About 40 new LED streetlights will soon be on North Beach.
The lights will be along the 1.5 mile beach walk and in Dolphin and Surfside Parks.
Light Up Corpus Christi is bringing streetlights to North Beach and Leopard and Peoples Streets.
Businesses on North Beach expect the project to give them an economic boost.
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North Beach is a popular tourist destination as well as a growing residential area, and soon it will be a little brighter. About 40 new LED streetlights will be installed along the beach walk and in two parks in the area.
"I live on the beach walk, so when I look down there at night and it's dark, it's not exactly a super friendly, enticing place to go. But I know that when it's lit, it will be somewhere that we might want to go after dinner," said Carrie Robertson Meyer, President of the North Beach Community Association.
North Beach residents and visitors alike are eager for more streetlights on the beach.
"Just going for a simple walk on the beach, knowing that it's at least lit up enough to view your surroundings, that would be enough for me," said visitor Ernest Cruz.
The lights will come soon thanks to Light Up Corpus Christi. The project is a collaboration between the Parking Advisory Committee, North Beach Community Association, Downtown Revitalization Alliance and Uptown Neighborhood Initiative.
"The Light Up Corpus Christ project on North Beach is going to light up the beach walk, which is a 1.5 mile long sidewalk that runs all along the beach from here at the north end, Dolphin Park, all the way to the USS Lexington," Robertson Meyer said.
The $148,000 dollar project aims to boost tourism, entice further development, and cut down crime.
"The beach is dark, so we're using LED to light those areas for safety purposes. To address the hot spots on our late Police Chief Floyd Simpson's hot spot crime map," said Darlene Gregory, Chairman of the Parking Advisory Committee.
The new streetlights on North Beach are expected to be installed by spring break.
Local businesses say they foresee the project giving them an economic boost.
"It will hopefully give us more foot traffic at night, because we get a lot during the day, especially during the summertime," said Jessica McMinn, Kitchen Manager at Fajitaville. "So hopefully now at night people will still be able to see how pretty it is over here."
The North Beach project is funded primarily by parking meter revenue. However Light Up Corpus Christi also relies on sponsorship, and donors can support a series of streetlights or a single lamp in honor of their company's employees, a loved one, or anyone who is a "point of light" in their lives.
In addition to North Beach, the project has also brightened up Leopard Street and will soon bring new streetlights to Peoples Street.