There is a Bike Path along most of Los Angeles County's beachs from Malibu, south, to Long Beach.
Cyclists, skaters, walkers, and joggers are the species of athletically minded critters who share the path each day.
Then there is Hermosa Beach.
For at least 30 years a debate has raged in the beach community over whether the sand along the Strand should be disturbed by the addition of a lengthy strip of concrete for the use of bicyclists, and skaters.
Everybody has an opinion, and they aren't afraid to stick up for it.
On hermosawave.net there is the online edition of a community paper called Easy Reader. It covers all the news that's fit to cover in this beach community and surrounding areas.
On 9-11 there appears an excellent, 2 part, cover story by Robb Fulcher that thoroughly goes over the issue and the ongoing debate.
It begins as follows:
"Hermosa stands alone among the beach cities as the town with no exclusive coastal bicycle path. After decades of intermittent debate, that situation might change, as voters mull the weighty possibility of laying down concrete west of the Strand.
Former councilmen Gary Brutsch and John Bowler square off over the notion of building a separate bike path next to the Strand in Hermosa Beach. Photo by Robb Fulcher
In Hermosa Beach, nothing is more precious than the beach itself.
Let the forces of change do their work on the rest of the town, turning cozy beach bungalows into boxy condominiums, replacing yesterdays Volkswagen Beetles with sport utility vehicles, erecting the sparkling Pier Plaza promenade upon a once scruffy downtown.
But when the sun sets at the end of the day, it casts its red glow over a beach that looks like it did in the photos of yesteryear: volleyball nets, people and sand."
The links for the rest of the story are as follows:
A special thanks goes out to a poster named Kent who alerted members of the LACBC Yahoo Message Board to this story today.