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READER REPORT: Anyone missing a dock?

(Photo by Jon McAllister)

Thanks to Terri for the report. On this after-the-storm Friday night, she says, this washed-up floating dock was spotted on the beach at . If you know of somebody missing one, you might consider pointing them there.

HELPING: Monday morning Alki Beach community cleanups launched

The photo is from Mandi, who announced two weeks ago that she was organizing weekly post-weekend community cleanups at Alki Beach, and welcoming assistance. Today was the second cleanup, she reports. “We are getting lots of support and interest. My goal is to start with cleanup and see what else we can do to keep Alki Beach beautiful.” Interested in helping? You can join Mandi at 9 am Mondays – email her at mandikhall@gmail.com.

YOU CAN HELP: Weekly community cleanups at Alki

Mandi is organizing weekly post-weekend community cleanups at Alki Beach and invites you to join her if you can: 9 am every Monday morning. Anyone interested in helping can meet her at Alki Beach Bathhouse (60th/Alki). Questions? Email Mandi at mandikhall@gmail.com.

吉林快三大小群P.S. Bring your own supplies (bag, grabber) if you can!

FOLLOWUP: No police at Alki closing time tonight

10:54 PM: Closing time at Alki tonight looked a lot like last night in one way – quiet, no fires, not-so-summery weather. But in another way, it was different: No police. As reported here this morning, red tape strangled the plan for three officers on overtime to help at closing time Thursdays-Fridays-Saturdays, with Parks covering the cost, after just one night (here’s our Thursday night coverage). Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Kevin Grossman said today, “I learned yesterday that any movement of funds from one city agency (e.g., Parks) to another (e.g., SPD) requires city council approval. So until that issue is resolved, the dedicated Alki emphasis patrols will be paused. This is a disappointing development — both for my officers and for the neighborhood.” So what happens now? We immediately inquired with both Councilmember Lisa Herbold‘s office and Parks. Herbold legislative assistant Newell Aldrich told us in the morning they were “looking into it” and then at day’s end sent this update: “We haven’t got answers from Parks to our questions; they’ve indicated the answers are more complicated than they anticipated. They are working on getting us answers.” So it appears the ball is in Parks’ court right now (we haven’t heard back from them yet at all). Meantime, Capt. Grossman added that he has “directed that our available on-duty resources conduct patrols on Alki when not otherwise committed”; no officers were in sight as we drove the length of Alki, including Don Armeni, before and after the 9:30 pm closing time tonight. There was a Parks vehicle on the promenade, headed west right at 9:30, but it then headed out of the park; by then, light rain was falling.

2:24 AM: Commenters say the fires started later in the night tonight. Here’s a photo sent by a reader:

FOLLOWUP: First night for extra police at Alki Beach closing time. Update – was it the last?

10:55 PM: We went to Alki to check on the extra police announced吉林快三大小群 for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, starting tonight. They had a quiet, chilly night for their first run backing up Parks crews at the 9:30 pm closing time. We got there around 9:10, when the officers and Parks crews made a sweep to warn the few beachgoers on hand that closing time was approaching.

吉林快三大小群Though illegal beach fires have been a huge problem for weeks, none were in evidence when we got there. When 9:30 closing time arrived, the two vehicles headed eastbound:

We also checked Don Armeni around 9:45, and officers were there too, with a congregation of cars that looked to be gearing up to leave. The extra officers are only slated to be on duty until 11; we’ll be listening to see what happens after that.

ADDED FRIDAY MORNING: Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Kevin Grossman says they’ve run into complications – interagency funding transfers apparently require City Council approval – and will “pause” the new patrol until that’s worked out. We’re following up on this with both council and Parks to see what’s being done about this and how soon.

11:38 AM: Councilmember Herbold’s office tells WSB they’re “looking into it.”

Another seal pup rescued in West Seattle, likely ‘abandoned due to human activity’

If you see a seal on the beach – keep your distance, for their sake. David Hutchinson of 吉林快三大小群 sent this report and photos after another rescue:

Seal Sitters MMSN responded Wednesday to the second orphaned harbor seal pup in the last 2 weeks. This thin pup was first reported in the morning on private property along Beach Drive SW. He returned to the water early in the afternoon and just after 5 PM, Seal Sitters’ Hotline received a call about a pup on Alki Beach at 55th Ave SW. Spot comparison photos confirmed that this was the same animal.

吉林快三大小群A perimeter was set up to keep people back and First Responders monitored the tiny pup while answering the many questions from folks out enjoying the sunny day. The pup stayed ashore only briefly, but returned to the beach around 7 PM. He was observed at that time to be very lethargic with tremors. Phone calls were placed to NOAA’s regional stranding coordinator to see what options were available to rescue the pup from this dangerous location and stabilize overnight. When the incoming tide began to roll the weakened pup in the surf, he was removed from the water by the Seal Sitters’ First Responder and placed above the high tide line. NOTE: Only authorized members of NOAA’s Marine Mammal Stranding Network are allowed to handle seal pups.

Casey Mclean, SR3 Executive Director and Veterinary Nurse, agreed to come for an evaluation and removal from the beach. The pup weighed 8 kg (17.6 lbs). His glucose level was very low, he was dehydrated and was suffering from hypothermia. A small umbilical stump was noted and age estimated at a week or so. Casey began some preliminary treatment including starting fluids. If this pup survives, it is hoped that he can be transferred to one of the scarce rehabilitation spots that are available.

Harbor seal birthing season is from late June through September in our area of Puget Sound. These pups would normally spend from 4-6 weeks nursing before having to face life on their own. About 50% don’t make it through their first year.

Seal Sitters would like to thank the individuals who reported this struggling animal to our Hotline. We have had to adjust some of our normal procedures because of the COVID-19 restrictions, but will be doing our best to respond to your calls.

Based on the urban location, it is highly likely this newborn seal was abandoned due to human activity. Always stay back when you see a seal pup on the beach and call Seal Sitters’ Hotline at 206-905-7325 (SEAL).

Here’s the report吉林快三大小群 on last month’s rescue.

FOLLOWUP: Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook seawall progress photos

If you’ve driven, walked, rode, or run past Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook (4503 Beach Drive SW) in the past few weeks, you’ve seen the – but not from the beach side. Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Seattle Parks shared progress photos.

The new $3 million seawall is being built in front of the failing old one.

Building the 465-foot-long seawall will last about half a year, project leaders said at the pre-construction meeting we covered in June.


吉林快三大小群Before we get back to The News – a bird break! Three beach photos:

The Bald Eagle above was photographed by Raul Baron; the next two photos are by Larry Gilpin – an Osprey:

And a Great Blue Heron:

(Sorry, we don’t know what The Catch Of The Day was!)

FOLLOWUP: Six days after ring removal, illegal beach fires persist at Alki

(Photo by David Hutchinson)

That had to be dispatched to Alki this morning, with people continuing to ignore the beach-fire ban, less than a week after Seattle Parks removed the long-locked fire rings people had been damaging. has been dispatched to Alki five of the six nights since then – three times , once , once , three times , once . We asked Parks spokesperson Rachel Schulkin吉林快三大小群 if anything else is planned. She replied, “I think the next move would be to close the beaches. We are grateful to SFD for their support and grateful that you are covering this and reminding folks that beach fires are not permitted this summer. In case folks wonder why, it’s because beach fires are more often than not used as a place for larger groups to gather. As we are still in Phase 2 and gatherings must be 5 people or less, beach fires are not permitted.”

WILDLIFE: Abandoned newborn harbor-seal pup rescued

The photos and report are from David Hutchinson of :

On Wednesday, Seal Sitters’ volunteers responded to the first harbor seal pup in West Seattle this 2020 pupping season. Early in the morning our Hotline received a report of a small pup swimming by the steps along the Alki promenade. The pup, nicknamed “Echo”, finally settled on one of the lower steps.

吉林快三大小群While Seal Sitters is the official NOAA stranding network for West Seattle, we partner with other groups to provide specialized health evaluations and care. SR3 (headquartered in Des Moines) sent their vet to do a visual assessment. Echo still had an umbilical stump present. This usually dries up and falls off by a week to 10 days after birth, so this was a very young pup. A seal pup’s best chance for survival is always with its mother, so it was decided to monitor Echo throughout the day in hopes that she might reunite with her mother at some point. The chances of a pup being abandoned due to disturbance is much higher in a busy urban environment. After many hours of rest, Echo returned to the water with the rising tide around 5:00 that evening and after a brief detour as far as the Alki Bathhouse, was seen swimming offshore to the west toward the Alki Lighthouse.

吉林快三大小群On Thursday morning, Echo was reported on a private beach west of the promenade. With the consent of the property owner, Seal Sitters responded and watched over the pup until the arrival of SR3 staff. The pup appeared thinner and there was no evidence of an attending mother. Because of this, it was decided to remove Echo and transport her to PAWS for rehab. Seal Sitters received a report yesterday morning from PAWS – Echo is female, just under 30 inches long and weighs a bit less than 20 pounds. She arrived at their facility thin and dehydrated and the hope is that she will do well in rehab.

Harbor seal pupping season is from late June through September in our area, so you may come across more pups on our West Seattle beaches over the next few months. This is typical behavior as they need to rest and warm up. Please remember to keep back and ask others to do the same. Always keep dogs on a leash and at a distance. As soon as possible, contact Seal Sitters’ Hotline at 206-905-7325.

吉林快三大小群The request in bold is extremely important – another wildlife advocate told us about Echo just before we heard from Seal Sitters, and noted that spectators were way too close and abundant when she was at the public beach, which could have led to her mother abandoning her.

ALKI BEACH: Fire rings removed after months of misuse

(WSB photos)

Thanks for the tips. A crew has been out on Alki Beach this morning, removing the fire rings and cleaning up the debris/trash left behind. The fire rings have technically been but 吉林快三大小群 crews have been called out many nights because people have set fires on or near them anyway.

And indeed, Parks spokesperson Rachel Schulkin吉林快三大小群 confirmed to WSB after we photographed the ring removal this morning: “Fire rings have been locked all summer to prevent the crowding and congregating that happens with beach fires. Folks were lighting fires on top of the pits, so we are removing them for now.”

WEST SEATTLE ART: Big birds on Alki

Thanks to David Hutchinson for the photo! He explains, “Artist was at the east end of the Alki promenade (Saturday), creating a 3D chalk artwork. She was doing this in association with the Alki Art Fair, which unfortunately had to be cancelled this year due the COVID-19 situation.” A nearby sign directs you to stand on marked “footprints” and use your camera “to see the illusion.”

FOLLOWUP: Getting around the Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook seawall project

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The fence is up, the new crosswalks are painted, and the is about to launch into major construction mode. When we covered the first of two public pre-construction briefings, the traffic plan for the site wasn’t finalized yet, but it was ready for the second meeting last week So in case you missed that- . The plan includes crosswalks at Jacobsen and Snoqualmie. You can also read a transcript of the July 1st meeting and see the slide deck – which includes the planned truck routes for the work – by . If you still have project questions, here’s the contact info: AlkiSeaWall@usace.army.mil or 206-764-3750. Construction is expected to last into early next year.

SATURDAY: Start your 4th with a community cleanup @ Alki

Your neighbor Jessica is organizing community cleanups at Alki Beach every first Saturday, 10 am-2 pm. Yes, THIS Saturday – the Fourth of July – too! “Meet outsude 2452 Alki Ave SW. Help pick up garbage before it ends in the ocean. Bring gloves, mask, and a bucket or garbage bag with handles for ease. I have 10 pick sticks provided by City of Seattle. Please RSVP at 206.769.6330. Supervised children welcome. FRIENDLY LEASHED Pets welcome but cannot be on Beach. Let’s keep Alki clean.”

Here’s what to expect as construction starts for Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook seawall replacement

(Photo from meeting presentation)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

吉林快三大小群Work will start as soon as next week at the site of the on Beach Drive.

The project’s been years in the making. One year after an in-person community meeting (WSB coverage here), and the 吉林快三大小群 are ready to get it going, and they told attendees that construction of the 465-foot-long seawall will last about half a year.

Major concerns voiced during the meeting included the team’s mention of a construction fence covered with a “green tarp” and how that might affect views. (Here’s the meeting slide deck.)

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SEAWALL PROJECT: 2 online meetings ahead as Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook project nears

(Corps of Engineers photo, 2014)

The long-in-the-works seawall-replacement project at (4503 Beach Drive SW) is finally about to start – and that means changes in park access and parking. Two online meetings are coming up for updates and Q&A. As announced by Seattle Parks:

The Seattle District – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Seattle Parks and Recreation will be holding two virtual public meetings to kick off the project to replace the Emma Schmitz Overlook seawall in West Seattle and discuss the latest project news.

吉林快三大小群The construction contractor, Bainbridge Island-based Redside Construction, is preparing to begin staging equipment in the coming days, as suppliers have been able to produce key project materials ahead of schedule. It’s anticipated pre-staging will help avoid delays caused by the West Seattle Bridge closure. Redside Construction could start pre-staging equipment and close public access to the park as early as June 22. Construction is still set to begin early-July.

“The good news is the pandemic has not affected the supply chain for the critical construction materials for this project,” said Jeff Dillon, Army Corps project manager. “The unexpected early delivery of the custom piles puts the project in the best position to start and finish on time. Park users and project neighbors will experience some inconvenience earlier than expected, and we appreciate the community’s patience. We look forward to completing a new seawall that will protect the shoreline and underground utilities for years to come.”

In the first week of staging, residents will see the installation of no-parking signs and detours as well as fencing around the construction site. Temporary office trailers and steel piles for the seawall construction will also begin to arrive. Additional construction materials and a crane will be delivered by the end of the third week.

Here’s how to access the June 17th (Wednesday) and July 1st meetings, both at 4 pm:


吉林快三大小群Use this link:

Enter the meeting number:
146 580 1139 (for June 17) or 146 002 2703 (for July 1)

吉林快三大小群Enter your name and email address then select “Join Meeting”

Select ‘Connect to Audio’ (phone icon – the first circle)

吉林快三大小群Select ‘Call Me’ and enter your phone number to receive a call from the conference system.

If prompted for a security code dial: 1139

Enter Access code: 5721558 followed by #
If requested, enter Security code: 1139 followed by #

We covered an in-person community briefing last July (here’s that report).

WEST SEATTLE BEACHES: Low-low tides today through Monday

(WSB photo, low-low tide last month)

吉林快三大小群Today is the first of four days that’ll bring (we like to call them “low-low tides”) to local shores – -3.0 feet at 11:14 am today, -3.4 at 11:56 am Saturday, -3.2 at 12:39 pm Sunday, and -2.8 at 1:23 pm Monday. If you go to the beach, tread lightly – the low-low tide leaves many creatures vulnerable. Best way to admire is from a distance – you can walk Alki and marvel at how far out the water recedes, for example.

WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: Battle of the Great Blue Herons

Thanks to Laurence Shaw吉林快三大小群 for this series of photos from Alki during low tide earlier this week.

吉林快三大小群He says, “I was lucky enough to witness a pair of Great Blue Herons battling over a spot of lunch near the 1300 block of Alki Ave SW.”

吉林快三大小群“Happy to report that the bird who made the catch ultimately held on to its prize.”

What’s the long-term solution for waterfront driver gatherings? Residents, police discuss @ Alki Community Council

(WSB photo: Quiet moment on Beach Drive by Constellation Park, May 13)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Would removing parking solve the problem of drivers gathering along West Seattle’s public waterfront?

That was one of the suggestions as residents of three Alki-area neighborhoods dominated the discussion at the Alki Community Council‘s onlne meeting last Thursday night.

The meeting began with an update from Southwest Precinct operations commander Lt. Steve Strand. While police have launched their seasonal emphasis at Alki, he warned that the city’s COVID-19-related budget crunch is reducing the amount of money available for overtime to staff those extra assignments (and others). Nonetheless, extra officers were planned for two of the three days on Memorial Day weekend.

Addressing the driver-gathering concerns, he said the “Stay Healthy Streets” designation for Beach Drive by Constellation Park (and then Alki Avenue west of 63rd) was inspired by the ongoing problems there. The situation worsened after the Don Armeni Boat Ramp parking lot was closed吉林快三大小群, he noted, displacing the “car clubs” who liked to gather there. He acknowledged that the problem keeps shifting, and noted that they’re “looking at long-term solutions” if, as has been , the Constellation Park-side change is temporary.

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(WSB photo)

That’s the view from the west side of 吉林快三大小群 a little over an hour ago, as we head toward , -2.9 feet at 1:09 pm. If you’re headed out walking/running/rolling, the views are great – and the crowd thinner, at least when we were out – the further east/northeast you are along Alki Avenue (and part of Harbor Avenue as well). Tomorrow brings a low-low tide too, -2.6 feet at 1:46 pm, and then on Monday it’s -2.0 at 2:33 pm. Later this month, the tide will be out to -2.1 feet on Memorial Day (Monday, May 25th). Next month, , with tides out to -3 feet and beyond on June 5, 6, and 7.

P.S. The Alki shore is of course far from the only place to enjoy the low-low tide view. Don Brubeck took this photo at midday Friday along the West Seattle side of the Duwamish River:

SEEN AT ALKI: SPD Mounted Patrol helping ‘Keep It Moving’

Thanks to Alki photographer David Hutchinson for the sighting. While Alki and other major city parks are NOT closed this weekend, the city’s new exhortation is to “Keep It Moving,” with accompanying signage (as shown here Thursday). That’s not so much of a challenge on a cooler, gray day like today, but if anyone needs prodding, officers from the is on hand. The horses are actually based in West Seattle, on the east edge of Westcrest Park in Highland Park.

WEST SEATTLE SCENE: Starting the week with a splash

The photo and report are from Jessica:

Dominic吉林快三大小群, my son, is insisting we jump in the Sound every Sunday morning so we get a fresh start to the week in this time of Corona. He’s a 5th grader at STEM-Louisa Boren.

Anyone else with new routines to mark the time? westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!


吉林快三大小群On the last night of winter, Alki was a popular place. We drove over for a look after several people messaged us, worried that too lttle social distancing was happening. Most of what we saw was people walking in couples or family groups – but not all – remember, keep your distance! Meantime, it was defintely a lot like a summer night – cars and motorycles being shown off:

The wind and waves finally calmed down – but earlier this week, some great scenes we wanted to share before it’s too late:

The view above is from David Hutchinson – below, looking the other way, from Theresa Arbow-O’Connor:

And this one, also from earlier in the week, is by Chris Frankovich:

More sunshine is forecast tomorrow – and then at 6:30, join Alice Enevoldsen‘s equinox sunset watch online!