After months of legal wrangling, Sunset Beach is officially part of Huntington Beach.
The tiny beach town with less than 1,500 residents was one of the last unincorporated beach cities in Orange County and had been declared a "small island" because it was less than 150-acres. This island status is what qualified Sunset Beach for "island annexation," which Huntington Beach moved on fairly quickly.
Sunset Beach residents objected to their little enclave by the sea being swallowed by the bigger city of Huntington Beach, saying the annexation was unconstitutional because of the new taxes that would be imposed. However, according to reports, the motivation behind annexation is to offset the cost of providing services to Sunset Beach, such as fire response, water and waste management.
The annexation study indicates little change or fiscal impact for either city. Of course, residents in other small cities that have been taken over by larger cities disagree, saying things always change, promises get broken and their voices get lost in the masses.
What do you think about Sunset Beach becoming part of Huntington Beach?