Representatives of America in Bloom, a national nonprofit that encourages communities across America to work together on beautification projects, visited Morro Bay in July. Their visit was to determine whether multiple community groups shared common goals and were working on urban renewal projects. Morro Bay was congratulated publically at America in Bloom’s annual symposium in Philadelphia.
Morro Bay in Bloom President Walter Heath attended the October symposium.
“Morro Bay was nominated for our efforts — taking care of our water, air, critters. Glenn Silloway and Joe Birney prepared a comprehensive community profile. The (America in Bloom) judges toured sites to see if the report matched what they saw happening. It’s a big deal at the symposium. Morro Bay received 4 out of 5 blooms,” he said.
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Morro Bay City Council members voted unanimously to hire Morro Bay-based consultant Don Maruska to develop an economic development plan. Maruska said he values working together for positive outcomes.
“The focus of this is a business-led economic action with the city’s support,” Maruska said. A key will be “ … the commitment and leadership of the business community because they will be the ones to generate results … (and) broad and active support from elected officials.”
Have Morro Bay’s beautification-minded groups set the pace for working together for the community’s betterment?
Recently, numerous groups, including Morro Bay’s Tree Committee, Morro Bay Beautiful, Guerrilla Gardening, Historical Society and Morro Bay 50th teamed with Morro Bay Golf Course to install a monarch butterfly grove intended to bring back the errant beauties. Fifty well-established cypress trees were looking for placement. The golf course personnel located an agreeable site near the clubhouse. Volunteers planted the trees Nov. 1 and celebrated.
Collaboration guided this month’s Morro Bay Surfboard Art Festival. Thirty boards were re-purposed as canvases. Area artists, educators, students and seniors designed, painted or sculpted the artistic surfboards, displayed at 30 sponsoring businesses throughout the community. Heath said the surfboards were previewed at Forever Stoked gallery. Community displays began Nov. 1. All 30 boards will be auctioned Nov. 29 at Fish Bonez restaurant. The proceeds will benefit Project Surf Camp and “purchase a trailer for Bloomies to haul equipment to future restoration projects.” For details, visit http://morrobayinbloom.org/surfboard-art-festival.
Maybe a Morro Bay aha moment: Magic happens with collaboration.