As the horrific environmental disaster in the Gulf continues to destroy the precious wildlife and threaten the livelihood of generations of seafood fisherman, it is impossible not to empathize with the longtime residents. The fallout will ultimately affect the next generation of fishermen and the legacy they hold so dear.
Huntington Beach is a city rich in legacy and tradition, much like our beachfront neighbors in the Gulf. We should all take a moment to embrace these treasures, count our blessings and not take them for granted.
I am grateful to live in this beautiful city, abundant in history and culture. I graduated from Huntington Beach High School in 1977 and have seen Surf City grow from a small seaside surf town into a thriving metropolis. A place where people from all over the world come to enjoy its beautiful beaches and hospitable people. I'm proud to reside in a city that has the largest Fourth of July parade west of the Mississippi. A small town that has a museum dedicated to the culture that bears its official title. Most important to me are my two children, both of whom graduated from the same high school as their mother – my daughter, 30 years later, even taught by the same Spanish teacher!