By Matthew Wood
It’s officially the holiday season in Ocean Beach: The OB Christmas tree has been planted in the sand.
The 60-foot-or-so star pine was cut down Tuesday morning from the yard of the Kuhn family at 4879 Coronado Ave. and transported with much fanfare to its spot near the boardwalk just off Newport Avenue and Abbott Street.
“Whenever we do a tree, we want to find one that can be donated,” said OB Town Council president Gretchen Newsom, who said the tree’s roots were coming into the house and it needed to be cut down anyway.
“It was identified as already needing to come down. We try and go local first, but we’re not interested in just cutting down a tree.”
Even though it traveled just a few blocks, it was quite a journey. Crews came out around 8 a.m. on Tuesday and spent nearly three hours taking the tree down and putting on the back of a 48-foot trailer for the ceremonial ride through OB.
The first snag came at Cable and Del Monte, when a few branches had to be sacrificed in order for it to make the left turn.