Rotary Club Spiffing Up Police Station

Written by Neil Farrell

Neil has been a journalist covering the Estero Bay Area for over 27 years. He’s won numerous journalism awards in several different categories over his career.

April 7, 2022

Pictured here from left are: MBPD Chief, Jody Cox, Rotary Past President and retired SLO County Undersheriff (and a former MBPD Chief) Tim Olivas, Rotarians Greg Hardcastle, and Mike Williams, and MBPD Cmdr. Amy Watkins. Front row from left are MBPD Support Services Manager, Bonnie Johnson, Rotarian Judy Salamacha and Current Rotary President, John Solu.

Members of the Morro Bay Rotary Club are in the midst of a community project to clean up and repaint the outside of the Morro Bay Police station, which included a refurbished garden bench installed out front of the stationhouse for folks to sit on while waiting to speak to an officer or just to rest their tootsies. The overall project includes a power washing of the station’s exterior and new coat of paint.

The bench is an Edwardian-style, lion’s head, wrought iron bench that was refurbished by Estero Bay News reporter, Neil Farrell, one of several he’s done over the course of the coronavirus pandemic response. Neil calls refurbishing iron benches a “side hustle,” and was happy to sell this one to Rotary for their MBPD Station project. Last summer he donated a very similar bench but with chrysanthemums instead of lion heads for a Project Surf Camp fundraiser.

Farrell said if any EBN readers have an old iron garden bench whose wood has rotted out and they just want to be rid of it, to email him at: Submitted photo

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