Main Street Reopening & Redevelopment
During the last few weeks, staff from the Police and Public Works departments have assisted the Economic Development Division with outreach efforts to contact businesses on Main Street regarding the area’s future.
Per the City Council’s direction on December 20, 2022, City staff solicited additional input specifically from business and property owners on the first three blocks of Main Street (between Pacific Coast Highway and Orange Avenue) that are most directly affected by the street’s form and function. Approximately 24 property owners and 80 businesses were targeted via mail, email, and in-person visits. A short online survey was also provided to these stakeholders to collect their feedback.
Public Works, Community Development, and Community & Library Services departments have worked in coordination with the HB Downtown Business Improvement District to reopen Main Street in a safe, clean, and timely manner. As of Wednesday, March 1, the area reopened to vehicular traffic and two-hour parking limits will be enforced; new parking meters are expected to be installed by mid-March.
Mayor’s Certificate Program
This week, Mayor Strickland and Mayor Pro Tem Van Der Mark met with many members of the community to comment them on their efforts. Nearly 30 individuals received Certificates of Achievement, including the following community members:
- HB Bocce Ball Champions: Marc Beal, Daniel King, Mark Bigel, and Travis Bos
- The 27th Annual Surf City Marathon Sponsors: 361°, Handel’s Ice Cream, IV2, and the Waterfront Beach Resort, and Hilton Hotel
- Mayor’s HB Excellence Award Winner: Brandi Kelly-Contreras, Senior Services Transportation Coordinator in the Community & Library Services Department
- HB Concert Band 50th Anniversary: Director Tom Ridley and band members
- 97-year-old Guiness Book of World Records Holder: HB resident Patrick Earley holds the record of the Oldest male Apheresis Donor by donating 1,034 units
- Ocean View High School Girls Varsity Soccer Team for being undefeated in League
- Westminster High School Student Rachel Fernandez who is the national award recipient of the 2023 National Center for Women & Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing
Congratulations to all the certificate recipients! If you know someone in the community that deserves recognition, please email: [email protected]