Tidelands Tunes Troubled

Written by Estero Bay News

November 4, 2022

The City of Morro Bay and a local senior citizens group recently concluded a co-sponsored, free concert series held on Thursdays in Tidelands Park but the future of the shows is doubtful for 2023.

The “Tunes at Tidelands” concert series was produced by Morro Bay Seniors, Inc., dba Active Adults 55+, with City planning and assistance in the form of a $10,000 grant.

The final concert in the series took place on Oct. 20. Oddly enough, though it funded the first concert series, the City Council recently stiffed the Seniors group when it asked for $13,000 in community grant funding to do another series of shows next year. 

City Recreation Services Manager, Kirk Carmichael, acknowledged the Council’s actions but vowed not to give up.

“The City put in $10,000 for this series,” Carmichael told Estero Bay News, “and because of that, denied the $13,000 grant request. The City Manager and I spoke with MBSCI about the request and subsequent denial and they understood. I will take a report to City Council soon with the hope of CC approving the funding for the series next fall.”

With a City Council election slated for next Tuesday, and the majority of council seats up for election, the next group of leaders may be more receptive of the Active Adults’ request for funding. But if not, perhaps some generous soul in town could step up to sponsor the events.

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