Lawsuit halts construction of Mission Beach lifeguard tower

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SAN DIEGO -- Construction on a new lifeguard tower in Mission Beach has been frozen by a lawsuit.

Area residents who oppose the constuction successfully sued the city of San Diego for building without a valid permit.

"We are simply going after the city to obey their own laws," said Ken Giavara, one of the residents who brought the lawsuit.

As a result, the south border of Mission Beach has been a fenced construction site for over a year without any progress.

Opponents of the tower say the plan to build a 4000 square foot lifeguard headquarters is too big for the area.

“It’s way too big. That is the feeling of all of the people I talk to around here, and we wouldn’t have to sue if the city had just talked to us before they started working,” Giavara said.

But many beachgoers say it’s time to finish the project one way or the other, because the frozen construction zone is ruining the natural beauty of the Mission Beach.

“It would be nice if we could see the ocean instead of a construction site,” a local surfer said.

The San Diego city attorney has appealed the decision that shut down construction. The next court date is later this month.