2008 Imperial Beach U.S. Sand Castle Competition (photos)
The winning sand castle for 2008 featured a theme of high gas prices
2008 Imperial Beach Sand Castle Competition Photos The 2008 Imperial Beach Sandcastle Competition was held July 13 for adults and master sand castle builders. Every year this annual event brings out more than 300,000 visitors and features a list of over 140 vendors, live music, sand castle building and classes for kids, in addition to the grand finale event, which takes place on Sunday. This years event included over $21,000 in prize money with the "IB Posse" winning the top prize of $5,000 for their "Pain at the Pump" sandcastle. Money raised from this event goes to The Imperial Beach Boy's and Girls Club.
Imperial Beach, Californiais the most soth western city in the U.S. is seperated from Mexico by the Tijuana River and Border Field State Park. The city is 12 miles from downtown San Diego and 5 miles from the International border from Mexico.
About Imperial Beach California Imperial Beach is a city in San Diego County, California, United States. The population was 26,992 at the 2000 census.
Every year the city holds the annual Sand Castles event, which draws about 400,000 people over three days.
Imperial Beach is located at 32°34′42″N, 117°7′2″W (32.578255, -117.117111).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.7 km˛ (4.5 mi˛). 11.1 km˛ (4.3 mi˛) of it is land and 0.6 km˛ (0.2 mi˛) of it (5.53%) is water.
The city occupies the extreme southwest corner of the continental United States: bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west and Mexico on the south.
Known as a biker town for its rough atmosphere and seedy beachfront area throughout the 70s, Imperial Beach has undergone a significant makeover in the last ten years and the city has done much to become more visitor-friendly, commercially viable and overall more aesthetically pleasing. However, the city is still a low-key beach community. For years the city was controlled by pro-growth elected officials, but over the years environmentalists and other activists helped elect a group of smart-growth and no-growth elected officials. The City of Imperial Beach is now implementing an ambitious community redevelopment plan to improve the badly developed commercial corridor along Palm Avenue and Seacoast Drive.
Imperial Beach was the location of fierce environmental battles in the 1970s and 1980s over plans to develop the Tijuana Estuary and build a breakwater to control beach erosion. Former Mayor Brian Bilbray, who later became a U.S. Congressman, lost both battles and the Tijuana Estuary is now a National Estuarine Research Reserve and State Park. The cessation of plans to build the breakwater was officially the first major victory of the then fledgling Surfrider Foundation, now an international organization with 45,000-members. While the International Boundary and Water Commission wastewater plant completed in 1999 has greatly improved water quality during dry weather, the biggest obstacle to the renewal of Imperial Beach is the continued pollution of the Tijuana River and beach closures just south of the city during wet weather.
Surfing is popular in Imperial Beach with activities concentrated north and south of the Imperial Beach Pier and in front of the Tijuana Estuary at the famed Boca Rio beachbreak. The Tijuana Sloughs, a fabled big-wave surf spot is now almost unrideable due to raw toxic sewage that flows into the break from the Tijuana River. WiLDCOAST, a coastal conservation organization based in Imperial Beach, launched a grassroots "Clean Water Now" campaign to support a comprehensive plan to clean up the Tijuana River and reduce beach closures along the U.S.-Mexico border.
References in popular culture
Kem Nunn's novel, Tijuana Straits, provides insight into the culture of the border and surfing in Imperial Beach and the Tijuana River Valley, and the environmental problems that impact both the poorest and wealthiest residents of Tijuana, Imperial Beach and Coronado.
The HBO television series John from Cincinnati was about a dysfunctional surfing family in Imperial Beach set against the backdrop of the U.S.-Mexico border. The series (from famed Deadwood and NYPD Blue Executive Producer David Milch, writer Kem Nunn, and Emmy award-winning director Mark Tinker) was filmed at a variety of locations in Imperial Beach and in the Tijuana River Valley.
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