Posted: 03/30/2010 08:55:50 PM PDT
Updated: 03/30/2010 11:22:43 PM PDT
City officials plan to put up strongly worded warning signs on a beach that has been the site of three drowning deaths since the end of January — a beach referred to as the "people eater" by one resident Tuesday.
Pacifica City Manger Steve Rhodes said the new signs will be similar to those posted at San Francisco beaches warning visitors that people have drowned there. The signs, which should be up by the end of the week, come in response to a recent string of deaths that have served as a reminder of the danger that exists at coastal beaches, which are subject to strong currents and pounding waves.
Pacifica resident Joe Ettore, who was reading near Pacifica Pier on Tuesday morning, said he spends a lot of time at Sharp Park Beach and knows it's dangerous. The 44-year-old, who has worked as a crab fisher in the Bering Sea, said he frequently sees people get knocked down and pulled under by waves. He added that one of the most dangerous spots is a couple of hundred yards south of the pier.
"I call it the people eater," he said. "A lot of people lose their lives here."
Posted by Steve Sinai