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By Jim Shilander

After being damaged by vandals overnight September 10, repairs have been made at the 9/11 Driftwood Memorial at Poche Beach. San Diego Gas and Electricity workers installed a new light pole near the memorial site Tuesday. Lynda Cline, who helps manage the Palm Beach Park trailer park, which owns the memorial site, said she hopes the light will help prevent such incidents in the future.

“They really stepped up to the plate,” Cline said. “Originally, they weren’t very sure whether they could do it or not. Within a week, they went from ‘We’re not sure,’ to maybe doing it in six months. Then they got all the ducks in a row and came out this week. It just happened. They did a good job.” The light pole replaces a solar-powered light that was destroyed in the vandalism.

Cline said that the community had rallied to help repair the site and prevent future vandalism. The decorative bricks around the driftwood, which had been taken out and thrown about the beach, would be mortared into place, in order to prevent future vandalism. Two new benches would also be put in place in the coming weeks, she said. A new flag pole was also likely to be brought in in the

SDG&E installed a new light pole near the Driftwood September 11 Memorial Tuesday. Residents of the Palm Beach Park trailer court across the street are hopeful the new light will help prevent future vandalism. Photo by Jim Shilander

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