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The OB Rag recently reported how bad things have gotten for the Ocean Beach entrance sign located on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard.

"The OB entryway sign is under attack — by termites and the weather. The wooden welcome was installed back in the mid-Eighties, but now nature has taken its toll. It needs to be replaced."

The Ocean Beach Town Council reportedly put out the call for some new designs. Some fans of North County's Surfing Madonna made an online comment to the effect that they hoped Mark Patterson, the Madonna artist, would consider creating the O.B. entryway sign.

On the Save the Surfing Madonna Facebook page, a commenter named Debra stated, "What would really be nice is if the artist that created the ‘Surfing Madonna’ would make something out of mosaic that will last."

Mark Patterson posted a reply: "Interesting idea — but per the news story, OB leaders have gone to a lot of work already and have a short list of artists for re-doing the sign. And who knows? maybe one of them will propose a mosaic! cuz that would be very cool."

Meanwhile, Jim Musgrove, president of the Ocean Beach Town Council, recently issued a call to the public to come up with new designs for the aging sign. 10News reported, "In all, 14 designs [have been] accepted. Ocean Beach officials will narrow it down to about five designs, with a public vote likely and possibly on Facebook."

Ocean Beach officials are scheduled to hold public meetings on the issue and hope to have the sign up by the end of this year.

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Javajoe25 Aug. 21, 2012 @ 9:22 p.m.

Oh man, this is easy! The gateway sign to OB should be a great big bong! A mosaic one would be very cool.


Gail Powell Aug. 21, 2012 @ 10:18 p.m.

If the Surfing Madonna artist made the OB entry way mosaic, the bong smoke would be HOLY SMOKE!


Javajoe25 Aug. 21, 2012 @ 10:34 p.m.

That's another good idea: The sign should be.....Smoke Rings! Maybe a "Smokin' Madonnna!" Yes! A smokin', surfin' Madonna. Sweet.


Gail Powell Aug. 22, 2012 @ 7:38 a.m.

If no one choice of a new sign is given an outright mandate, I would ask the OB organizers here to consider a proposal to Mark Patterson, the Surfing Madonna artist. I will help put together or work at any charity fund-raiser organized to pay his fee, if the good north county artist is agreeable to helping his fellow beach city to the south with our new sign.. But I want everyone to know I am not trying to step on any toes or ruffle any feathers and I would approach Mark Patterson only if requested. Javajoe25 is right: a mosaic would be very cool!


Javajoe25 Aug. 22, 2012 @ 8:30 a.m.

That is very nice of you, Gail, to offer to organize a fund-raiser. I'm not sure any OB organizers read these pages. You might want to send a note to one of the Town Council folks. I think they would be foolish not to take you up on your offer.

Seriously, I think a mosaic of something like the OB pier, and/or Dog Beach, would be a great gateway sign for the town.


PLnate Sept. 24, 2012 @ 10:05 p.m.

The sign should read "welcome to ocean beach, keep trolling trolls".


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