Emotions ran high as the Huntington Beach City Council voted late Monday to annex neighboring Sunset Beach over the cries of residents who tried to block the decision in hopes of keeping the funky, unincorporated beach town independent.
The council voted 5 to 2 to direct city administrators to complete an application with the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) to acquire Sunset Beach, the city's northern neighbor along Pacific Coast Highway. Mayor Cathy Green and Mayor Pro Tem Jill Hardy dissented.
Sunset could become part of Huntington as early as January.
"We know," Councilman Joe Carchio told the Sunset Beach residents who had gathered in Surf City's council chambers. "We see the handwriting on the wall. I think that we would do a great disservice to you guys if we didn't annex you to Huntington. We would have you guys wasting $130,000."