Historic Photo of Beach Drive

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This was sent in by one of our Beach Drive neighbors:

House from the 30s torn down in the 60s with lot subdivided into three lots with middle lot now at 4731 Beach Drive. Note roof of current existing house in right side of photo with tile roof. Photo obtained from Puget Sound Regional Branch archivist.

Thanks for sharing!

Unusual carcass washes up on Beach Drive shore

A local neighbor reported this washed up shark carcass to Washington Fish & Wildlife late this morning while walking his dog along Emma Schmitz Viewpoint…

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Beach Drive resident Mark Snyder spotted the nearly 6 foot hulk after peering over the edge of the seawall to see what all the bird racket was about.

A spokesperson from WSFW believed that it may be related to a species of Thresher shark they’ve been seeing due to the warmer than usual waters off the coast. She also mentioned that ocean going ships will often snag an animal from distant waters and deposit them on inland shores as they reduce speed. A Wildlife boat has been dispatched for tomorrow morning to drag the shark back to the Armeni ramp for proper disposal.

Mark is often seen sail boarding on the windiest of days around here and told us that “this will definitely make me better at my sport, I’d hate to fall out there and meet one of these guys!”

 

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

Lost Siamese Cat: Bacchaus UPDATE: FOUND!

Update: Bacchaus has been found and reunited with his humans.

Have you seen this missing Siamese cat. He last seen on 59th ave SW/Andover/Charlestown. Contact 949.861.0919 if found. Cat’s name is Bacchaus.

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It’s a great day for a regatta

I am guessing this sail boat race is the Corinthian Yacht Club  South Sound Series, just passing Lincoln Park and heading to Three Tree Point. If you know differently, please chime in!

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The Tacoma & Samish ferries testing off Beach Drive

Notice all the unusual ferry traffic off of the drive lately? WSDOT is putting two boats through the paces prior to Coast Guard safety inspections.

The Samish is the latest 144 car Olympic class boat that will join the San Juan Island fleet this summer. She’s the second of three new boats designed to replace some of the aging Evergreen State Class ferries that were built in the 1950’s.

The MV Tacoma is the infamous jumbo that blew a few fuses in late July and left hundreds stranded. An employee from WSDOT (West Seattle resident & a BDB reader!) told me she was very excited to see this ferry rejoin the Bainbridge route starting in April.

IMG_3986Unusual sight to see a couple Washington State ferries drag racing while hiking through Mee-Kwa-Mooks park.

 

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

 

Missing Cat: Have you seen Jackson?

Jackson has been missing from the 5400 block of Beach Drive since Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

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Jackson is a 7 year old male long hair Black/white tuxedo cat.

If you have any information please call or email:
206-459-1017
Wellness_therapy@yahoo.com

Are you missing your buoy?

A Beach Drive neighbor found this buoy while beach combing this morning. If you’re missing your buoy, she’s happy to return it to you.

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Car Vandalized this morning on 3800 Block of Beach Drive… and more crime…

This just in from a neighbor:

“This morning at 4:45 am on the 3800 block of Beach Drive SW, our car windows (rear and side) were smashed and a very important work suitcase was stolen. The alarm went off & we saw a white car take off driving.”

1:52 PM Update – I just read this on West Seattle Blog:

CARDS STOLEN FROM CAR IN 5600 BLOCK BEACH DRIVE: And used fraudulently, quickly, after the theft in mid-February, over the span of four hours, at a supermarket and three gas stations. The victim hadn’t even had the time to cancel the cards yet.

SPORTS EQUIPMENT STOLEN FROM CAR: At Beach Drive and Canada, a bag containing baseball equipment was taken

UFO buzzes onlookers at Mee-Kwa-Mooks

It’s a plane, it’s a bug, no, it’s a powered paraglider cruising at low altitude off the shores of Beach Drive SW late this afternoon…

IMG_3952The flight path appeared to be north around Alki Point at around 3:50 PM then back south towards Lincoln Park and beyond!

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Pretty darn cool if you ask me!

 

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

Routine maintenance on Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook sea wall

A Seattle Park & Rec crew performed some routine and temporary repairs today along the aging sea wall.

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Winter storms and runoff has caused erosion in several areas behind the 1927 wall… and in front of the 54″ sewer main where the crew will back-fill with gravel.

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The permanent fix is still in the paper stage with the Seattle division of Army Corp of Engineers.  I’m waiting for a response regarding any progress and will report on any new developments.

UPDATE: 1:32 PM

Melissa Leslie of the US Army Corps of Engineers informed me that there are no updates at this time.

The feasibility report is still under review at our Division office. Once the project is approved we will then start the design phase to reach 100% design. Seattle Parks is probably just be conducting maintenance at this time.

 

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog