Work starting on Twin Lakes beachfront improvements.
SANTA CRUZ >> As 75 people in cars, on bikes and on foot swarmed Twin Lakes State Beach on Thursday morning for the groundbreaking of a 10-month project to improve the beachfront, the scene was chaotic.
That’s what this $4.7 million investment is about, providing safe access to a short but very important piece of the 1,271-mile California coastline.
A sidewalk. Bike lanes. Organized parking spaces. Shoring up a street that is foundering as the sand erodes. All next to a picture-perfect beach location by the Santa Cruz Harbor, home to some of the city’s most popular restaurants, which by the way will stay open during construction.
Emcee for the event was county Supervisor Ryan Coonerty, whose father Neal started the project when he was supervisor.
The father’s advice to the son after his 2014 election: “Get Twin Lakes done.”
Working with homeowners in the area, finding funding and getting approvals from local, state and federal agencies, made the project complex. More than 80 individuals and agencies were involved, according to longtime county staffer Betsey Lynberg, who shepherded the project.
That took time — a lot of time.
“It’s been around 20 years,” said Terri Locke Carroll, 70, who lives around the corner and was new to the neighborhood when the discussions began.