Emma Schmitz Memorial seawall construction Fall 2018

The Seattle City Council finally put the OK stamp for construction to begin on the Emma Schmitz seawall project. If it holds, construction is due to begin around storm season, I mean Fall of 2018. Seattle Parks and the Seattle Division of the Army Corp of Engineers have been tossing plans around since 2013. BDB posted extensively about the needed repairs for years as the wall has wasted away.

King 5 is filming a live report tonight announcing the final approval of construction.

Update: Here is King 5’s coverage.

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

 

John C. Stennis CVN-74 heading out

This morning our intrepid reporter, Scupper, caught a couple pics of the John C. Stennis heading out into the lingering smoky haze from the BC fires.

Recovering the plane off the shores of Beach Drive

UPDATES POSTED BELOW.

A water craft has approached the plane that landed on Puget Sound just off the shore of 6000 Beach Drive yesterday afternoon.


We’re assuming the plane will be towed when tides are a bit higher. We are just coming off this morning’s 6:00 am low tide of 1.45 and the next predicted high tide of 8.71 just before 3:00 pm this afternoon.

It’s truly amazing that nobody, including the two men on board the plane, was injured during this emergency landing.

Additional coverage can be found here:

West Seattle Blog
Westside Seattle

KOMO news

 

Update 2:14 pm:

Cranes have arrived to help hoist the small plane.

Update 2:21 pm

The plane has been lifted from Puget Sound.

Update 2:50 pm:
The plane is now resting on the deck of the crane.

Explosion on Beach Drive

Around 1:40 a.m. this morning, a unnamed Beach Drive neighbor says they were awoken by a powerful explosion that reverberated through his home. Our intrepid reporter, Scupper says that by the water side Mee Kwa Mooks park, a garbage can was disintegrated and the telephone pole that it was sitting next to is deeply scorched.

Scupper reports that it appears that the hoodlums were planning a party as they left behind several uncooked steaks and hot dogs at picnic table at the park. They apparently left in a hurry after the explosion.

The Seattle Fire Department arrived on the scene just after 2:00 am this morning.

Hopefully these idiots are caught.

Is this your kitty? UPDATE: Kitty has been reunited.

UPDATE: “Bubbles” has been reunited with his owner. 🙂

This sweet friendly orange and white short haired kitty was running along Beach Drive and Jacobsen. 

Happy Friday!

We thought you’d enjoy this picture of an early morning musician at Mee Kwa Mooks.

Community Meeting about Lowman Beach Park seawall next Wednesday, May 31, 2017

NEWS RELEASE
Edward B. Murray, Mayor
Jesús Aguirre, Superintendent

For Immediate Release: May 25, 2017
Contact: Karen O’Connor, 206-233-7929
karen.o’connor@seattle.gov

Community invited to Lowman Beach Park seawall meeting

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to the Hall at Fauntleroy at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31 to learn about the Lowman Beach Park seawall and provide input on design options. The Hall at Fauntleroy is located at 9131 California Ave. SW.

Lowman Beach Park is a neighborhood park on the water located just north of Lincoln Park at 7017 Beach Dr. SW. At this meeting, SPR will present the project background, analysis of the coastal processes (wind, waves, tides, sediment transport/littoral drift) and design options, as well as gather community input.

The Lowman Beach Park seawall is failing and needs to be removed or replaced. As visitors to the park have seen, the existing seawall is slowly falling over towards the water. It is SPR’s goal to remove the remaining seawall and continue the shoreline restoration work that began when the south half of the seawall failed in the mid-1990s.

We hired Environmental Science Associates (ESA) as a design consultant to undertake a feasibility study to look at options for removing the seawall, taking into consideration both the habitat benefits of the seawall removal and the coastal engineering ramifications of that seawall removal. Given the design constraints of the project, it is likely that the existing tennis court will remain in place.

For more information, please visit https://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/lowman-beach-park. If you have questions about the project, or if you need an interpreter or accommodations please contact David Graves, SPR Strategic Advisor, at david.graves@seattle.gov or 206-684-7048.

I spy an Eagle eye

Early in the morning yesterday, we awoke to see a bald eagle. It’s not unusual to see them in the tall tree a few blocks away from us located at the most southerly part of Emma Schmitz View Point…however, this is the the first time we’ve seen one on a neighbor’s fence (next door to Beach Drive Bungalow aka Alki Yacht Club).
The eagle had dropped his snack (a fish) on the neighbor’s bulkhead and decided to hang around until a crow encouraged the eagle to move along.

Film Crew on Beach Drive today

Earlier today, we spied a film crew at apartments between Cormorant Cove and Constellation Park.


The infamous ever intrepid reporter Scupper discovered that the movie is a “short film”.

Car launches into a Beach Drive front yard

Just before 7:00 pm tonight, an SUV went out of control and landed in a front yard of a home on the 4700 block of Beach Drive (near Jacobsen Road).
Apparently the man driving lost consciousness and some managed to wind up on the sidewalk, narrowly missing a telephone pole, careening down the sidewalk about 20 feet, passing a parked car on the sidewalk before wiping out a fence and landing in shrubbery. You can see the front end of the car  that was passed on the sidewalk – which appears to be undamaged.

A Beach Drive neighbor who was walking on the west side of the street just saw white fence flying through the air as the accident happened.

The driver of the vehicle was seen alert and talking on his cell phone in the aid car on the way to the hospital.


It’s a miracle that no one was walking on the sidewalk on warm evening like tonight when this all happened.