Spring cleaning reaches fever pitch in Morro Bay, Cayucos

Cayucos and Morro Bay residents are cleaning house and remodeling.

In Cayucos, from Thursday through Saturday, a year’s planning by community members will culminate in the installation of upgraded play equipment at Cayucos Beach. Greg Bettencourt of the Cayucos Citizens Advisory Committee accepted the challenge to rally organizations to fund the effort, get approvals from the county and research attractive yet certified-safe equipment.

“Jon Negranti’s garage is bulging with equipment ready for installation,” Bettencourt said. “Game Time’s Tyler Kyriopoulos was able to match and buy much more for the funds donated by our community partners. County staff members Curtis Black, Larry Iaquinto and Mark Wagner have worked side by side with us. Supervisor (Bruce) Gibson encouraged us. And when we discovered it would be a major installation, Steve Strachen, Central Coast Playgrounds, said he was a South County Lion and would donate his help.”

The funding committee included Arley Robinson, Cayucos Lions; Margaret Bretz, Cayucos Seniors; Lady Lioness Janet Arnold; the Chamber of Commerce’s Billy Shea; and Mike Hargett, Cayucos Visitor Alliance. Gil Ingleheart signed up Cayucos Rotary for ongoing maintenance, a requirement for the county partnership agreement.

Meanwhile, the Lions Club has resurfaced the picnic area adjacent to the Veterans Memorial Lions Hall. The Garden Club will add decorative plantings. Unfortunately, the sheriff is now looking for the culprit(s) who destroyed new fencing installed by the Lions to protect the historic hall from frequent illegal bonfires.

In Morro Bay, community residents have been cleaning closets to prepare for the annual Citywide Yard Sale, which is Saturday and Sunday. For example, Jack Bogdonovich, the retired Hall of Fame basketball coach from Cerritos, intends his three-family sale on Juniper to be “the Honey Hut of Yard Sales.”

He touts 45 years of collectibles, including Rams, Deacon Jones and other sports memorabilia, antiques collected nationally, Cotton Ball fabric and patterns, clocks, jewelry and china.

Morro Bay Beautiful’s Ann Reisner says the committee hopes for a Guinness World Record, anticipating more than the previous year’s 200 storefronts, yards and garages offering treasures.

“We have more to offer this year. We’re excited there will be free document shredding by The DocuTeam of San Luis Obispo at Morro Bay Beautiful’s yard sale location next to Domino’s Pizza on Main Street. We have lots to sell, including items from Jack LaLanne’s estate. He and Elaine were major supporters of our organization. His son is donating a surfboard he made for our raffle.”

Morro Bay Beautiful schedules the yard sale the week before Morro Bay Garbage’s annual large item pickup. Location maps will be available at the Antique Emporium on Highway 41. For more information, visit www.morrobaybeautiful.org.

Judy Salamacha's column is special to The Tribune. Reach her at judysalamacha@gmail.com or 801-1422.