I am deeply concerned that the city of Long Beach once again is attempting to annex Seaview.
I have been a full-time home owner in Seaview for almost 20 years and specifically chose this location because of the historical, rural and residential character of Seaview as compared to Long Beach, which is primarily a tourist destination. The implications associated with annexation by the city of Long Beach would change the character of Seaview in numerous ways that would undermine the quality of life of those who proudly live in Seaview.
During the time I have lived in Seaview residents have fought annexation, the proliferation of vacation rentals and rezoning of dune properties to make way for developers in order to destroy the pristine beauty of the dunes. I realize if Seaview is annexed, Long Beach would benefit financially by possibly rezoning various neighborhoods and from increased tax revenues — among other changes, such as repealing the ban on vacation rentals. As such, I also realize the bottom line behind the desire to annex Seaview is monetary opportunity, which in no way justifies destroying the character and beauty of Seaview.
I understand the city of Long Beach has indicated that nothing will actually change if they annex Seaview. However, that cannot be guaranteed. The reality is change would be inevitable as the needs of Long Beach change. Seaview would no longer exist as it does today.
Seaview is a special place and I am adamantly against annexation.