Beach Drive Neighbor runs for City Council District 1

GeorgeYou may know George Capestany as the person who has the three goats just off Beach Drive.

Did you know he wants to represent West Seattle on the City Council?

Here is his press release:

George Capestany  for West Seattle.  Community leader & coach, launches campaign for Seattle City Council in District 1.

SEATTLE- George Capestany, a long time West Seattle resident, active community volunteer, and US Navy Veteran launched his campaign for Seattle City Council District 1 today – Veterans Day 2014. Capestany is seeking to represent the newly established District ,  which includes the areas of West Seattle, Delridge, South Park and all the neighborhoods in between.

Capestany has pledged to be a strong voice for the citizens of West Seattle. George is focusing his campaign on representing the needs of the district 1 communities on the council, which include public safety, transportation, traffic congestion, parking, and development that affect the residents of West Seattle.  Capestany has vowed to make sure development and planning projects are in the best interest of residents and respect the unique landscape of West Seattle.

“For a long time, West Seattle residents have been left out of virtually everything that goes on at City Hall. Now we have a chance to elect one of us, a true West Seattle resident who knows our area.” Capestany said. “I will work to ensure the unique needs of West Seattle are heard and addressed.”

Capestany has pulled together a team of key business leaders and residents to assess what is important to the community. After considerable deliberation, Capestany determined he has the ability to unite all the unique neighborhoods in district 1.

Campaign Treasurer and long-time West Seattle resident, Ronald Sullivan stated, “West Seattle residents have gone too long without real representation in City politics, and as a result transportation issues are affecting the quality of life for us on the West Side.  West Seattle neighbors need to have their voices heard to ensure there are transportation alternatives, especially during the ongoing tunnel construction.  George is a proven leader who can truly represent the needs of this area on the Seattle City Council”.

Port of Manchester WA?

Yes, they actually do have an “official port” where their 3 elected members meet at the library once a month. Now they have something to really talk about, two 1000+ foot cargo ships anchored off their shores! Long term neighbors along Beach Drive have commented about never recalling cargo ships of this size tucking in behind Blake Island.

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The first cargo ship anchoring off Manchester was reported on November 6th by B-Town Blog as making an abrupt U-turn due to weather or mechanical issues…

“The ship Hyundai Force was going south to Tacoma at 1:15 p.m. when it made a U-turn and proceeded slowly in a northern direction.
When the ship made the U-turn it was just north of Three Tree Point.
As it made the U-turn, it blew its fog horn several times.
Clearly must be a response to the strong winds.
Note the trail of white behind the ship showing where it made its U-Turn.”

The Hyundia Force and the NYK Constellation are most likely hanging out waiting for the contract embattled Longshoreman in Tacoma to pay attention to them. The work slowdown has been stacking up ships and cargo up and down ports of the West coast. The Facebook page for Pier Trucker Seattle pretty much sums up how the slowdown is affecting our local transportation and exports (warning for explicit language).

 

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

Sirens and Smoke at 4800 Beach Drive

Sirens screamed down Beach Drive in the wee hours this morning to the call of a fire in a home at 4800 Beach Drive.

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Scupper was on the scene and learned that the fire was put out by quick thinking and a garden house before the fire trucks arrived. You can still smell smoke in the air.

Thank goodness nobody was hurt. Back to bed!

The Christmas Ships

2013-11-10_1635It won’t be long before the holidays are here, which brings the Argosy Christmas Ships.  Here are some of the dates where Beach Drive neighbors may be able to enjoy the festive scenes from the comforts of your home.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13
DEPARTS: Elliott Bay Marina, 3:30pm-5:50pm
CHOIR: Dickens Carolers
PERFORMANCES: 4:20-4:40 Lowman Beach Park*; 5:10-5:30 Alki Beach Park*

MONDAY, DECEMBER 15
DEPARTS: Elliott Bay Marina, 7:00pm-9:45pm
CHOIR: Holy Names Academy Choir
PERFORMANCES: 8:05-8:25 Manchester City Park*; 9:15-9:35 Salty’s on Alki*

PS: Don’t forget to send us your holiday pics if you would like them shared with neighbors (and the wide world on the web) on Beach Drive Blog.

Barking Dog Report: Strong Wind and Waves

Barking-Dog-ReportBrace yourself for another stormy day. As I write this post (8:00 am) we have a wind advisory starting around noon and ending at 6:00 pm and a gale warning in effect until 4:00 pm with a high tide of 11.86 feet at 3:32 pm.

Here is the current Seattle City forecast:

…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 PM PST THIS EVENING…

TODAY…WINDY. RAIN AT TIMES IN THE MORNING…THEN SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A QUARTER TO A HALF INCH POSSIBLE. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 60S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH BECOMING SOUTHWEST 20 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT…BREEZY. MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS. LOWS IN THE LOWER TO MID 40S. SOUTHWEST WIND 15 TO 25 MPH BECOMING SOUTH TO 10 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

National Weather Service:

  • Today: Showers. High near 61. Windy, with a south wind 26 to 33 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
  • Tonight:  A 40 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. Breezy, with a southwest wind 18 to 23 mph becoming light south after midnight.

Puget Sound Marine Forecast:

 GALE WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM PST THIS AFTERNOON    

TODAY  S WIND 15 TO 25 KT…BECOMING SW 25 TO 35 KT LATE IN THE  MORNING. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT…BUILDING TO 4 TO 6 FT. RAIN IN THE  MORNING…THEN SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON.  

TONIGHT  SW WIND 20 TO 30 KT…EASING TO 10 TO 20 KT AFTER  MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 3 TO 5 FT…S

A “barking dog report” means that we are very closely watching the sound and preparing to possibly flood. It may or may not happen (hopefully not!!).  Consider us your neighbor’s barking dog who’s barking at potential trouble.

 

 

 

Better watch your step!

If you’re one of the many humans being walked by your dog along Beach Drive, you may be wondering when the Mutt Mitt boxes will be refilled. You’re going to have “hold it” until at least year-end according to the Seattle Parks people I’ve talked to. Lack of funding and having to prioritize needs will be the theme for the remainder of this year.

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One thought is to load up our local boxes with those biodegradable produce bags you get from grocery shopping. These boxes are located along Beach Drive at Cormorant Park, Mee-Kwa-Mooks, Lowman Beach, and the north entrance to Lincoln Park. I’d eat my (clean) shoe if Seattle Parks funds bags over employees in the foreseeable future.

 

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

Are you missing an industrial pontoon boat?

It looks like a dock has lifted anchor and is now off the shores of (approx) 4800 – 5000 Beach Drive SW.  My apologies for the poor photo quality.

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120 Homes without power on Beach Drive

It appears the powerful winds tonight have brought down a tree or branches along with a power line causing 120 homes to be without power.

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We are watching transformers blowing across the sound at Maury and Manchester (we believe). Looks like Manchester has power back on at this time. We had our power blip off and back on.

Hang on to your hats – we still have a couple hours of this wind warning to get through.

Howling Winds in the Forecast Tonight: Barking Dog Report

Barking-Dog-ReportFor those newer to Beach Drive Blog, one of the main reasons why we started this neighborhood site was to help keep the neighborhood informed of potential weather situations. I’m often surprised when neighbors are caught completely off guard or are not prepared for potential flooding. A “barking dog report” is kind of like your neighbors dog that’s barking – it could mean trouble or nothing at all. At the very least, it may serve as a reminder to be prepared for big storms.

So what’s triggering this “barking dog” is that we have wind gusts up to 60 mph in Seattle tonight. Eeee gahds!  We have a HIGH WIND WARNING in effect starting at 8:00 pm tonight and ending at 2:00 am.

From the NWS: A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS THAT A HAZARDOUS WIND EVENT IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING.

Check out the current forecast (and be sure to check back as forecast do change).

Seattle City Forecast

…HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 2 AM PDT SUNDAY…

TONIGHT…VERY WINDY. RAIN IN THE EVENING…THEN SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A QUARTER TO A HALF INCH POSSIBLE. LOWS IN THE MID 40S TO LOWER 50S. SOUTH WIND 25 TO 40 MPH BECOMING SOUTHWEST AFTER MIDNIGHT. GUSTS TO 60 MPH.

SUNDAY…BREEZY. SHOWERS LIKELY. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A TENTH TO A QUARTER OF AN INCH POSSIBLE. HIGHS IN THE 50S. SOUTHWEST WIND 15 TO 25 MPH.

SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS. LOWS IN THE MID 40S TO LOWER 50S. EAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH BECOMING SOUTH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

National Weather Service

  • Late Afternoon:  Rain. Steady temperature around 57. Windy, with a south wind around 30 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
  • Tonight: Showers. Low around 49. Windy, with a southwest wind 35 to 40 mph decreasing to 28 to 33 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
  • Sunday: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 18 to 23 mph decreasing to 9 to 14 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Puget Sound Marine Forecast

 GALE WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT    

TONIGHT  N WIND 10 TO 20 KT EARLY…BECOMING SW AND RISING TO 25  TO 35 KT IN THE EVENING. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT…BUILDING TO 4 TO 6  FT. RAIN IN THE EVENING…THEN SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT.  

SUN  SW WIND 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. SHOWERS LIKELY.  

SUN NIGHT  SW WIND 10 TO 20 KT…BECOMING S 5 TO O 15 KT. WIND WAVES  1 TO 3 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

And last… but not least… the tides

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It looks like we may miss any serious flooding (green-water spilling over the bulkhead). Tonight’s high tide is 10.7 ft just before 6:00 pm.  If the strong winds blow in at 8:00 pm, then tides should be around 8 feet (give or take)… however if you add 4 to 6 foot waves to the mix, it could be interesting. The good news is that the tides will be heading down until midnight.

The main reason for the “barking dog” is that if the wind warning lives up to forecast with 60 mph winds, we could see downed tree branches, loss of power, etc. If you have any umbrellas or other potential projectiles outside, you may want to make sure everything is secure.

 

 

 

Lost Brown Dog found on 63rd

UPDATE: DOG AND HUMAN HAVE BEEN REUNITED.losst dog oct 19
This handsome dog is running loose around 63rd off of Beach Drive and needs to be reunited with his or her human. Do you know who he/she belongs to?