about city ordinances regarding the beach. The team came up with a handmade sign built in house by the City’s Beach Maintenance foreman and long time carpenter Joe Vela. The sign will be stained, with a natural, authentic look at a cost of 25 signs for $20,000. These signs will be placed at the walkovers of each beach access, starting with at least five signs before Memorial Day to be placed at the most high traffic accesses and eventually at all beach accesses. The signs will also be reflective. Task Force members approved of the project and the City Council approved the budget amendment at their meeting on May 6th.
During the meeting, the task force discussed funds for beach and bay related projects, including consideration of the Restore Act Grant. The City Council recently proposed a grant writing committee, and task force members felt they had information to contribute to the process. City Manager Bill DiLibero agreed and clarified that the grant writing committee will be responsible for tracking grants, but each regular committee may serve in an advisory capacity. Additionally, the Shoreline Task Force will work on their capital improvement plan to submit a list of projects, which includes boat ramps, public bay access and more, to be considered when funds become available.
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