Years ago, Joseph Garbus and other residents and leaders in Walnut Beach had a vision: to turn a somewhat blighted area into an artist’s community. Earlier this week, city leaders cut a ribbon at the Walnut Beach green, symbolizing what they call a renaissance — the turning of this beach community into an artist’s haven.
City leaders praised Garbus, president of the Walnut Beach Association and chairman of its enhancement committee, and a former alderman, for sparking interest in this corner of Milford.
“An entire beach community worked together to make this project happen over the past many years and decades,” said Mayor Ben Blake.
He thanked the community development office, under former director Robert Gregory and today’s Julie Nash, for working to funnel more than $2 million in state and federal funds to a variety of improvements, from replacing sidewalks to overhauling streetscapes to buying up blighted properties to creating beach amenities.
The mayor also thanked the Public Works Department, Walnut Beach Association, business association, the Walnut Beach Enhancement Committee and businesses that saw a vision for the area.
State Rep. Kim Rose praised Garbus for being able to rally the community together around the Walnut Beach effort, and she noted her predecessors at the state level who pushed for funding to beach area improvements.
The area has gone through great change, said former Community Development Director Robert Gregory.