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Plans to rebuild historic structure at La Jolla Windandsea move forward

Plan aims to beautify and improve safety in area
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Posted at 6:13 PM, Jan 15, 2021

LA JOLLA, Calif. (KGTV) -- Plans to rebuild a historic structure that was torn down by vandals are in motion at La Jolla Windandsea.

Ozstar DeJourday has called the La Jolla Windandsea area 'home' since 1967.

"There's nothing like the good ol' La Jolla," DeJourday said.

But residents have been missing a beloved structure, built in 1912.

"The belvedere that was here behind me isn't here anymore," DeJourday said.

The belvedere, better known as a gazebo, was torn down by vandals in 1982.

"I was disappointed that it was gone, but I think it's good to restore the historic things that are here, especially if it brings a little nostalgia and gives a little shade," DeJourday said.

Back then, the city did not have plans to rebuild it. But now, they do.

"I'd love to see if that use happen again," project landscape architect Jim Neri said.

Since the late 1990s, Neri's company has taken the lead to improve the area, little by little. They started with the parking area and installed stairs. Their latest plan to rebuild the historic belvedere, add chained barriers and benches was recently accepted by the city.

"The intent is to preserve that slope and return that piece of history to Windansea Beach," Neri said.

The new barriers will direct people to use the safe, well-worn walkways instead of the newer, steep slopes. Work for the $250,000 project will not begin until the city, California Coastal Commission, and residents officially sign off on the plans. But they hope to start construction by the end of the year.

"I think all the neighbors are going to be happy about it. It gives you a better beach quality," DeJourday said.

If you would like to contribute to this project in any way, contact "Friends of Windandsea."