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Posted on October 17, 2013 at 10:36 AM by Lois Whitney
Q: On October 8 or 9, the Lifeguard station at D.T. Fleming's beach was scheduled to be demolished. This station in particular is an icon in our small Westside community, as it bears a mural of a beloved long-time resident who passed away in 2007, Ron Cassidy. This may not seem an important issue in the big scheme of things but to people who frequent this location and live in our community, it is. Is there a way the mural can be saved? Thank you for your time and consideration.
A: Thank you for asking about this, as I have heard a lot of misinformation being circulated in the community. Over three years ago, several County lifeguards asked our Risk Management Division to inspect the tower for safety considerations. After the inspection, Risk Management recommended the replacement of the tower with a new tower similar to the other portable towers in use in Maui County. To keep the public and our lifeguards safe, a new, state-of-the-art tower was requisitioned and purchased, and in fact was specially designed by the manufacturer as a new, larger-capacity model called the “Maui Tower.” The tower has been delivered to D.T. Fleming Beach and is being installed, with all logistics planned to allow work crews to carry out the demolition, delivery and installation of the new tower in a timely and coordinated manner. As for the beautiful mural painted by acclaimed local artist Ronaldo Macedo, it was carefully removed prior to demolition, and plans are being made for the permanent installation of this meaningful tribute to a beloved member of our community.
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