Magnificent Moonlight Makeover

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Moonlight Beach will be ready  just in time for the start of the busy Memorial Day weekend.

 Alex Anshus and his sister Jackie take a picture at Moonlight State Beach. Construction on new showers, restrooms, fire pits, picnic tables, walkways and other facilities at the Encinitas beach will be completed in time for the Memorial Day.

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The Moonlight Beach improvement was a $4.8 million construction project and resulted in two new structures. The first is a 3,600-square-foot building that contains restrooms (the old restrooms and other public facilities were just “plain funky.” Even city park officials themselves described the old bathroom complex as “moldy”), a concession stand, a beach equipment rental area and storage for the city’s beach recreation programs. It’s tucked into the hillside, freeing up about 14,500 square feet of beach sand space.

The second building is an 850-square-foot lifeguard storage building at the end of C Street, with a viewing rooftop allowing beachgoers to walk on it.

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There are now several new palm trees at the C Street beach overlook area.

Encinitas city parks officials have decided to go with their first-ever, ribbon-cutting ceremony in the evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13.

The event now has morphed into a two-hour beach party with live music by the Ladies Love Outlaws band.

The 101 Artists Colony plans to spend the day creating a huge sand sculpture, but the artists aren’t telling what their sand creation will look like.

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