Thursday, October 27, 2011
Manhattan Beach, the hometown that we know and love, was officially incorporated in December 1912 and has a storied history that will be celebrated leading up to our Centennial in 2012. In its earliest days, the area was developed by several competing land companies. One major owner, George Peck, called his tracts "Shore Acres." John Merrill called his section "Manhattan Beach," after the famous resort in New York. According to another developer, Frank Daugherty, Peck and Merrill flipped a coin to determine a single name, and Manhattan Beach won.
From that time, Manhattan Beach has developed into a place that is truly special for residents and visitors alike. The beautiful beaches and year-round sunshine provide an ideal setting for the home of beach volleyball, visiting our iconic Pier, surfing or simply strolling along the strand! Beyond this beautiful ocean front, Manhattan Beach is a small, yet sophisticated, city that has it all. A city of lovely homes on tree lined streets, extraordinary schools, dining and shopping destinations to suit every taste, fine places of worship, excellent civic organizations, wonderful parks and friendly people at every turn.