• Matt Esnayra

Long Beach to unveil new pride lifeguard tower on Thursday

The City of Long Beach will unveil the new Pride Lifeguard Tower on Thursday, June 10, after the old tower caught fire in what Mayor Robert Garcia called an "act of hate," the City announced Monday.

Details: The City will celebrate the installation of the new lifeguard tower in a ceremony located at Shoreline Way and 12th Place on Thursday, June 10 at 5 p.m.

  • The fire occurred after midnight on March 22, and at the time, LBFD's Marine Safety Chief Gonzolo Medina said the tower was "fully engulfed" in flames when first responded arrived.

  • Mayor Garcia and Councilwoman Cindy Allen will attend the ceremony and perform the hanging of the red Rescue Can, a standard operating procedure that signifies to the public that a lifeguard tower is in operation.

  • The new pride lifeguard tower will be constructed using pieces of the old tower and could cost between $35,000-$40,000 and typically last 20-30 years, per the LB Business Journal.

Quick refresher:

The original rainbow-colored lifeguard tower burned down to its aluminum skeleton back in March; Mayor Robert Garcia hastily condemned the blaze as an "act of hate," but investigators haven't been able to find the cause or suspects responsible for the fire, and remains under investigation.

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