An amazing transformation has begun on the beach dunes of Gearhart. This has all happened through the hard work of City Manager Chad Sweet, Mayor Matt Brown, the City Council, Planning Commission and city staff in bringing a new code to our city after years of work. I want to sincerely thank them for their efforts, and for their diligence in the careful management of the ongoing work, with a path leading to restoration.
As you now walk to the beach, or through the dunes, there are areas of openness and light. Finally, the fire department has vehicle access to defend areas of the city and the dunes. Residents and visitors can walk safely through several open areas. At long last, the management of acres of impenetrable Scotch broom and initial battle with blackberries has begun.
I’m most thankful for the forthcoming restoration of the grace and beauty of Dune Meadows Park — west end of Pacific Way, dedicated in 1947 specifically for the use of the community to see the ocean. It seems most fitting to end this 100th year of historic Gearhart, and start the next 100, in the heart of our city. Thanks to funding from generous homeowners, all in the community will again be able to sit on the benches and enjoy the Pacific Ocean.
You are providing an amazing beginning to 2019 and the next 100 years of community kindness in reclaiming the beauty of our precious beach. You have my deepest appreciation.