Santa Crux Surfing Club Preservation Society: ‘To surf and to protect’
The historic Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, scheduled for closure by the City of Santa Cruz, has been saved… for now. One of the area’s most beloved and heavily visited attractions, the Surfing Museum, housed in the gorgeous brick Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse, has become a regional icon for not only the city but also for the County of Santa Cruz.
With the closure coming on a surprisingly short three weeks notice, a local nonprofit surfing group, the Santa Cruz Surfing Club Preservation Society (SCSCPS), was able to draft a proposal to keep the surfing museum open for the remainder of the fiscal year (June 30, 2009). This gives the SCSCPS time to affect a management transition from the City to the SCSCPS, where the Society will assume complete administration of the beloved Surfing Museum.
On Tuesday night, the City Council voted unanimously 7-0 to accept the SCSCPS’s proposal.
Hosting over 35,000 visitors annually, the Surfing Museum’s two, dedicated, part-time attendants will keep their jobs and the doors will remain open courtesy of the SCSCPS’s short term goal of raising $10,000- which is 75% completed. The next five months gives the organization breathing room to create a long-term management goal of creating a self-sustaining Surfing Museum.
The SCSCPS wants to thank the many friends of the Surfing Museum, surfers and non-surfers alike, who have stepped up with offers of unlimited support.
The SCSCPS would especially like to thank the caring attorneys and staff of the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP who have worked pro bono guiding the SCSCPS through the entire process. Without their diligent attention to detail, this would have been a very difficult wave to ride.
Santa Cruz Surfing Club Preservation Society members Kim Stoner, original club member Bill Grace, and Tom Hickenbottom successfully appealed to keep the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum open at Lighthouse Point. Photo: DAN COYRO