Letter from Dick Gaylord


There is no meeting in July

We will sponsor the Jumping Jack Flash Concert in the Park August 9

Dear Neighbor:

For the past three years it has been my privilege to serve as president of Friends of Belmont Shore. It began as a one year commitment and extended to three years. While I have enjoyed every minute as your president, and will continue to serve on the board, it is time to pass the gavel; we have several well qualified board members who will make an excellent president. I moved to Belmont Shore more than 40 years ago because of our closeness to the Ocean and because of 2nd Street but I quickly learned I loved Belmont Shore because of its residents. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve our unique neighborhood.

At our June 7 meeting seven new board members were elected. Congratulations to Angie Degen, Howard Homan, David (Coach) Newell, Phyllis Schmidt, Bitta Sharma, Cate Swigart and David Witzling. They will each contribute to our association and I look forward to working with them.

Our June 7 meeting was packed with great speakers, great information and a celebration of our 3rd Anniversary. I would be remiss if I did not thank the folks who have been so helpful to our organization from the day we began three years ago. In particular I want to thank Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilwoman Suzie Price, City Manager Pat West, Assistant City Manager Tom Modica, Robert Luna, our Chief of Police, Mike DuRee, our Fire Chief, Charlie Parkin, our City Attorney, Doug Haubert, City Prosecutor, Erik Herzog, Police Commander and Doug Otto, our advisor.

Five members were honored at our June 7 meeting with the President’s Award for contributions and leadership beyond the call of duty. Congratulations to Bobby Bluehouse, Mike Crosby, Maria Molak, Kurt Schneiter and Bitta Sharma.

Here is the schedule for our next meetings:

  • July – Dark
  • August – Friends of Belmont Shore Concert in the Park, August 9
  • September 6 – John Kreisler, Director, Long Economic & Property Development Department
  • October 4 – Laura Doud, City Auditor
  • November 1 – “What Should Belmont Shore Look Like in the Future” – Doug Otto, Facilitator
  • December 6 – Councilwoman Suzie Price – “The Year in Review”

If you are not a member you can join here. Dues are $15 through the end of 2018. Friends of Belmont Shore is a membership organization dedicated to the quality of life in our unique beachside community.

We look forward to seeing you at the Concert on August 9.


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