After 31 years, last fall the U.S. Open Sandcastle Committee said the all-volunteer force would .
In an attempt to keep the tradition going, two meetings were held last month to discuss the possibility of holding a sandcastle competition or event this summer.
Che, the group who called the meetings to , issued the following statement Monday afternoon:
After holding two meetings with stakeholders of the sandcastle competition and city officials, we unanimously came to the conclusion that we will not be hosting a sandcastle event in Imperial Beach this year. Due to budget issues, road repairs on Seacoast Drive and the , this year did not seem to be a fitting year to have the event.
However, all who attended the meeting were open to discuss having a sandcastle event in 2013. At this time, we have not met to discuss this matter, but will keep you informed on the new developments.
On another note, the "Kids & Kastles" event will still be taking place this year. The Optimist Club of Imperial Beach is hosting this event. Members of the Optimist Club want people to know that this event is for the children and is not connected to the U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition in any way. This small event is a fundraiser for the Optimist Club and the date which was previously announced as July 7 is probably going to be changed.