City Council Candidate Mitch McKay - Dist. 3

Imperial Beach City Council Candidate Question #5:

“Here’s a blank check … one project, one person, one program … what do you create for the City of Imperial Beach and why?”

I would like to see some significant movement toward the creation of a permanent site for the Imperial Beach Historical Society (IBHS) – to display, catalog and store all its collection of invaluable memorabilia and historically significant artifacts related to the City of Imperial Beach and its past.

The Imperial Beach Historical Society is a local, 501c3 non-profit organization (since 2016) that has been collecting donations, memorabilia and items of historical importance for several years without a permanent facility to display these items for public viewing and education.

Also In 2016, the group joined with the South Bay Historical Society to benefit from an established group structure and organization skills. The Imperial Beach Historical Society has regularly set up a booth featuring local newspaper articles, photographs and other memorabilia related to the local history – initially at the Mayor’s breakfast – a long held tradition of our fine City. The IBHS also coordinates displays at City Hall in the breezeway and typically hosts an informational booth at many City-sponsored events to help educate the residents and visitors about the group’s mission and to showcase interesting historical artifacts.

Many of our surrounding cities (San Diego, Coronado, Chula Vista, etc.) all have these wonderful resources available to their citizens and visitors – all except Imperial Beach – the most Southwesterly City in the Continental United States.

I believe that all residents could benefit and reach a better understand the history and development of our own unique Southern California Beach community. And I trust many in the community would be in favor of such a worthwhile project and the preservation of local city history.

Vol. 38, No. 44 - Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022

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