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Work underway to rebuild well-used Petersburg beach shelter

Posted: June 28, 2013 - 12:05am

PETERSBURG — Work is underway to rebuild a well-used, and worn-out, shelter at Sandy Beach in the southeast Alaska community of Petersburg.

Dave Nauman, with the Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department, said the $55,000 project has required about a year of preparation before reaching the current early stages of building, including tearing down the old shelter.

Nauman hopes to have the project done before the first snow falls, KFSK reported.

Nauman has wanted to fix up the shelter for a long time. It is one of two shelters at the popular Sandy Beach. The other was rebuilt in 2009.

The shelter he’s working on hadn’t been worked on in decades. Nauman said it had so many rotten logs, it was dangerous.

“It wasn’t as safe as it looked, you know,” Nauman said. “And the truth is it’s all a guess. We probably could have gone another five or 10 years, or only six months. But a big wind storm, an act of God, who knows?”

He said his boss a few years ago asked for his thoughts on improvement projects for the department. He mentioned the shelter, and the department got a grant from the state for the work.

Nauman said he’s trying to keep the project under budget. If there’s money left over, the department will use it to fix up beat-up trails behind the shelter, he said.

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