Long Beach, California 2021-06-10 12:36:29 –
A brightly colored pride lifeguard tower will be dedicated to Long Beach on Thursday to replace what the mayor considered a “hate act” destroyed by a fire.
“We are very proud that our Lifeguard Tower is back as a symbol of inclusion and love,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “We are also excited about the community process of expanding the features and amenities around the tower to create more active space.”
The tower, set up by the Long Beach Fire Department, will be announced at 5 pm on the Shoreline Way and the beach near 12th. The event will include a ceremonial opening of the tower flaps by Garcia and city councilman Cindy Allen, and the hanging of a red rescue can, a traditional signal that the Lifeguard Tower is up and running. ..
“The Pride Tower represents our unwavering commitment to LGBTQ employees and the diverse community of Long Beach,” said LBFD Chief Marine Safety Chief Gonzalo Medina.
The former pride tower Destroyed by fire The tower was set up as part of the 2020 Long Beach Pride Week celebration and was painted iridescent by LGBTQ members of the Marine Safety Division during Pride Month.
“For those who do this, we’ll rebuild better and brighter,” Garcia said in a Twitter post during the fire.
“There is little doubt that this is an act of hatred,” Garcia said, stating that the tower is free of incendiary bombs and materials that could cause the flame to start naturally, such as outlets and natural gas. It pointed out.
The fire investigation is ongoing, according to a city statement this week. However, the researchers agree that “the tower did not have an electrical or heat-related ignition source.”
According to the city, “based on witness statements, no source of ignition was found in the tower, so the fire is classified as arson.”
Anyone with information about the fire was urged to call the department’s investigation hotline at 562-570-2582.