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Matt Denison, San Clemente

In response to City Councilmember Lori Donchak’s column, “Shoring Up Marine Safety Headquarters” in the June 7 edition of the San Clemente Times, buildings do not save lives; lifeguards save lives. Where the headquarters reside should not make a difference to performance of duty. The allocation of $1.2 million into a building that is there for changing clothes, storage of equipment and paperwork is taking taxpayer funds and getting nothing in return.

What opinions were investigated? With social media so prevalent, schedules, reports and other paperwork can be accomplished online. A storage facility for equipment and changing facilities could be a modular unit that is placed where the lifeguard headquarters is now and moved during heavy storm times. This would be practical and cost-effective. We have a vacated City Hall that could be used for some duties performed at the headquarters.

Our lifeguards may be more pleased with a raise than a $1.2 million headquarters that is only used by the guards alone. The Public Works director gives the improvements a 10-year minimum on life expectancy. Is this a good use of public funds? The article would have given the public an informed view, if Donchak had not stated the obvious of what a lifeguard does and more of what opinions were reviewed and discarded for the use and necessity of a headquarters building built on sand.

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  • The writer would have the City of San Clemente put pods and temporary buildings on our world class beaches. Beaches that draw tens of thousands of nonresidents each year who make significant contributions to our local economy.

    One only has to visit Dana Point to understand the value of investments in the infrastructure of a city. Dana Point has made itself into a premier coastal city because of its investment in the quality of its public building and spaces.

    We can be the poor trashy neighbors picking up the leftovers of the tourist dollars or we can share in it. But more importantly I want to live in a City that takes pride in itself, offers the physical and visual elements that make us proud and never wants to become the South Los Angeles of south Orange County!

    After 43 years of living here and paying property taxes I have no regrets that my share of taxes has been used to upgrade our environment.

  • ive been complaining about the narrow beach trail behind that building for years but humphy and his guards don’t want to give up their parking spots or share the road

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