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Memorial wall to be taken down

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014

Anthony Tomasso brought a paper flower to place on a memorial tile for his late wife Tuesday at a memorial wall at the end of Las Olas Drive at Seacliff State Beach. The wall is slated for demolition. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

APTOS — In a far corner of Seacliff State Beach, tucked behind a small row of trees at the end of a parking lot is a gray stone wall, 15 feet high and some 30 feet long.

Such a plain structure would never gain much attention by passersby, were it not for dozens upon dozens of memorials that have been affixed to the wall over the years by visitors.

These range from faded names scrawled in black ink to ceramic tiles to professionally made granite plaques. In places, flowers sit in vases atop stone ledges, while painted stones sit in others.

These memorials on the unofficially named memorial wall are tributes to wives and husbands, to grandparents and children and even pets that have died.

On one part of the wall hangs a white ceramic tile with a child’s green handprint bearing a simple message, “I love daddy,” and signed by Mason, and on another part a man named Ron tells his sister Robin to “fly up to the sky.”

On Tuesday afternoon, dozens of people stopped by to visit the memorial.

But this time they were greeted by a sign proclaiming that placing memorials on the wall is a violation of California law, and telling visitors that the memorials will be removed in 30 days.

For the complete article see the 08-14-2014 issue.

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