Long Beach Chapter of Surfrider Foundation Awards Vice Mayor With Defender of the Coast Award


Photo courtesy of Robert Garcia

The Long Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation this week awarded Vice Mayor Robert Garcia the first-ever Defender of the Coast Award.

Citing his ocean-friendly efforts while on City Council and, more recently, on the California Coastal Commission, Garcia was presented the award at the Foundation’s annual celebration held Wednesday night.

“We are very thankful to Vice Mayor Garcia for being a strong supporter of the breakwater project. He has always stated that the project is important for the City of Long Beach whenever he found opportunities,” said Robert Palmer, Long Beach Chapter Chair, in a statement. “We are also excited about Robert being appointed as a California Coastal Commissioner. His knowledge in coastal issues and approachable personality will serve the commission well.”

In addition to their mutual interests in the breakwater project, the Surfrider Foundation also strongly supported the plastic bag ban that Garcia authored.

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Sarah Bennett is a contributor to the Hi-lo and the editor-at-large at the Long Beach Post. She is also a professor at Santa Ana College where she was once a student before transferring to USC to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Sarah has written about music, art, food and beer in local, national and international publications for over a decade. An L.A. native and longtime resident of Long Beach, she is the co-founder of Long Beach Zine Fest and managing editor at theLAnd magazine. She never sleeps.