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Photos: Summertime on Kotzebue's waterfront

Ron Oakley and his wife, Lorena Oakley, share an ice cream cone and the view from the break wall on a warm sunny day along Shore Avenue in Kotzebue, Alaska, on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014.
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Youngsters jump and dive off the break wall on a warm sunny day along Shore Avenue in Kotzebue, Alaska, on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.
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A skiff passes by the sea wall along Shore Avenue at sunset in Kotzebue, Alaska, on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014.
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Caribou racks sit on top of a fuel oil tank next to a house along Shore Avenue during sunset in Kotzebue, Alaska, on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014.
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David Adams swims off the break wall along Shore Avenue in Kotzebue, Alaska, on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014.
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Youngsters jump and dive off the break wall on a warm sunny day along Shore Avenue in Kotzebue, Alaska, on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.
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A life size polar bear sculpture stands between buildings along Shore Avenue across from the break wall in Kotzebue, Alaska, on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.
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A young girl reaches up to grab a pair of shorts that were drying on an old mattress across from the break wall in Kotzebue, Alaska. Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 was a warm sunny day along Shore Avenue. An unused house sits along the street with caribou and a few moose antlers atop the roof.
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9-year old Marquay Delacruz pulled in a sheefish while fishing off the break wall along Shore Avenue in Kotzebue, Alaska on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.
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Teenagers walk along the sea wall along Shore Avenue in Kotzebue, Alaska, on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. Some of the teens came to dive off the sea wall and some came to watch and visit.
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Youngsters jump and dive off the break wall on a warm sunny day along Shore Avenue in Kotzebue, Alaska, on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014.
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Subsistence crab pots are stacked up along Shore Avenue as youngsters jump and dive off the break wall on a warm sunny day in Kotzebue, Alaska, on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014.
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Matt Cooper tries his luck at fishing off the breakwall along Shore Avenue in Kotzebue, Alaska, on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. The sun sets over Kotzebue Sound of the Chukchi Sea just after midnight.
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KOTZEBUE -- When it’s sunny and temperatures are in the 70s, it’s not hard to imagine the Chukchi Sea is the Mediterranean.

It helps that the sea wall, with its paved walkways and sleek railing, makes the town feel a bit more like a resort than the hub community of 10 villages in the Northwest Alaska Arctic.

The sea wall runs for about a half-mile down the shoreline, looking out over Kotzebue Sound, paralleling the aptly named Shore Avenue. It was constructed in 2012 at a cost of $34 million to help offset coastal erosion and protect the community from encroaching sea ice.

It’s here that the sea wall becomes more than just a wall and more of a gathering place. It’s where visitors mingle and locals congregate. Where kids ride bikes, splash into the water or dive in, bikes and all. It’s where some people walk their dogs, go for a run or stick a fishing line in the water.

Read more: Warm weather makes Kotzebue sea wall a community hotspot