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October 15, 2008
Pacific Beacon Opens Its Doors

December 2008 (SAN DIEGO) – Pacific Beacon opened the doors to its first tower during a ceremony at Naval Base San Diego today.

Pacific Beacon is a $322 million, privately-run housing facility available for single Sailors ranking from E-4 to E-9. Although the grand opening isn’t slated until next March, Pacific Beacon opened Building A for Sailors to lease.

The housing facility offers single Sailors with amenities unmatched in the local area. Some of the services offered are a self-help loaner program, which includes laptops, irons, ironing boards, vacuum cleaners and bicycles.

“I think the amenities make it a lot better,” said Storekeeper 3rd Class Kolman Nardone. “Being able to live off the ship and live a more normal life is great.”

Other community benefits provided are complimentary coffee and freshly baked cookies served daily, dry cleaning and room cleaning services and a complimentary movie library featuring an array of current release selections.

In addition to the community services, Pacific Beacon offers a lengthy list of outdoor amenities. The community has a heated resort style pool and hot tub, a 9,000 square foot fitness center, basketball and sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, an Olympic size track and field and an outdoor theater featuring new movie selections on a monthly basis.

“I really enjoyed the pool on the ninth floor,” Nardone said. “I can see myself laying out by the pool and reading a book. It’s absolutely stunning. Also the 9,000 square foot fitness center is really impressive.”

Other additional incentives are a Wi-Fi café with coffee bar and sandwich shop, 24-hour concierge services, game rooms with billiards and foosball tables, intramural leagues and monthly resident appreciation events.

Pacific Beacon will also have a Subway restaurant and a Navy Federal Credit Union, and it will offer college classes on site from San Diego City College, National University, University of Phoenix and another university to be announced.

Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Judy Oliveros said she is excited about the proximity of Pacific Beacon’s features. “I won’t have to go off-base to get something to eat,” she said. “Having the classes right here in the building will be great. I’ll be able to stay here and just go to class.”

Another advantage of living at Pacific Beacon is the possibility of saving money on gas. Driving to work could become a thing of the past for some and minimized for many other Sailors that work on NBSD or Naval Base Coronado. Gas could also be saved in trips to the Navy Exchange and commissary.

“I’m closer to work and won’t have to fight traffic on a routine basis,” said Engineman 2nd Class (SW) Mazi Carter. “It takes a lot of stress out of your life. You don’t have to worry about paying utilities, and it’s fully furnished. It will definitely put extra cash in my pocket.” *MC2 (SW/AW) John Scorza and MC2 Alexis R. Brown contributed to this article.

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