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    APRIL 7, 2017 • VOL. 41, ISSUE 7
in Cannon
Christina Miller from Hillsboro inspects plastic beads in her sift er in front of Haystack Rock during the SOLVE cleanup event, April 1.
What comes in when the tide goes out
By Brenna Visser
Cannon Beach Gazette
ever turn your back on the ocean.
It’s the rule the crowd of 400 standing in
the parking lot of Cannon Beach City Hall
heard over and over as a way to keep safe
during the SOLVE Spring Oregon Beach
It also serves as a salient metaphor for the work
the nonprofi t seeks to accomplish: to restore and
maintain the beaches the public enjoys.
Jeneé Pearce-Mushen has been a volunteer to help
Fall academy
opening may be
up in the air
By Brenna Visser
Cannon Beach Gazette
With a building lease and
recent grant award in hand,
plans to open the Cannon
Beach Academy this fall are
starting to fall into place.
But a few aspects are still
up in the air. One, most no-
tably, is that not enough stu-
dents are enrolled.
For the academy to open
its doors, a provision in the
contract between the acade-
my and the Seaside School
See Academy, Page 7A
organize the clean up in Cannon Beach for SOLVE
for the past 10 years, and said one of her favorite as-
pects is being able to see parents bringing their chil-
dren to help.
“This matters to everyone. It’s important to have
beaches be clean and to protect them,” she said.
“Twice a year we can give a little extra that we have
to help our children understand why we do this.”
This year, bags were fi lled with various forms
of disintegrated plastics and trash from Arch Cape
to Ecola State Park. This effort spanned all of the
Oregon Coast in 45 locations from Fort Stevens to
Brookings, which resulted in the removal of 56,000
pounds of litter total.
Erin Coffi n traveled with a group of her cowork-
ers from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America from
Portland as a way to give back to a community she
“If I plan to camp on the coast all summer, I
should help pick it up,” Coffi n said.
Her coworker, Shay Florian, came out for similar
reasons, though she had a personal, added bonus.
“It’s pretty cool to see the ocean for the fi rst time,”
she laughed.
For more information about additional volunteer
opportunities, visit
Cannon Beach scores at No more
CEDR awards ceremony ‘musical cars’
By Brenna Visser
City council could
introduce timed parking
in Cannon Beach
Cannon Beach Gazette
While businesses spanning all through out Clat-
sop County were recognized at this year’s Clatsop
Economic Development Resources award ceremo-
ny, Cannon Beach businesses got extra time in the
Four out of nine businesses awarded are based
in Cannon Beach, including The Wine Shack and
Provisions 124, Coaster Construction, Pelican Pub
& Brewery and Martin Hospitality. Each business
represented excellence in small business entrepre-
neurship, community service, job creation and eco-
nomic impact, respectively.
So what makes Cannon Beach special?
Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce Executive
Director Court Carrier said he attributes it to a city-
wide culture to preserve the personality of the town.
“When you have a small town like ours, and 300
businesses, it is extremely gratifying to see an ac-
tive, vibrating community prioritizing the culture of
Cannon Beach,” Carrier said. “They deserved it.”
Businesses are nominated and then chosen by a
board in March, CEDR Executive Director Kevin
Leahy said.
He said he sees CEDR awards as a way for lo-
cal businesses to network and get more exposure in
their community, as well as to reward them for inno-
vation and creativity.
“It’s great to give awareness about businesses
that are doing well,” Leahy said.
The city’s success “speaks to the vibrancy of
their economy.”
Leahy also noted that many businesses in Can-
non Beach are invested in community volunteerism.
John Nelson, the manager at Coast Construction
who accepted the “Business Service to the Commu-
nity” award on behalf of the Clark family, is an ex-
ample of just that.
Nelson said he attributes the company’s work to
fi nancially and logistically support the Sandcastle
festival, as well as their work to retrofi t an emergen-
cy center in case of a natural disaster is what made
them stand out.
“It was an honor to receive this award. The Clark
family has always been in the background of Can-
non Beach, supporting the community,” Nelson
said. This multi-generational family business has
been in the community since 1973.
See CEDR, Page 7A
By Brenna Visser
Cannon Beach Gazette
CEDR Board Vice President Alisa Dunlap pres-
ents an award to Ryan and Stephanie Snyder of
Martin Hospitality.
CEDR Award Winners
Entrepreneurship – Small Business: The
Wine Shack & Provisions 124 in Cannon
Beach, Steven Sinkler, owner
Outstanding Customer Service: Hillcrest
Inn in Seaside and Ruth Swenson, man-
Visionary Award: Astoria Coff ee House
and Bistro/Cargo/Carruthers, Jim DeFeo,
Business Service to the Community –
Small Business: Kathleen Deland Peter-
son of Seaside
Technological Advancement: Gustafson
Logging of Astoria, Mark Gustafson,
Business Service to the Community –
Large Business: Coaster Construction
in Cannon Beach, John Nelson, general
Job Creation: Pelican Pub and Brewery of
Cannon Beach, Jim Prinzing, CEO
Entrepreneurship – Large Business:
LEKTRO of Warrenton, Eric Paulson, owner
Economic Impact: Martin Hospitality of
Cannon Beach, Ryan Snyder, CEO
 Awards to Cannon Beach businesses in red
Cannon Beach city council voted to adopt
the amendment to municipal code to lay the
groundwork for introducing timed parking in
Cannon Beach’s downtown core.
The council voted to change the wording
of the ordinance now to clarify that a person
moving a car within the same block or park-
ing lot does not count as starting over with the
new time limit. The old language was less spe-
cifi c, and defi ning it allows the city to enforce
parking rules more readily, city manager Brant
Kucera said.
Currently there is no timed parking in Can-
non Beach. Kucera said.
“It basically prevents musical cars,” Kucera
The ordinance change, which was passed
unanimously April 4, was inspired by a goal
in the city’s strategic plan to create 50 parking
spaces in the downtown district.
The solution to that, Kucera said, is con-
tracting out a parking study to evaluate the
percentage of time parking spaces downtown
are vacant or unoccupied. The consultant fi rm
already has started counting cars on Spruce
and Hemlock Streets between First and Third
“What will happen is by timing parking we
will create more spaces. It will be a more effec-
tive and effi cient use of space,” Kucera said.
A report is to be produced by mid-May out-
lining an accurate picture of how parking is
used downtown. Then a calculation factoring
the difference between the occupancy without
timed parking versus occupancy in a timed
space will determine the vacancy rate, which
translate into the number of new parking spots
The cost of the study isn’t to exceed
$13,700, he said.
See Parking, Page 6A