Visionaries: Robert Garcia, Envisioning The FutureRelease Date: 2017-09-11
Twenty years from now, Mayor Robert Garcia envisions a climate resilient Long Beach with an active coastline, a still-bustling port, multimodal streets and healthier communities. Garcia and the city government are planting the seeds now to ensure that this vision becomes a reality.
At the top of the list of Garcia’s goals for the city is activating its miles-long beach. “Twenty years down the road, I hope to see an active coastline with a reconfigured breakwater,” he said in an interview at his city hall conference room overlooking the downtown shoreline. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently undertaking a study on reconfiguration options to allow for ecosystem restoration.
“We want more people to access the beach and the coast and the water. And the main way of doing that is making sure that we have enough coastal activity and restoration and tidal flow so that the water is not only incredibly clean but [also] so that people can actually enjoy it,” Garcia said.