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Coordinates: 32°37′29″N 117°8′18″W / 32.62472°N 117.13833°W / 32.62472; -117.13833

Map of Silver Strand Beach (area inside the red lines)

Silverstrand Beach is a one mile long beach community bordered by the cities of Oxnard and Port Hueneme. It is bounded on the south by the Port of Hueneme and to the north by the Channel Islands Harbor; The eastern side of the beach is entirely composed of the United States Navy Base at Port Hueneme. The harbors and the Naval base almost completely surround Silverstrand isolating the area and making it accessible by only one road.

Silverstrand is also home to the Oxnard base of the United States Coast Guard and the National Weather Service Oxnard operation which covers Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County.

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Silverstrand

Silverstrand, commonly referred to as "The Strand", is a collection of mostly post-WW II single family homes, and some Multi-Family homes. There are two small zoned commercial districts. The main commercial district is centered around Roosevelt Boulevard and consists of a collection of restaurants, real estate offices and a few small businesses. The second commercial zone is located at the south end of the beach.

The Population of Silverstrand is 3,315. Median Household income is $71,850 with a per capita income $42,974. Median age is 39. The population is 89% White Non-Hispanic.[1]

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History

The Silverstrand Beach community dates back to 1924 when the Hollywood Beach subdivision was initiated in unincorporated Ventura County. Silverstrand was mapped in 1925, and Hollywood by the Sea in 1926. Hollywood by the Sea is located adjacent to Silverstrand on the east side of Victoria Avenue / Roosevelt Boulevard. The harbor, which was constructed in the 1960s, is located where much of Hollywood by the Sea once stood.[2]

Beach

Silverstrand Beach is a one mile long sandy beach running 150 yds in width. It is capped by the north and south jetties which both have small parking lots and limited restroom facilities. The coast is a sandy bottom beach break which has significant rip tides and undertow. Lifeguards are not on duty from Sept to may.

The Mural Wall at The Ship parking lot, Silverstrand Beach.

Shipwreck

In 1970 the declining luxury cruise liner La Jenelle had been anchored off Silverstrand awaiting investments for reconditioning. On April 13 strong winds pushed the ship near the entrance of the Port of Hueneme where the ship hit a sand bar and capsized. Since the boat was well over 50 years old it was abandoned by its owners and quickly started disintegrating in the surf. To prevent injury the navy cut the exposed top off the boat and then filled hull and surrounding area with rocks and sand. Parts of the deck and hull are still visible from the south jetty and a full length view of the of the ship can be seen from the ocean.

Localism

Often attributed to its isolated location and blue collar and Naval history Silverstrand's surfers have fostered a reputation for localism and as being unfriendly to outsiders. Confrontations between local residents and surfers from out of the area are not uncommon. The Silverstrand locals, often referred to as SSL, have gained a near mythical status in California's surfing culture and have been featured in surfer magazine and the Documentary The Swell Life.[3]

Music and entertainment

Silverstrand Beach is credited as being the birthplace of the Nardcore style of hardcore punk music. Oxnard was the epicenter of the early 1980s hardcore punk scene in Southern California, and many of its founding genre bands were from Silverstrand, most notable being Dr. Know, Agression, Stalag 13 and Ill Repute.

Proper Name

Silverstrand is known by numerous different names and spelling. The name was created by the Hollywood Beach subdivision in 1924 and was spelled as one word Silverstrand. However, in the Ventura county coastal zoning ordinance the area is referred to with two words Silver Strand. It also known as Channel Islands Beach.

Points of interest

  • Quincy Street Ltd. - Dinner restuaraunt with a full bar.
  • Big Daddy O's Beach BBQ & Catering
  • Pepe's - a little burrito and taco place.
  • Jetty Surf Cafe - a nice little breakfast and lunch place with a Hawaiian twist.
  • The Corner Store - a little convenience store.
  • The Beachcomber - a wine and beer bar which features live music

References

  1. ^ *City Data - Channel Islands Beach 2007 data, Accessed November 8th, 2009
  2. ^ *CIBSD History, Accessed November 8th, 2009,
  3. ^ *The Swell Life Darren E. McInerney, 2001

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