Stacy Londo can see the annexation of Sunset Beach through two sets of eyes.
One is that of a concerned resident who wants to preserve the pace of life in her tranquil seaside neighborhood.
The other is a child's.
Londo, who has lived in Sunset for 13 years, shares some of her neighbors' wariness about the area's August annexation by Huntington Beach. Like them, she worries that the long-unincorporated strip of Orange County will lose its offbeat vibe, and that the city may implement parking meters and other changes.
When she takes her 3-year-old son to the community playground by the beach, though, Londo can't deny that annexation has brought a few welcome changes. In this case, they're material ones: After Huntington took over Sunset, its Public Works Department removed the corroded equipment and put in new swings, a slide and more.
"At the end of the day, we're excited to get it upgraded," Londo said on a recent Monday as her son raced around the sand.