A man was arrested late Friday night after his drone allegedly interfered with the rescue of a person who had fallen of a cliff in Pacifica

A man was arrested late Friday night after his drone allegedly interfered with the rescue of a person who had fallen of a cliff in Pacifica

More coastside apartments to be demolished in Pacifica

A vacant apartment building at 310 Esplanade Ave. in Pacifica is going to be demolished over fears that it will fall off receding cliffs into the ocean.

“According to a recent independent analysis and reports of significant bluff erosion by the City’s geotechnical consultant, it’s confirmed that the vacant building at 310 Esplanade poses a significant risk to public health and safety and needs to be demolished,” said Lorie Tinfow, Pacifica City Manager and Director of Emergency Management. “Storm-driven waves have accelerated erosion of the adjacent bluffs presenting a clear danger to residents, and demolishing this structure is the only way to prevent it from crumbling to the beach below.”

The apartment building was constructed in the 1960s, and was yellow-tagged (meaning residents had to leave but could collect belongings) in January of this year due to its proximity to an eroding coast. Neighboring apartment complex 330 Esplanade Ave. was demolished in February, and 320 Esplanade Ave. was demolished in March.

Owner Millard Tong apparently refused to take responsibility for the buildings, and declared bankruptcy in 2015.

“It is necessary for the safety of the public to proceed with the demolition as unpredictable weather patterns and high surf continue to threaten the building’s structure,” Tinfow said. “Since Mr. Tong has refused to take responsibility for his property to date, the City has no choice but to step in to make sure the building is removed in an organized and safe manner.”

The date of the demolition has yet to be determined.

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