Turc's. The water tower. Mother's Tavern. Harbor House Cafe. Peckerwoods. Harpoon Harry's. Bruce Jones Surfboards. The post office.
These are just some of the colorful spots that make up Sunset Beach, Orange County's last unincorporated coastal community.
“It's a real close-knit community,” says bartender Joy Monoghan. “We all get together for events such as ArtFest, the Pancake Breakfast and the Firemen's Ball. We'd like to preserve that small-town charm. We like Sunset Beach the way it is.”
But the area may soon disappear, at least on official maps.
In the midst of a bitter annexation battle, we take a closer look at the sights, sounds and tastes of the eclectic enclave along Pacific Coast Highway. See what residents have to say about the place they call home in this week's cover feature/photo essay on Sunset Beach.
And check out even more stuff that didn't make it into print behind the jump.
Web Extras: Click here to see even more outtakes and scenes from Sunset Beach, all shot by Keith May.