The 53rd annual Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest held June 8 on Crown Memorial Beach featured a vast array of original works in both the architectural and creative divisions. The Alameda Recreation and Parks Department, which hosts the event, reported 475 people participated with 50 sand castle entries and 64 sand sculpture entries.
Winners were divided into age categories with the judges’ favorites being named “Best in Show” for each division. The top three entries from each category — which include the best in show entries — received ribbons for their efforts.
The East Bay Regional Park District has teamed up with All One Ocean to help keep plastic and other litter from invading San Francisco Bay, killing birds and fish. They have installed three boxes and stock them with recycled coffee bean bags. Visitors to the Alameda shoreline are invited to take these bags and use them to pick up any plastic they find, put the plastic into the coffee bags and dispose of the bags in the nearby garbage cans.
The Friends of Crown Beach (FCB) group has collected enough signatures to get the Crab Cove zoning measure placed on the November ballot, according to the Alameda city clerk’s office.
FCB, a local group leading the effort to expand and enhance Crown Beach at Crab Cove, has dubbed the petition the Crab Cove Open Space Expansion Initiative. The group has been on a quest to acquire enough signatures from Alameda residents to have the measure on the upcoming November ballot since March.
The Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau identified a man who drowned in the waters off Crown Beach on Friday, June 1, as 73-year-old Dr. Andres Caicedo. The victim, a surgeon from Walnut Creek, died while kite-surfing. Firefighters were called to Crown Memorial State Beach at 4:26 p.m.
The Alameda Fire Department (AFD) received a report that a kite-surfer had brought a second, unresponsive kite-surfer ashore. AFD transported Caicedo to Alameda Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
In a unanimous vote at its July 1 meeting, the city council decided to adopt the Crab Cove initiative to rezone the federal surplus property on McKay Avenue as “open space.” This means that the initiative, “Crab Cove Open Space Expansion Initiative,” will not have to appear on the November ballot.
Both Friends of Crown Beach and the Sierra Club “strongly disagree” with the federal government’s plans.
According to a letter obtained Monday by The Alamedan, the federal government plans to sue the state of California to reclaim ownership of MacKay Avenue, the street that Roseville home builder Tim Lewis Communities needs to rekindle its Neptune Pointe home building plans. Lewis is in the process of purchasing federal property along McKay.
The San Francisco chapter of the Sierra Club announced it has officially endorsed the "Initiative for Expansion of Open Space at Crab Cove," ballot drive, now titled "Crab Cove Open Space Expansion Initiative," according to a press release from the club.
"The people of Alameda voted for the East Bay Regional Park District to buy this property when they approved Measure WW in 2008," said Norman La Force, chair of the Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter East Bay Public Lands Committee. "This land is important for the operation of Crown Beach Park."
"You’re representing developers’ interests, not the public’s, therefore we’ll take over and do it ourselves."
I recently attended a planning meeting for people who volunteered to carry petitions to place a referendum on the November ballot to save Crown Beach and stop the City "leaders" from giving public land to a private developer — just as we did with the Chuck Corica golf course, when we, the public, told our "leaders" to stop trying to give the golf course to Ron Cowan.
On Feb. 6 The Alamedan’s Michele Ellson reported that "representatives from the city, the East Bay Regional Park District and developer Tim Lewis Communities have agreed to attend mediation in an attempt to end their legal fight over a 3.899-acre property the park district had hoped to obtain to expand Crab Cove."
New America Media’s Jonah Most is now reporting that mediation is under way.