Marine Safety Center Upgrade

The City of Solana Beach is in the design development phase for a new Marine Safety Center building that would replace the existing facility at the same general location at Fletcher Cove Park. This new, coastal serving public safety facility would provide much needed additional and more functional space for the City’s Marine Safety Department while respecting the current uses and functionality of Fletcher Cove Park and the public beach environment.

Preliminary Design 

After conducting a community workshop in 2019 and several follow-up City Council meetings, a preliminary design option has been developed. The proposed design takes advantage of the existing hillside on the south side of the existing facility where additional space would be accommodated while minimizing view impacts. The project specifics are:

  • A new, two-story Marine Safety Center Building in the same general location as the existing facility
  • 3,247 square feet of office, operational and observational public safety space
  • 1,884 square feet of parking/storage area for Marine Safety vehicles and equipment
  • 21’-3” from existing grade
  • View Story Pole Plan 
  • View Informational Flyer 

Public Feedback

In order to receive ample public feedback, a set of story poles as well as artistic renderings of the proposed design have been placed at the existing Lifeguard Station to allow for a better visualization for members of the community and other stakeholders.  

Please note that the primary purpose of placing the story poles is to introduce this design option to the community and to receive feedback. The City is still at the preliminary phase of this project. Additional design, public participation, permitting and City Council meetings will be necessary before the project is fully authorized for construction. Lastly, please note that, while this is a priority project for the City Council, no construction funding has been identified yet. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the schedule for the project?

Project schedule is undetermined at this time. Since construction funding is not available currently, the City will not pursue a Development Review Permit or a Coastal Development Permit from the California Coastal Commission since there are time limits on those permits as to when construction must be completed.

Will there be another Community Workshop or Council Meeting to discuss this project?

Yes. Although nothing is scheduled at this time, the project will be presented to the community and the City Council in the future. City Staff will provide ample notifications via e-Blasts and Mayor’s announcements for any future public workshops or Council meetings regarding this project.

Previous Project Review by City Council

This project was brought before the City Council for review and comments on October 14, 2020. A copy of the presentation can be found below. Note that the design has been modified slightly since that meeting and a roof option has been chosen so the graphics in the presentation are not exactly as shown on this page.

Marine Safety Center - Design Update - City Council Meeting - October 14, 2020

    Marine Safety Center - Preliminary Design Options - City Council Meeting - November 20, 2019

    RFP for Preliminary Design - City Council Meeting - October 24, 2018

    Marine Safety Center - Feasibility & Needs Assessment - City Council Meeting - June 14, 2017

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