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New Imperial Beach Library Opening Delayed 2 to 3 Months

Jan 07, 2017 06:37PM ● By Paul Spear

The New Imperial Beach Library Which was Expecting To Have Its Grand Opening Today Has Had Its Opening Delayed 2 to 3 Months as Pipes Leading to Library & Carpet Need to Be Replaced.

The pipe break that flooded the floor of the new Imperial Beach Library was just the tip of the iceberg. A pipe break 4 days before the library was expected to have its Grand Opening and then flooded the floor of the library caused an indefinite delay to the Grand Opening. As the news on the delay of the Grand Opening for the new Imperial Beach Branch Library spread, the news continued to get worse on how long the delay would be.

Apparently, according to sources, an assessment is being done on all piping around the outside of the library and as to the full extent of the damage to the library. I have been told by these sources that they now expect this delay to run around 2 to 3 months.

Better that this pipe break happen now than when the Library was up and operating. Just 

think, if the library had been open already and this happen. The delay and damage could have been substantially worse and Imperial Beach would have had no library for a short period of time.

June Engel, Head Librarian, indicated that although they are disappointed. They would rather get everything right rather than run into a new problem and the library will be so great when it open thank fact dwarfs the extended wait to open. 

New San Diego County Library Director Miguel Acosta was on hand for a special tour the morning the flood happened so he was on hand to inspect the damage. He seemed to be taking things well although he didn't make any comments as he was introduced to us as the new director. Obviously, having more important things on his mind.

All's not lost. Come a hopefully sunny day this Spring time, the Imperial Beach Branch Library will have its Grand Opening and Imperial Beach will have a State of the Art Library that everyone can hold their heads high and say, "this is our library". 

Hopefully, everything goes smoothly from here and we will be enjoying the new library very soon! If developments change, you can count on hearing it from us.


Paul Spear, Editor, Dig Imperial Beach


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