Mayor Nancy Gardner will lead a “paddle with the mayor” event on Saturday Oct. 13, she announced this morning at the Corona del Mar Residents Association board meeting.
“For those who have stand-up boards or kayaks, we’ll paddle around the islands,” Gardner said. Details about the event will be available soon.
Gardner said the paddle event was a follow-up as promised to a Mayor’s Walk held in May, when about 35 people joined Gardner for a 2.75-mile walk around Corona del Mar. The walk included stops along the way to discuss public works projects, historical tidbits and discussions of issues including beach fire rings; read our story here.
The paddle and walk with the mayor events are Gardner’s version of Meet the Mayor sessions that began about two years ago when Mayor Pro Tem Keith Curry held the position. Curry, and then later Mayor Mike Henn, would gather with members of the public at various locations throughout the city to discuss current events, local issues and private concerns.
After becoming mayor in December, Gardner said she felt more comfortable being active while meeting with the public rather than sitting and hoping residents would show up to talk to her about issues and concerns.