Emma Schmitz Seawall Project Meeting

The intrepid reporter, Scupper, and I attended the meeting tonight. We lived streamed the meeting, as much as our internet connection would allow, on Facebook. For those of you not on Facebook, you can check out the video here.

Overall I thought the meeting went well. It was a nice turnout of neighbors despite no wine or cheese being served ūüėČ Seriously, great questions were asked and provided.

Garrett Farrell invites you to contact him directly with any questions or concerns:

Phone:(206) 233-7921
Email:Garrett.Farrell@seattle.gov

The Seattle Parks Department will continue to update their website: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/emma-schmitz-memorial-overlook

Argosy Christmas Ships passing by this Friday

Argosy2008The Argosy Christmas Ships are scheduled to sail along Beach Drive this upcoming Friday, December 7, 2018.  They are scheduled to be at Lowman Beach Park at 7:55 p.m. and then arrive at Alki Beach Park at 11:40 p.m.

Currently the weather for Friday looks like it will be cold and without rain. ūüôā

 

 

 

 

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.

Inches of Ice on Jacobsen Road

The base of Jacobsen Road towards Beach Drive is covered with inches of ice.

The Seattle Department of Transportation is on the scene. As we have not had real snow in days, I’m guessing this build up of ice is from the natural springs and our freeeeeezing cold spell.

Bundle up and drive safe, friends!

Barking Dog Report – Round 2: Storm and High Wind Warnings

Barking-Dog-ReportWe have another stormy day ahead of us as the remains of Typhoon Songda hits our area. Today’s storm is supposed to be much stronger than yesterday. ¬†Currently the National Weather Service has a “storm warning” for the Puget Sound and “high wind warning” for our region. Weather Guru Cliff Mass is warning people to stay away from trees during this storm as branches are likely to come down. Seattle’s Mayor recommends that we stay out of parks this weekend to avoid injury or worse from falling trees.

We’re issuing another “Barking Dog Report” because we are preparing for another day of water coming over the bulkhead. Even though the wind direction is not what we typically require for flooding for our home (SW), the winds are predicted to be powerful at the same time of higher tides.

The strongest winds are expected to hit our area in conjunction with higher tides. This afternoon’s high tide is an 11.9 at 4:45 pm.

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Here’s the current Puget Sound Marine Forecast:

PZZ135-151900-
PUGET SOUND AND HOOD CANAL-
258 AM PDT SAT OCT 15 2016

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON
STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE
TONIGHT

TODAY
SE WIND 5 TO 15 KT EARLY…BECOMING E 15 TO 25 KT. WIND¬†WAVES 2 FT OR LESS EARLY…BUILDING TO 2 TO 4 FT IN THE¬†AFTERNOON. RAIN.

TONIGHT
S WIND 30 TO 40 KT WITH GUSTS NEAR 60 KT…EASING TO¬†20 TO 30 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 5 TO 7 FT…SUBSIDING TO 3¬†TO 5 FT AFTER MIDNIGHT. RAIN IN THE EVENING…THEN SCATTERED¬†SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT.

High Wind Warning from the National Weather Service:

High Wind Warning

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
400 AM PDT SAT OCT 15 2016

EVERETT AND VICINITY-TACOMA AREA-HOOD CANAL AREA-
EAST PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS-BELLEVUE AND VICINITY-SEATTLE AND VICINITY-
BREMERTON AND VICINITY-
400 AM PDT SAT OCT 15 2016

...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE PUGET SOUND REGION
FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 2 AM PDT SUNDAY...

* WIND...INCREASING FROM THE SOUTH AT 20 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS
  LOCALLY NEAR 60 MPH LATE THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE SUBSIDING LATER
  THIS EVENING.

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS...SEATTLE...EVERETT...TACOMA...
  BREMERTON...BRINNON...WOODINVILLE...BELLEVUE...AND SUMNER.

* TIMING...THE STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO OCCUR BETWEEN 4 PM
  AND 9 PM PDT.

* IMPACTS...HIGH WINDS CAN TOPPLE TREES ONTO ROADS...VEHICLES...
  AND ROOFTOPS. FALLING TREES OR LARGE BRANCHES HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO
  CAUSE FATALITIES DURING WINDSTORMS. DOWNED POWER LINES CAN
  CAUSE POWER OUTAGES LASTING A COUPLE OF HOURS OR LONGER.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

SECURE LOOSE OUTDOOR OBJECTS OR LIGHT WEIGHT FURNITURE BEFORE THE
STRONG WINDS ARRIVE. IF THERE IS A POWER OUTAGE, AVOID THE RISK
OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING BY KEEPING PORTABLE GENERATORS AND
BARBECUE GRILLS OUTDOORS.

Here’s Wind Alert‘s current chart for predicted winds by Lincoln Park.

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Yesterday is old news… however we did experience flooding at our home. It wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been had the winds been more southwest. Thank you to our wonderful neighbors who stopped by to check on us and help out with the pumps. Our immediate neighbors did not seem to be impacted with flooding yesterday. I posted live videos on Facebook/beachdriveblog.

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Stay safe everyone! Charge up those cell phones, check those flashlights for batteries and check on your neighbors. Take care.

Truck Vandalized on 5600 Block of Beach Drive

A Beach Drive neighbor reports:

My truck was broken into last night. Had a late work day so still had computers and chargers in truck. They took everything plus my workout backpack with gear and running shoes. 5600 block on Beach Drive.

This took place on Friday night. The back side window of the truck was busted out.

Are you missing a boat?

This boat is floating by Emma Schmitz View Point heading north.DSC_0186

Reader asks about park bench replacement at Beach Drive & Jacobsen

A very popular rest stop at the south end of Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook took a tumble from corrosion back on February 23rd¬†(shouldn’t have eaten that last bite). Neighbors and out-of-towners have enjoyed watching the scenery under the huge “Raptor Tree” that Eagle & Osprey often use to spy on prey. Love that tree!

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Appears that the 2 legged benches are all failing at the weld just under the bench. There a few more with the same design near the drinking fountain that had caution tape applied immediately after the Jacobsen bench toppled . The tape has since come off and the older benches still stand… barely

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The newer 4 legged butt rest looks like a much better design for being near the saltwater…

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As far as replacement, we reported a few years back on plans to rebuild that entire section of the deteriorating seawall. No bench replacement or additions were to happen until the seawall issue gets solved.¬†Construction was intended to start last Summer but the design work was never finalized. A response from the Army Corp of Engineers back in November 2015 didn’t show much progress.

¬†Unfortunately I don’t have any updates at this point. We are still working through our feasibility phase process before we can move into final design.

I have a current email out to the Army Corp asking for any further progress & will update as soon as they respond.  Meanwhile, the storms keep pounding it and the park department continues to backfill the erosion.

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Picture above taken on the stormy morning of 3/10/16… photo below was furnished by a Beach Drive neighbor the very next morning. Park department workers mentioned that they really didn’t like parking their heavy equipment on the slumping strip of grass which precariously covers ¬†the 54″ sewer line carrying 50 million gallons of sewage per day!

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Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

Coastal Flooding upgraded to a WARNING

...COASTAL FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 8 AM PST
THURSDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A COASTAL
FLOOD WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 8 AM PST
THURSDAY. THE COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* COASTAL FLOODING...SALT WATER FLOODING IS LIKELY AROUND THE
  TIME OF HIGH TIDE TONIGHT.

HIGH ASTRONOMICAL TIDES...AUGMENTED BY UNUSUALLY LOW ATMOSPHERIC
PRESSURE...WILL LIKELY FLOOD VERY LOW LYING COASTAL AREAS.
NORMALLY...FLOODING WITH THE TIDES WOULD BE MINOR. HOWEVER...
WINDS WILL WHIP UP WAVES OF 4 TO 6 FEET AROUND THE TIME OF HIGH
TIDE WITH WATER COMING OVER SEAWALLS AND IMPACTING STRUCTURES IN
LOW LYING AREAS NEAR THE WATER. FLOODING IS EXPECTED AROUND
THE TIME OF HIGH TIDE.

THE TABLE BELOW GIVES TIME AND HEIGHT OF PREDICTED TIDES...THE
PREDICTED TIDAL ANOMALY DUE TO LOW PRESSURE AND OTHER FACTORS...
AND THE SUM OF THE PREDICTED TIDE AND THE PREDICTED ANOMALY.

STATION NAME: DAY  TIME     PRED   ANOMALY TOTAL TIDE
 SEATTLE      THU 05:38 AM 12.44    ~1.9     14.3
 PORT TOWNSND THU 05:12 AM  8.99   ~ 1.9     10.8
 FRI HARBOR   THU 05:53 AM  7.89   ~ 1.9      9.7
 CHERRY PT    THU 06:12 AM  9.48   ~ 1.9     11.3

* IMPACTS...FLOODING IN LOW LYING COMMUNITIES NEAR ALONG THE
  PUGET SOUND AROUND HIGH TIDE. WAVES MAY DAMAGE STRUCTURES
  IN LOW LYING AREAS ALONG THE SOUND.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS OCCURRING OR
IMMINENT. COASTAL RESIDENTS IN THE WARNED AREA SHOULD BE ALERT
FOR RISING WATER...AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION TO PROTECT LIFE
AND PROPERTY.

Slow down with Proposition 1 …opinion

SDOT’s new levy project to move most of Seattle sounds like another great plan for West Seattle (remember the monorail Green Line?). Status quo with more bike lanes and speed enforcement is exactly what we need! Let’s take closer look at each enhancement…

Fauntleroy Way: Key elements include paving, adding a protected bike lane, transit enhancements, and signal upgrades, improving safety and reliability for all travelers. Sounds terrific for Vashon Island comutters. How much $ are they contributing again??

Roxbury Street & 35th Ave:¬†Over the last three years, 294 collisions, 128 injuries, and 2 fatalities have occurred. We are currently planning and designing near-term safety improvements paired with education and enforcement, working towards the city‚Äôs Vision.¬†I believe a majority of these accidents occur from drivers slamming on their breaks trying to avoid the traffic-cop camera’s mailing¬†out $190 tickets for doing 22 in a 20mph School Zone… when lights are flashing or children present or¬†distracted by taking your eyes off the road to get a read on the myriad of signs designed to “educate us”.

SW Alaska Street:¬†¬†The levy would provide funding to make safety improvements like redesigning the roadway.¬†That’s an easy one. Just put the design back to where it was before adding the “bus only” & the staggered right turn only lane. Can you imagine being an out-of-towner trying to drive that stretch all the way to the junction?

Admiral Way: Project Goals

  • Encourage slower speeds ¬†Tell that to the bikers doing 40 mph down the hill.
  • Reduce collisions ¬†Collisions happen.
  • Accommodate existing maximum on-street parking occupancy There’s plenty of occupancy in motor homes & vans along Beach Drive.
  • Provide a comfortable and predictable bike connection between Alki and California Ave business district¬†Why just bikes?

Here’s a more comprehensive plan that’s much more inclusive to our residents…

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The rest of the levy just repairs what we already have at a cost of $275 per year per household (median household of 450K) as opposed to the $130 we’re currently paying with the Bridge the Gap levy.

I’m convinced that the rest of the city just believes we¬†West Seattleites love a good parade and need to slow down. While crawling in traffic between Admiral & Fauntleroy junctions yesterday, I reminisced of escorting my HiYu princess along California Ave. I wanted to roll down my window and give the float wave to all the angry impatient drivers heading the other way.

If you ask me, the rest of the city better look out. Old timers tell us it only took 71 years to get the high level bridge over the Duwamish!

Seattleites endured in trying to secure a high-level bridge that would get them to and from ‚Äúthe mainland‚ÄĚ without being held up by boat traffic along the Duwamish River.

West Seattleites began campaigning for the bridge in 1916 and at one point threatened to secede from the city if it didn’t deliver.

Thank goodness we now have the¬†West Seattle Bridge. Where else can you sit in traffic all day, soak in the wonderful views and dream of the day Starbucks can land a 4th cup of jo on your car hood’s drone pad.

They first named Alki “little New York” when the city founders came ashore. Now with all the new high density residential buildings coming on-line, we are becoming the “little Manhattan Island” of Seattle and could use a transportation plan that helps us get around.

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Scupper, blathering opinions on Beach Drive Blog (My wife, the blog boss, only allows me 1 opinion per year!)