2022 Letter from the HBCA President
Dear HBCA Members and Huntington Beach Residents,
There’s no doubt, HBCA certainly made the most of 2021. With all the world threw at us, we made the most of it. A year ago, I began my presidency with a purposeful approach. My focus was on Culture and Capital Improvements. I am thrilled to say the beach and the community have continued to make great strides on both fronts.
Beach membership is strong with more than 435 active members. This is one of the highest membership counts in the last 10 years. Community participation in our events further demonstrates the love for our community. Lobsterfest and Family Day were both blow-out events! The introduction of the Open House BBQ in June, Oktoberfest and the Fall Festival in September, and the Winter Market in December were received with tremendous support and success. I think the biggest return to normalcy at the beach was the return of Summer Rec. While modified, Summer Rec was full of happy campers and parents. The tireless work of the board and volunteers are what made Summer Rec and these events successful. I cannot thank each and every one of them enough for all of the support they have provided the community and to me throughout 2021.
Looking at 2022, it is our commitment to continue with these events and further grow the culture of HBCA. The 2022 Polar Plunge was another great success. Luckily, the mild temperature enticed more than 45 polar bears to take the plunge on January 1st. I am also happy to share we are working to bring back the HBCA 5K. It takes a labor of love to bring these events to the community. As you make your New Year’s resolutions, I encourage you to put community service on your list!
In regards to capital improvements, the board has a duty to maintain and preserve the existing infrastructure. As such, we have secured a permit to place additional large stones in front of the pavilion to protect it from further erosion. This stone bulkhead will be the pavilion’s first line of defense from the high tide water that is undermining the structure. Additionally, we are working with several institutions to develop a plan to replace the crumbling boat ramp. It is our hope to have a firm path to its replacement this year. Lastly, I am pleased to share that the Building & Ground’s committee has plans to make the beach more accessible for our disabled neighbors. While the nails and hammers are critical, the aesthetic beauty of the beach is equally as important. As such, the board has empowered the Beautification Committee to develop a plan to bring color, style, and taste to the planters across the beach grounds and at memorial park. If you have interest in joining the beautification committee, I am sure they would love your input and support.
2022 has much promise. I am happy to have the honor to serve the community for the next year as President. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me personally if you have any questions or would like to get involved in any capacity. I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year and I look forward to seeing you all at the beach!
HBCA President, 2022