Sandbridge Beach Civic League Newsletters
Letter from the President – September 2017
Happy September, fellow Sandbridgians! Is that even a term? If not, it is now! Wow, what an amazing summer we have had. How about that solar eclipse? The weather has mostly been kind to us, and the temperatures of late have truly been a blessing. It is hard to believe that this wonderful season is drawing to a close as we begin to prepare to send our young ones off to school and college. Some of us may be moving back home, and others may just be breathing a huge sigh of relief that this summer is finally over. Nevertheless, we are moving into the last quarter of the year and we have some fun events on the horizon.
We have the Party at the Pier, the 38th Annual Sandbridge Pig Pickin’, the Baja Surf Classic, Sandbridge Cleanup, the Sandbridge Community Yard Sale and, lest we forget, Oktoberfest! Just because summer may be drawing to a close doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop.
At our last SBCL meeting, we heard about a plan in the works to groom and maintain our beaches, we received an update on our road improvement projects, we found out that there is no restriction for dangerous surf fishing in the waters where swimmers are located, and we also learned that crime in our community is down significantly. Police Captain David Squires credited our diligence in assisting the police by locking our car doors and houses. We are so fortunate to have Capt. Squires as our police captain. His leadership of First Precinct and compassion for our community is demonstrated in the hard work that his officers exemplify every day on the force. He also informed us of a wonderful opportunity to show our appreciation of the officers and a select group of officers when the Friends of the Mounted Patrol will pay us another visit in November. How exciting!
So, as we move away from summer and turn towards fall, let’s remember to continue to support each other, our community and our elected leaders. Together we can enhance and enrich the wonderful experience that we all get to share known as “Sandbridge Life”. Take care.
Letter from the President – July 2017
Greetings fellow members, friends and neighbors,
I would like to first say thank you for electing me as your 2017-2018 Sandbridge Beach Civic League President. I am honored and humbled to have been asked and then approved for this position. I am excited at the opportunity to lead and represent one of the largest and most active civic associations in the entire city.
For those of us who live in this community, or work here, or even visit, we all share this wonderful place. I am grateful that the same neighborhood where I call home is also a place where others want to call home, even if only for a little while at a time. We are sandwiched by two bodies of water, nestled up to a wildlife refuge and surrounded by a bird sanctuary. I feel so blessed that my children can grow up experiencing this awesome diversity of nature and geography. All of us have a unique opportunity to experience and preserve this environment.
We have some special interests as a community to both preserve and promote the beauty of our little enclave. I look forward to representing your agenda to City Council and other government bodies and keep you informed of information that is pertinent to our community. I am also eager to work
with anyone who is willing to get engaged in helping to shape the conversation and provide valuable insights and inputs. In the coming months, we will work together to set forth our agenda and inform the rest of our community that we are here for all, and we value everyone’s opinions. While we may not
always agree on everything, we can at least all agree that we want the best compromise for everyone so that we can all live and work peacefully and comfortably.
In conclusion, I would like to wish you all a happy and safe summer. Nicole, Angel, Steven, Trinity, Lefty, Butters, Kisma, and the cats, and I will be seeing you around the neighborhood. Let’s try to be kind to each other and offer a smile and a wave. God Bless.
Letter from the President – June 2017
Memorial Day weekend brings the yummy Strawberry Festival and the beginning of our tourist season. Watch out for the extra visitors walking, biking and just generally not paying attention. Oh wait, that might be one of us too! When warm weather strikes, we all enjoy our days at the beach trying to lose that to-do list mindset and give ourselves permission to be one of those daydreamers!
What a time we have had with roads over the last month. Our roadways were filled with water and our ditches with vehicles. One day alone, we had six vehicles that needed assistance after running off the road. Many thanks to Captain David Squires, VB Police Department and Dam Neck Base for allowing
us a way in and out of Sandbridge. Once more, it made us realize how restricted we are to have one road in and out. Next came the well needed paving, but it still brought with it the inconvenience of stopped traffic for periods of time. The city tried to make it as convenient as possible by paving at night and completing on time. The efforts were very much appreciated. The paving also did not come without vehicles veering off the road and hitting craters, I mean potholes! We are hoping the newly-painted lines will help keep us from further accidents. The city will correct several areas that need a little extra assistance in the next week or two.
Well, we had a very interesting SBCL meeting in May. I know we thought that the Saturday before Memorial Day would be a great time for a meeting. The intentions were for owners who come here to get their homes ready for our rental season have the opportunity to attend the meeting. It did not happen that way. They were busy preparing their vacation homes for others to enjoy. Mondays still seem to be the most convenient time for members.
You will see we have ballots in this newsletter for a runoff election, despite a diverse group of candidates being nominated by the Nominating Committee.
This will be my last newsletter as President. I would like to thank all those that have been part of my experience since 2010. It has been a pleasure and honor to serve the community I love so dearly.
Treasure life in our sun-drenched paradise we call Sandbridge. It is our island escape where rich history, diverse cultures and exceptional beauty meet.
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