Why I Love Imperial Beach: Photo Essay 1

I’ve lived in Imperial Beach since 1971. It is one of the last cool little blue collar beach towns left in Southern California. And I love the neat little ways in which people brighten up their businesses and our public plazas (courtesy of the Port of San Diego) along the beachfront.  This is what gives our town character and  makes us unique. And it is why  I love my hometown of Imperial Beach.

The Imperial Beach Pier Plaza and a public art project called Surfhenge.

The Imperial Beach Pier Plaza and a public art project called Surfhenge.

Mike Bibbey, the owner of Bibbey's Shell Shop, is awesome--full of energy, passion and creativity.

Mike Bibbey, the owner of Bibbey’s Shell Shop, is awesome–full of energy, passion and creativity.

I am very honored to have helped to provided the information that was used in many of the plaques along the pier. The project honors the history of surfing the Tijuana Sloughs reef.

I am very honored to have helped  provide the information that was used in many of the plaques along the pier. The project honors the history of surfing the Tijuana Sloughs reef.

Bibbey's Shell Shop is an IB landmark and this shark is a favorite photo stop for tourists and locals.

Bibbey’s Shell Shop is an IB landmark and this shark is a favorite photo stop for tourists and locals.

 

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The IB mermaid at Bibbey’s Shell Shop.

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I love Bibbey’s because it is community art that makes people happy.

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The octopus door at Bibbey’s.

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You have to really look close to see all of the details on the mural at Bibbey’s.

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A stunning mural on the side of the building that is the location of IB Yoga–which is one of the many cool little businesses that have opened up in town over the past few years. We need more beautiful art like this around town and we need to continue to support local small businesses benefit the community.

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Comments

  1. Love the photos Serge! Keep ‘em comin’!

  2. I.B. has come along way since the days of Crazy Mary’s place at the end of the pier parking lot where the lifeguard station now sits…..

  3. mollybbikinis says:

    I’m a “newer” resident of IB and could not be happier raising 2 small kids here. I encourage you to take a moment and introduce yourself with the local stroller striders group. We’re a group of young moms raising kids in IB who are so stoked on what IB has to offer. It really is a hidden jem. I moved from point loma and can’t believe we have the chance to raise our kids in this environment.
    It’s an AMAZING town! But we need a mayor that understands that. Good luck Serge! My vote is for you.

    • Thanks Skip and Dawn and Molly–and I’ve seen the stroller group, generally when I’m going surfing. Next time I see you all there–I will make sure to say hello. And you are correct how nice it is for kids and families!

      Cheers,
      Serge

    • Molly–can you please email me at sdedina@sbcglobal.net or contact me via FB at: http://www.facebook.com/serge4IBMayor I would love to meet the stroller group–just want to make sure I know when you meet or if there is a chance to chat with the members afterward for coffee or something. I am trying to do meet and greets with people and groups/organizations around town. Cheers, Serge

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