We are so fortunate to live in a beautiful city like Monterey and now Health Science Degree has recognized our little city as one of the 20 healthiest cities in America. What an honor but it doesn't come as a surprise to those of us who live here. With our pristine Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary, peaceful and clean beaches where cigarettes are banned, safe and active Recreational Trail, clean air, more parks per capita than any other city on the central coast, and access to an abundance of nutritious organic food year around, this is a special place to live and play. And there are many opportunities for physical activity including our city owned Sports Center, our physical fitness trail around Lake El Estero, hiking and biking trails, kayaking rentals, surfing and scuba diving.
I'm thankful for the work of city leaders in the past who had the vision to protect the natural beauty of Monterey and took action to maintain its small town feel. Other tourists destinations lack our beach access because they allowed hotels and condominiums to build on the oceanfront, crowding out public spaces. Monterey leaders, including our current Mayor Clyde Roberson, made sure that we would not have over development on Del Monte Beach and today we have a lovely Window On The Bay for recreation and public access to the ocean. and our Recreation Trail, a converted train track along the ocean, is a model for other cities.
If you want to read what Health Science Degree has to say about Monterey and see the other healthy cities, check out the story here.