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Don’t miss out on the summer events at Lincoln City’s Driftwood Public Library.

  • The Family Night activities at the library on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM continue to be VERY popular. Last week, 132 children and their families attended a performance from Alex Zerbe the Zaniac, a juggler and prop comedian. The remaining events are as follows:
  • July 25th: Chayag: South American music
  • August 1st: Brad Clark story songs
  • August 8th: The Oregon Bird Man (live birds!)
  • August 15th: Henrik Bothe, juggler and magician
  • August 22nd: Oregon Rocks! (play with rocks and learn about geology)
  • On Sunday, July 15th, the library hosted a free concert from professional violist Rose Hashimoto. She played a number of pieces, some traditional and some highly experimental, that showcase the versatility of the viola. Rose is a Juilliard-trained musician who resides in New York City, but who has family in Seattle and Oregon. This is the second time she has played free of charge at the library; the last time was with The Evergreen String Quartet in 2015. 41 people attended this performance, and many lingered afterward to talk to Rose about music and performing. Video of one of the more experimental pieces can be seen on the library’s Facebook page, here:


The City Council Sets New Budget for Police Building

The Lincoln City Council met on July 18th to review the status of the proposed police budget and set a new budget.  The City Council previously established a budget of $10.5 million which was based on debt payments on the building.  The City’s charter allows using transient room tax funds for building construction and maintenance.

The original design was estimated to cost approximately $14.5 million.  The City Council asked staff and the architects to reduce the size of the building from 24,000 square feet to 18,000 square feet and work toward the $10.5 million budget.  It was anticipated in February that the price might be higher however the City Council wanted to work toward the new budget.

Tonight we presented a new estimate of $12.5 million based on the reduced building size and other cuts.  The original plan included demolishing the old building but we will save approximately $500,000 by deferring it’s demolition.  Tonight’s proposal also deferred landscaping until a later date.

After reviewing all of the proposed cuts, the Council added a few items back in and approved a budget of $12.6 million.

We still plan to limit the debt service to $10.5 million and the remaining $2.1 million will be covered by City funds.  The largest sources of revenue will come from City reserves.  The City’s finance director and I will present the required resolutions for using these funds in August.

We anticipate ground breaking in November.


The appearance of buildings and streetscapes in Lincoln City is an area of concern for city officials and community residents.  The City’s Planning Department has hired a consultant to evaluate the existing design standards and address the necessary changes to achieve a desired look and function. Over the next six months the consultants will assist with:

  • Establishing a vision, goals, objectives, and policies for streetscape aesthetics and building design
  • Determine preferences through a public education and outreach program
  • Propose new or revised code sections that will result in streetscape aesthetic and building designs that are practical, affordable, and appropriate for the community and environment
  • Identify ways to improve administration of the city code and incentives that will promote good aesthetics and design

To help guide this project and provide community ideas on design preferences, the Planning Department has organized a project advisory committee.  The committee is made up of individuals with design experience, representatives of local businesses, neighborhoods, and organizations.  The first meeting for the committee was June 22nd.  At that meeting, the committee discussed goals for the project and reviewed the current design standards.

After the consultants conduct a visual preference survey and workshop, they will share key findings with the advisory committee at a second meeting later this summer.  The group will then confirm a strategy for moving forward.  The last meeting will be this fall, when committee members will review a draft of proposed changes to the code

Before and changes are made to the city’s design standards, the Planning Commission and City Council will conduct public hearings to give notice.

Project Advisory Committee Members: Marty Rollins, Joe Getty, Danelle Lochrie, Diana Portwood, Dave Price, Jeff Syrop, Nora Sherwood, Rich Briggs, Shawn Kehr, representatives from the Bay Area Merchants Association, Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce, and the State Historic Preservation Office.

For more information and continued updates on the Design Standards Project please visit Design Standards Project 2018.


  • Use leftover cooking oil to occasionally wipe down metal gardening tools to prevent corrosion
  • Use table salt as a natural weed killer (mix with water in one of your reused glass bottles or even a reused spray bottle)
  • Use broken pottery, mugs, plates, and cups to plant in and decorate your garden
  • Old pallets are a great way to make an outdoor compost pile
  • Old tubs and sinks make great ponds and decorative planters
  • Reuse wood scraps to create inexpensive garden plots
  • reuse large plastic water bottles to protect seedlings from wind and insects-once the plant is touching the bottle it should be removed and saved to use for the next seedling
  • Reuse old CD’s and DVD’s to scare off birds
  • Make your own sprinkler head out of a used plastic bottle 
  • reuse old silverware by painting them and creating a cool wind chimeMore zero waste tips coming soon!

Lincoln City and the Octopus

I’ve had quite a few folks ask me why Lincoln City’s branding now features an octopus. They see it as a big surprise and not quite what they expected. Why an octopus?

Well, first off, after many stakeholder input sessions, we found that Lincoln City as a long, linear town full of pleasant surprises resonated with virtually everyone. We are the Unexpected, the beach town uniquely full of surprises big and small, including, as it turned out, our new friend the octopus.

But, an octopus? What does that have to do with Lincoln City?   We don’t have any, right?

Actually, you can look to our recent tourism past and see quite a few.

Open the menu from Pixie Kitchen and you’re greeted by their cartoon octopus.


He was also one of the main characters in the animatronic garden behind the restaurant.  His mechanized tentacle tipped his hat to guests for over 30 years.

Go back a little further and you’ll find more octopuses lurking about.

Where D River Wayside is today, guests enjoyed visits to the DeLake Aquarium and, yes, a giant Pacific octopus was one of the main attractions.


Going back even further, we have the Native American Legend of Devils Lake (,) a story featured at A Tour To Die For. According to the legend, the tentacles of a monster emerged from the lake, grabbed men from their canoes and dragged them to the bottom, never to be seen 

again. While there is no indication that the monster was definitely an octopus, I’m guessing it was at least a cephalopod cousin.

What about now, you say? Well, look up in the sky during our Kite Festivals, and you will most likely see quite a few flying above you.

Once you start thinking about octopuses, you’ll start seeing them in Lincoln City.

There is an octopus in the concrete bench in front of the North Lincoln County Historical Museum.




Go up to the Library, walk in the entrance and look to your left. You’ll see another one.


In fact, there are octopuses everywhere you look.


Jennifer Sears Glass Studio:





Historic Anchor Inn:





Sea Gypsy Hotel:









Lincoln City Community Center:










Black Squid (technically another cousin, but still a cephalopod)


But, what about real octopuses?  According to Bill Lachner, who conducts our clamming and crabbing clinics, they are in our tide pools. They are shy and clever and hard to spot, but sometimes you can spot babies there.





So, yes, we have a rich history when it comes to octopuses. And we have quite a few here in town. Once we get a little farther down the road with our branding rollout, we’re going to have a contest to see who can spot the most octopuses here in Lincoln City.

More on that in another blog post soon.




Bring your own reusable bag when you go shopping and pass on the plastic bags. Plastic bags have long been a staple of modern convenience living, but the cost of convenience is starting to add up environmentally. Plastic bags ultimately end up in the landfill and even then they can take 10-1000 years to break down. On average Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year, which require 12 million barrels of oil to produce. Switching to reusable bags not only reduces plastic waste but they are also more durable and washable. I have made the switch to reusable shopping bags and it wasn’t that hard after all.  I purchased reusable shopping bags (most were $1) from the local grocery stores in town. Every grocery store in town offers a reusable alternative to the plastic bag.  I store my reusable bags in the trunk of my car so I don’t forget them.  It may sound daunting at first but it has been easy to pass on the plastic. Keep sending me your trash reducing tips.

The Budget Committee Approves the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Budget

On Monday the Budget Committee (BC) approved next year’s budget.  It completed over 15 hours of work on their part.  The following are significant changes made by the BC.

  • Remove the convenience fee for using debit and credit cards to pay on-line.  The City charges an extra $2.25 when you pay your utility bill on-line with a debit and/or credit card.  The City will cease this practice if this change is approved by the City Council.  This change will decrease the City’s revenue by $4,520 per year but we hope more people will pay their bill on-line.

TRASH TIP:  You can reduce the amount of trash you create by switching to electronic billing.  It’s just four east steps to go paperless when you set up an account at Express Bill Pay.

  1. Go to and log in.
  2. Click “View Bill” under the account you would like to be paperless.
  3. Locate the “Paperless (Off)” button
  4. Click the button to turn on “Paperless (On)”

TA-DA!  Just like that you’ve reduced the stuff you throw away.

  •  Donate $50,000 to the Hospital for equipment when the new hospital is built.  Samaritan Hospital is moving forward with the new hospital and are fund raising for equipment needed in the new hospital.  The BC recommended giving $50,000 as part of the City’s economic development incentives.
  • Create a Teen Center within the Community Center.  The BC approved $46,250 for this purpose.
  • Funding for the Cultural Center.  The BC approved $58,000 for window replacement at the Cultural Center, $150,000 for improvements to the grounds and $50,000 for design/engineering for the site plan engineering and design development.
  • The BC approved $500,000 for a new centrifuge.  A centrifuge dries the sewage sludge so it can be taken to the landfill.  The City has one in operation now but needs a second to process the amount of sludge generated and act as a back up.
  • Wi-Fi Hot Spots.  The City Council has been interested in providing greater access to the internet especially for students.  The BC approved $10,000 for installing hot spots in selected areas within Town.
  • Remove the Deed Restriction at Regatta Park.  The deed on the park restricts vendors.  Removing this restriction allows the City to expand activities at the park.
  • Add $1.15 million for sidewalks along Hwy 101.  These funds will be used to extend sidewalk on the east side of Hwy 101 from Taco Bell to Holmes road – approximately 2,000 feet; extend sidewalk on the west side of Hwy 101 from Motel 6 to Mojo’s Coffee – approximately 100 feet; and, extend sidewalk on the east side of Hwy 101 from SE 19th to SE 23rd – approximately 1,200 feet.

The approved budget will be presented to the City Council on June 11th for adoption