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Waverunners on City's Shopping List

The City is shopping for five new Yamaha Waverunners
The City is shopping for five new Yamaha Waverunners

San Diego may be having budget problems, but the City is still in the market for five brand-new shiny black FX HO Yamaha Waverunners, so-called personal watercraft that start at about $12,199 each, according to the manufacturer’s website. “The FX HO has all the design features that are most familiar to current lifeguard PWC operators and have a proven track record and has been used successfully in a variety of conditions,” according to the City’s request for bid.

In a separate action, the City is looking for someone to “design and build an Electronic Information Kiosk” to reside inside a new “Business Resource Center” that is intended to occupy the long-vacant City Store in the lobby of city hall at 202 C Street. Details are sparse, but according to the City’s “request for quotation,” part of the project is a four-by-four-foot green-fabric-covered kiosk with a city seal that will contain “computer equipment” to be installed by the City. The old City Store, a pet project of city manager Jack McGrory and Mayor Susan Golding back in the early ’90s, offered customers a collection of replica street signs, fire hydrants, Blacks Beach T-shirts, Shamu figurines, and other municipal memorabilia until it was shuttered two years ago.

Floor plans for the new center show an “interactive touch computer,” a “work table/help desk,” and a “large display monitor,” along with supersized graphics including the words “Finance,” “Bio-Technology,” “Health Care,” and “Hotels and Restaurants.” According to the documents, the center would “feature San Diego’s Finest City [sic]” and “Showcase Some Key Businesses” along with a photo of Mayor Jerry Sanders. A “hand sanitizer dispenser” is also specified. No cost provided.

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The City is shopping for five new Yamaha Waverunners
The City is shopping for five new Yamaha Waverunners

San Diego may be having budget problems, but the City is still in the market for five brand-new shiny black FX HO Yamaha Waverunners, so-called personal watercraft that start at about $12,199 each, according to the manufacturer’s website. “The FX HO has all the design features that are most familiar to current lifeguard PWC operators and have a proven track record and has been used successfully in a variety of conditions,” according to the City’s request for bid.

In a separate action, the City is looking for someone to “design and build an Electronic Information Kiosk” to reside inside a new “Business Resource Center” that is intended to occupy the long-vacant City Store in the lobby of city hall at 202 C Street. Details are sparse, but according to the City’s “request for quotation,” part of the project is a four-by-four-foot green-fabric-covered kiosk with a city seal that will contain “computer equipment” to be installed by the City. The old City Store, a pet project of city manager Jack McGrory and Mayor Susan Golding back in the early ’90s, offered customers a collection of replica street signs, fire hydrants, Blacks Beach T-shirts, Shamu figurines, and other municipal memorabilia until it was shuttered two years ago.

Floor plans for the new center show an “interactive touch computer,” a “work table/help desk,” and a “large display monitor,” along with supersized graphics including the words “Finance,” “Bio-Technology,” “Health Care,” and “Hotels and Restaurants.” According to the documents, the center would “feature San Diego’s Finest City [sic]” and “Showcase Some Key Businesses” along with a photo of Mayor Jerry Sanders. A “hand sanitizer dispenser” is also specified. No cost provided.

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Waverunners? It is far cheaper to just allow people to drown. There are too many people in San Diego already, and the ones that drown will be replaced in a short time.

Feb. 15, 2011

OK this is an issue we need to address. I have been swimming in the ocean for the passed 10 years. it is my favorite part about summer, but now I am absolutely terrified, not of drowning or being eaten by a shark but of being decapitated by a lifeguard on a waverunner. I wish I had had my camera. When I was in coronado I witnessed the lifeguards taking turns on the waverunner and FLYING like 70 miles an hour parallel to the shore 20-30 feet behind swimmers. they werent rescuing anyone just playing. they spent the whole day playing on these things. I was too scared to go for a swim and it really bummed me out that this was now so pervasive. I thought it was just a matter of time until someone was killed by 1 of these things the same way the lifeguards flying down the beach in there buggy ran over a sunbather and killed her. This is a bad bad bad idea.

Feb. 18, 2011

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