Bill Hory's blog

Do not be misled - cost and environmental issues are not legitmate concerns!

While I will not go into detail here and recommend you review the "Get the Facts" hyperlink on the home page, you will see how these two issues simply fall apart upon common sense analysis. However, they do serve as convenient and populist distractions. Plenty of low-cost, easy to implement solutions have already been submitted by multiple parties and seemingly continue to be ignored. Please continue to email City Council at citycouncil@citymb.info to express your support to open the Sand Dune at Sand Dune Park for recreational exercise for all.

This issue is NOT unique and is NOT complicated

Having had the opportunity to explore and exercise in many small neighborhoods in LA County, I am perplexed why our City Council would not follow many similar precedents. Just two examples I have personal experience with are "The Steps" in Santa Monica and Runyon Canyon Park in Hollywood. Both are located in small neighborhoods, have minimal parking and have significantly grown in popularity. However, neither of these City Council's shut these recreational destinations down, but rather worked together to implement solutions.

Dune Supporters have their say in this week's Beach Reporter

This website agrees and supports those letter by Jake, Mickey, and Bill: http://www.tbrnews.com/articles/2010/02/04/letters_to_the_editor/letters... The Sand Dune at Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach has been allowed public access for recreational exercise for almost 40 years and reducing usage does not have to come at the expense of this 40 year tradition.

20 years ago, Sand Dune helps train LMU's Cinderella season to NCAA final eight!

As the 20 year reunion of LMU's historic 1990 basketball season, Loyola Marymount players says working out at the Sand Dune 20 years ago helped them considerably. As teammeber Roscoe cites: "We were joking about (the conditioning) too," Roscoe said. "Everybody hated that Sand Dune Park over in Manhattan Beach. That crushed us." see full story: http://www.dailybreeze.com/sports/ci_14305121

Local Media's Coverage of January 19th City Council Meeting

City Council Votes to Re-open the Dune - kind of!

At about 1am this morning, the Manhattan Beach City Council came to two conclusions - the Dune will open once again, but not as a workout facility. Without a doubt, the overwhelming of all you that signed this petition contributed to our number one objective - the re-opening of the Dune. Unfortunately, the second conclusion was that the Dune will not reopen as a "regional work-out center". However, this may not preclude recreational walking. So, what does this mean?

Save the Dune - Save the Park

While this issue is focused upon the Dune itself, there is no question that since the Dune closure in August, usage by families and individuals has dramatically decreased. Maybe this issue is about making sure the public will continue to use the park after all? Recent Flyer that explains how you can help: http://sites.google.com/site/jakedocumentdump/docs/SaveSandDunePark.pdf

LA Rugby Club endorses a compromise

The following is a letter from the Los Angeles Rugby Club, (http://www.larugby.com/) January 19, 2010 Mayor Ward and Manhattan Beach City Council Re: San Dune Park On behalf of the LA Rugby Club that counts 20+ Manhattan Beach residents amongst our organization of Men, Women & Youth teams, we would like to encourage the City Council to find a workable compromise that reopens the Sand Dune for recreational activities. I have been with LARC for 10 years and the Sand Dune has been a vital training resource for our members.

Dune Day - Petition update

A sincere thank you to the 500+ people who have expressed their encouragement for a sensible compromise that will address the Dune's overuse without closing one of the most unique public parks in South Bay.

Easy Reader letter questioning Mayor Wards position for closure

While Mayor Ward has a very good track record with the City of Manhattan Beach, we wonder why he has publicly announced support for closure? Please reference the following link for more: http://www.easyreadernews.com/news/letters-january-14-2009