"Something awful has happened, and it will come as a shock to all of you," wrote Neil Merrilees, a San Mateo County Parks Commissioner in a letter to the community about the park originally posted on the Montara Fog website. "Unbeknownst to me, property taxes have not been paid since 2006, and the San Mateo County tax collector sold it to the highest bidder at the end of July, 2013."
Residents have expressed shock and concern for the future of Moss Beach Park.
"As a Moss Beach resident I am deeply saddened to learn of this and truly hope for a positive outcome," wrote Lisa Drogin on Half Moon Bay Patch's Facebook page. "It is a highly utilized park and such an important place for kids of all ages, but particularly our youth, in this community."
"I've been waiting for the day my granddaughter is old enough to play there," said Barbra Mathewson.
Some residents see the turn of events as a call to action.
"We simply must get our park back," commented Carolyn Waring on a Patch news article. "Fellow Moss Beach residents - let's work together to make this happen. Any ideas about how we can band together and 'fix' this?"
Do you have ideas about how to move forward? Let's get a conversation going right here on Half Moon Bay Patch. We've created an open blog, "The Future of Moss Beach Park," to be a home base for news, ideas, opinions and announcements about what's happening with the park. This is also a great place to simply share your personal stories about the park and what made it special.
To post, simply click in the "Write a new post" box at the top of the blog or just click here. Type a short title for your post and then tell us your thoughts. You can also add any photos of the park you might have.