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Rosarito Is Getting 6 New Lifeguard Towers Donated By San Diego

Lifeguard towers clear hold in Mexican customs

TIJUANA: Sixteen used lifeguard towers donated by Southern California lifeguards to their Mexican counterparts are now in Baja California after a 17-day delay at the border caused by paperwork demands of Mexican customs authorities. 
The towers, which crossed Wednesday evening, are destined for Tijuana, Rosarito Beach, Ensenada, Puerto Peñasco in Sonora and Punta Abreojos in Baja California Sur. They were donated through SDALERT, a coalition of San Diego lifeguard agencies; they are more than 10 years old and were scheduled to be replaced. 
Lorena Flores, assistant director of international affairs for Tijuana, said the delay was primarily because the city hadn't been properly registered with Mexican federal tax authorities to receive such donations. 
The size of the towers, which weigh between 2,500 to 3,000 pounds each, was another factor in the delay, said Michael Kieley, a liaison officer for the Tijuana Fire Department. 
Rosarito Beach, with more than six miles of coastline, will receive six towers. The city now has one lifeguard tower, Fire Chief Hector Castelán Medina said. –S.D. 

Ron Raposa 
Cell: (619)948-3740
Published Friday, June 19, 2009 8:04 AM by Kanoa Biondolillo


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