Saturday, July 19, 2008

Close yet so far away

A couple of months ago the city posted that the bridge crossing the San Luis Rey River into the Harbor would be done in June 2008. If you have checked lately you will see that there is still plenty of work to do. Regardless of all the finger pointing we will have to wait till it done before we can resume our complete cruise of Oceanside's coastline. No matter how you do it cruising has been a sport that began with the first wheeled vehicles that showed up. I certainly am guilty of doing it and I now walk, ride and drive Pacific Street, The Strand and Harbor Drive for fun at least once a day if I am in town.
Thanks to anyone who helped this bridge become a reality.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

New Eats & Brews in Oceanside

If you are like me you get a little excited about a new eating and or drinking place in our community. We have watched two new places with some patience, but come on now open.

Harney Sushi has opened in Oceanside at the corner of Mission Avenue and Cleveland Street Downtown. Check out there web site and you'll see this is not you traditional sushi place. I think it is going to be a very popular place for sushi, music and entertainment.

The Breakwater Brewery at Coast Highway and Seagaze is scheduled to open this weekend. Looking inside it promises to be a hip brew pub with some good eats. Their website is not up yet, but look for it soon. Easy parking for both new places, park in the lots on Cleveland Street for easy access.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Sand Challenge 2008

Since the late 1920's Oceanside has been blessed with The Strand. During that period of time it has let us document how wide our beaches have been. Now in July of 2008 we can see the past reoccurring as it does often times. I put a number if images up show you back in the 60's when the surf lapped on the Northern most portion of The Strand. It has happened in the late seventies and to some degree about every ten years.
The Federal Government has taken responsibility for clearing our harbor channel since the 1960's and has dredged millions of cubic yards of sand directly onto our beaches usually between the Pier and Wisconsin Street. Dredging this year made a noticeable improvement in the area South of the Pier and short of Wisconsin Street and almost ever bit of the material has now gone into the surf line, under water. Today's photos show that the surf broke on The Strand and deposited sand. This is an ominous sign for our future. It shows we are not replacing enough sand in order to protect The Stand and homes next to it. This erosion is predictable and if action is taken quickly we can avoid all of the dire consequences. I hope our City officials are doing everything they can to keep this from happening. If you question this just ask anyone who has been here for more than thirty years.