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Manhattan Beach History
In its earliest days, Manhattan Beach was part of the ten-mile ocean frontage of Rancho Sausal Redondo, which means "Round Clump of Willows." At one time the area was called "Shore Acres" by George Peck, who owned a section of the north end of town.
In 1901, Stewart Merrill bought the south portion and called his section Manhattan after his old home, New York City. Peck and Merrill, unable to agree on a city name, flipped a coin and Manhattan won.
The first downtown building was built by Merrill around 1901, a small frame building later used for city offices. The official date of incorporation was December 7, 1912. Planks were laid in the sand on Manhattan Avenue for vehicles and along the Strand and side streets for pedestrians.
Two wooden piers were built in 1901, one at Center Street and one at Marine Avenue. The Center Street pier supported a wave motor to generate power for the Strand lighting system. Purportedly, part of the wave motor lies buried in the sands at the shore end of the present pier.
The next pier was built on the same site and extended about 922 feet into the ocean. Engineer A.L. Harris developed the concept of the circular end for less exposure and damage to the pilings by the waves. The pier was completed and dedicated on July 5, 1920.
After World War II a large influx of people came as a result of the desirability of the area for year-round living. Servicemen visiting during the war returned to live here. The development of the defense industry brought many people to the South Bay to reside and work. Much of the land east of Sepulveda was developed to house the influx of people.
Physical Facts Location: 19 miles southwest of Los Angeles on the southerly end of Santa Monica Bay County: Los Angeles Airport: 3 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport City Area: 3.88 square miles Beach: 2.1 miles of beach front, 40 acres of recreational beach area in total Pier: Manhattan Beach has a scenic 928-foot-long pier at the end of Manhattan Beach Boulevard. Fishing is permitted all year Parks: There are 48 acres of major park land in Manhattan Beach, in addition to the 21 acre Manhattan Beach Parkway Residential Area: 49.1%, or 1224 acres, of Manhattan Beach's city wide land area is residential Paved Streets: There are 120 miles of paved streets Plumbing: The City has 18 miles of storm drains and 110 miles of sewers Elevation: 120 feet above sea level Rainfall: Average annual rainfall of 12.07 inches Temperature: Average temperature ranges from 70º F in summer to 55º F in winter
Population Facts: Population: Population according to 2000 census is 33,852 Gender: 50.4% male and 49.6% female Households: The City has 14,474 households Schools: Includes 3,511 elementary students and 1,384 high school students (more)
Economic Facts: Taxes: The City has no tax rate Assessed Value: Manhattan Beach's assessed valuation is $3.8 billion Businesses: As of June 1996, Manhattan Beach had issued 4718 current business licenses Income: The median household income for the City is $68,589
City Government Facts: Government: Manhattan Beach is a General Law city, operating under the council-manager form of government City Council: The Manhattan Beach City Council is comprised of five (5) members, each serving a nine (9) month mayoral position during their four (4) year term Employees: The City has 250 full time employees and 131 part time employees
Where to Eat:
Manhattan Beach Pizzeria "Manhattan Pizzeria" Great Pizza, Salads and Sandwiches in Manhattan Beach! If you like great thin crust pizza with tons of good ad on's this is a great spot to check out! Salads are also fresh and delicious! Check them out at: 133 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Manhattan Beach Ca., 90266 Phone: 1-310-546-2177 web: www.manhattanpizzeriala.com
Los Angeles International Airport - LAX (3.31 miles)
Otis College of Art & Design (4.06 miles)
University of West Los Angeles (4.38 miles)
Loyola Marymount University (4.78 miles)
Santa Monica Pier (8.92 miles)
California State University - Dominguez Hills (9.54 miles)
Carson Center (10.14 miles)
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science (10.15 miles)
University of Southern California (11.02 miles)
Los Angeles Convention Center (13.06 miles)
Staples Center - Los Angeles (13.23 miles)
Manhattan Beach Area Map
Manhattan Beach is a city located in southwestern Los Angeles County, California, USA. The population was 33,852 at the 2000 census. Of a rotating City Council of five members, Jim Aldinger is the current mayor.
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