citizens, council members pay tribute to ocean Shores Mayor Crystal Dingler as city begins replacement process after her death Nov. 6

By Angelo Bruscas

The death of Ocean Shores Mayor Crystal Dingler was one of the main topics at the Nov. 8 Ocean Shores City Council meeting as a number of citizens and council members remembered one of the city's longest-serving mayors. Dingler had been mayor since 2012, with two years still to serve in her current term. Below is a photo of her dedicating the new flag pole at the Ocean Shores gates with local Veterans. The video clip includes the portion of the Monday night council meeting featuring comments about the passing of Mayor Dingler.

Here is the Ocean Shores City statement on Mayor Dingler's death:

It was with a heavy heart that the City of Ocean Shores mayor pro tem, Jon Martin, announced early Sunday morning, the passing of Mayor Crystal Dingler Saturday evening, November 6th, 2021.Crystal became mayor in 2012 and guided the city through some of its most trying times, first financially and then through the pandemic.

“It’s a great loss for the city of Ocean Shores. She was elected three times as mayor and all of the city’s department heads were her hires,” said Martin. “And just the work she did not only in the city but outside the city, on different committees, both regional and national. It’s a great loss.”

Crystal and her husband of 58 years, Dean, moved to Ocean Shores in 2004. Not one to sit by the sidelines, she quickly became a volunteer of her time including Vice Chair, Washington Coast Marine Advisory Council (member 2018 to present) 2017-2018 Chair, SW Region Transportation Planning Org. Founder, Nonprofit Leaders Conference for Coastal and SW WA, Past President of Ocean Shores Friends of the Library, Past Chair of Ocean Shores Library Board, North Beach Community Television Board Member At Large Trainer Assoc. of University Technology Managers, Trustee of National Board, Intellectual Property management trainer & chaired annual meetings Co-taught Intellectual Property Mgt., National Council of University Research Administrators.

Crystal earned her master's degree in English at the University of Washington in her 30s and went back to school in her late 40s earning her law degree. She passed the bar at the age of 50.She never stopped learning. She was passionate about travel and genealogy. She developed and maintained several genealogy county websites and co-authored a series of genealogy resource books.

She was also a published poet. Her poem Nesting is a childhood memory from her family farm. “It’s not as though we understood anything then, the fields tall with wheat-like grass, the orchard frozen one lone winter and the blackberry brambles rampant through the dead branches of apple and cherry. We lined each nest with the lavender fluff of thistle and gathered our eggs from the hen house. We would hatch them ourselves, raise batch after batch until we were rich. We laughed those purple seedy laughs trading secrets like fluffy yellow chicks. How the eggs rested against our legs like warm brown flesh, how we kept lifting our skirts to see if anything had hatched.”

She was more than a mentor to her city staff. Her positive and communicative management style earned their respect, loyalty and trust. Crystal is survived by her husband Dean and their three children, Elizabeth, Kurt and Ken and her cat Pitty. A celebration of life and memorial service date has yet to be determined.

Coastal Interpretive Center hosts grand reopening ceremony highlighted by remarks from U.S Rep. Derek Kilmer

The Ocean Shores Coastal Interpretive Center celebrated its grand reopening on Aug. 4 2021, after being closed for more than a year because of COVID-19 precautions and to remodel and update the plethora of exhibits unique to the life and history of the North Beach and central Washington coast. Participating and speaking during the event were U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, Ocean Shores Mayor Crystal Dingler, Grays Harbor County Commissioner Vickie Raines, as well current Interpretive Center Board President Michael Darling, and past board president Nancy Eldridge. A special presentation was made to longtime volunteer Walter Weed, and tours of the new exhibits (featured in an earlier North Beach Community TV video on our YouTube channel). The Coastal Interpretive Center is locate on the southern end of Ocean Shores at 1033 Catala Ave SE, phone: 360-289-4617

Fourth of July brings thousands of visitors, leaves with scores of emergency responses and more than 29 tons of trash

North Beach Now staff

Fourth of July festivities brought three days of fireworks and thousands of visitors to the beaches of Ocean Shores, also causing nearly 70 call responses from the Fire Department and depositing more than 29 tons of trash collected off the main beach approaches. North Beach Community TV reporters Michael Gershman and Scott D. Johnston have completed a video documentary that looks at the event from fireworks to cleanup.

Ocean Shores Fire Department 4th of July weekend: 23 Aid Calls 14 Fire Calls 1 CPR in progress 1 Airlift (Child Fireworks Injury) 1 Car Accident with Injuries 2 Surf Rescues 25 Illegal Burns.
"We were able to stop Dune Fires before any structures were damaged. No fatalities! A huge success thanks to our partnering agencies and extra resources Thank You: Grays Harbor 911 Dispatchers, Ocean Shores Police Dept., Shilo Hotel, CERT, Fire District 7, Hoquiam Fire Dept., Washington State Parks Dept., Grays Harbor County Sheriff deputies, WSP, Airlift Northwest, Grays Harbor Regional Health."

Firebreak public discussion draws large crowd
as ocean shores city council continues to eye
options to protect hotels, properties along dunes

North Beach Community TV video of the full discussion

The Ocean Shores City Council continues to move forward toward a proposed 50-foot wide firebreak buffer between properties along the dunes and the often tinder dry vegetation that has taken over much of the outer dunes. Residents and longtime condo owners, as well as those in the hotel industry urged the council to consider the rising fire danger as well as the need to protect and mitigate any encroachment in the wetlands the city recently had fully mapped out in a delineation process. North Beach Community TV was filming the full council proceedings, seen starting Tuesday on Channel 68 for those having Coast Communications cable. For our online viewers, here is the video of the firebreak full discussion with public comment: