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Post your photos of a special moment, beautiful light glowing on the bay, or just a fresh take on an everyday place in Belmont Shore, Naples and Long Beach. We'll try to feature one each day.

Look at these wonderful photos taken by your neighbors and Patch readers. We will feature our favorites daily if we get them. Make sure to add a short sentence or description of the photo, as a caption.

I love this latest from Shawn Pearson, taken from a plane in the sky over the coast in East Long Beach. Let's see your photos. Upload them here at the tag below. 

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ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 31, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Wonderful pics...sure glad I finally saw the man below..I was beginning to wonder....
T February 03, 2013 at 04:16 AM
To bad right up the street it all turns to shit and the city refuses to do anything about it. Take a picture of the Library downtown and see if a positive image of Long Beach still lingers in your mind. Belmont Shore, beautiful yes, surrounded by shit, low income apartments, drugs, homeless, criminals, crack heads, alcoholics, public drinking, public urination, thats what your pics should show. Maybe Mayor Foster will get up off his fat ass and do something, without a photo op to motivate him. Yeah after how long did we fnally get a new terminal at the airport? Now we can deliver the passengers to SHITSVILLE in style.
Alan Donaldson February 07, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Wow T, talk about seeing the glass half empty! Been living in LB since 2000 and most everyone I’ve met since moving here agrees, “The LBC just keeps getting better and better.” Sure, there’s still room for more improvement, but where isn’t there?
Panglonymous February 07, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Better and better? Major boner: "In 1990 Acres of Books was designated a cultural heritage landmark by the City of Long Beach. In its long history Acres of Books has served clientele such as Jack Vance, Upton Sinclair, Stan Freberg, Gary Owens, James Hilton, Greg Bear, Tim Powers, Thurston Moore, Mike Watt, Paul Schrader, Fran Lebowitz, Robert Easton, Eli Wallach, Diane Keaton and most notably Ray Bradbury, who immortalized the bookstore in an essay entitled "I Sing The Bookstore Eclectic". Acres of Books closed on October 18, 2008.[1] The owners have sold the 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) lot the store is located on to the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency for $2.8 million.[2] Subsequently, the Redevelopment Agency was dissolved by order of Governor Jerry Brown. The site was proposed to be developed as an art exchange, but the project seems to be moribund." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acres_of_Books
Nancy Wride (Editor) February 07, 2013 at 10:00 PM
I was also wondering what the latest is with the old Press Telegram building that was approved with low-cost housing requirement. And Pan, we all want to see a photo of YOU in the For Long Beach by Long Beach gallery. :D
Panglonymous February 07, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Good question; me, too. Maybe someone in the know will post an update. Check my profile photo - you just have to zoom WAY in. (To the right spot. ;-)
Johnny Utah February 17, 2013 at 04:21 PM
exactly why I moved t bag...
Johnny Utah February 17, 2013 at 04:22 PM
lol Alan...I have been there since the 80's and it has gone done. Your friends must be drinking koolaid.
Nancy Wride (Editor) February 17, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Enjoy this Sunday. What are you up to?
Charlotte Briones March 18, 2013 at 08:41 PM
I miss Acres of Books!
Alan Donaldson March 19, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Acres of Books was big. The size of the store made it a notable oddity. Amazon and e-readers made it obsolete. On one hand, we see the end of a bygone era as Acres of Books rides off into the sunset (along with just about every other brick and mortar book retailer). On the other hand, we have the dawn of a new era; an e-reader with just about everything ever printed at our fingertips. So, are things getting better or worse? I think, “We see what we look for.”
Panglonymous March 19, 2013 at 05:26 PM
An odd physical thing that breathed. Is there an app for that?
Squigglemom, Trish Tsoi-A-Sue March 27, 2013 at 03:56 AM
Lovely photos!
Kimberly George March 31, 2013 at 03:01 AM
i am a long beach native, born and raised right here.. I've traveled many places and seen many faces.. but always returned home, to long beach .. yes we have a lot of social issues, but this is to the asshole that made the ugly comments , if you do like it,, get the *uck out... we can do without such self centered, simple minded individuals in our beautiful City.. have you ever stopped and given a hungry man some food, or a cold child a warm blanket, we as a society must open our minds, our hearts, not just our mouths ... when you truly love life...you began to love others. happy easter
Shawn Pearson April 01, 2013 at 02:43 AM
I would say that this particular site, photos of Long Beach, is for viewers to submit their photos of the city. I noticed that a recent submission was of a political nature, someone holding up a sign about gay marriage...PLEASE don't spoil this site with political messages...the Supreme Court is hearing the case now. Why not delete your photo and conform to theme of the site? How about it?
Dave Newell May 04, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Well Shawn, I posted the picture not because of a political message, but because they happen to have been in Long Beach and part of the community attending a community event. Had it been a straight pride event with a breeders like myself promoting the sacrament of marriage between a man and woman in a like pose, I would have posted that as well. I will never get in the way of some and their right to voice their opinion, nor censor it in my photos. Too many of our men and women have given their lives for that right, and I will fight to defend and preserve those rights until you pry the camera from my cold, dead fingers. And I apologize for not tendering a retort to your post at an earlier date. It is rare I read the comments unless I have posted one myself.
Maria May 09, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Thank you for the photos! I lived in Long Beach for nearly 30 years off and on and there have been so many changes. Some are good and some not so good but the city overall has improved since I first moved there back in the early 80's. Anyway if someone wants to be part of the solution vs. part of the problem there are many opportunities to get involved in making Long Beach a better place to live.
Nancy Wride (Editor) May 09, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Maria, do you have any 80s photos to share? Feel free. In what part of the city did you live in?
Mike Ruehle May 10, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Former Long Beach police commander sued for "slimy" retaliatory police conduct. http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2013/05/newport_beach_police_chief_acc.php http://www.nbpd.org/insidenbpd/history/johnson.asp
Nancy Wride (Editor) May 10, 2013 at 02:20 AM
I posted a link related to the above on the story that has something to do with allegations of police wrongdoing.
Maria May 10, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Nancy, I have some photos from the 80's of Belmont Shore (where I lived) packed away and some from the 90's. At one point I was into taking photos of the demolition of the downtown mall and the rebuild of it. I'd have to unpack old hardcopy photos and go thru them which I can do at some point. Also during late 1990's thru early 2000's was into using my video cam for endless beach related photos and homes in Belmont Shores. 2007-2012 I lived in downtown Long Beach and actually loved living in that area. I was taking many photos by digital phone. Many were lost though I have those of the Pike area and Shoreline Village. Anyway TMI probably tho had wanted to write a book about Long Beach and the changes thru the years hence all the photos and have a journal I kept about changes that happened over the years. May not be too interesting tho I enjoyed keeping it. I do love Long Beach!
Mike Ruehle May 11, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Oh Yeah. And where did you hide it for us folks who didn't take mind reading class?
Roy Hess June 02, 2013 at 11:48 PM
I like Long Beach but it seems like all the money is going down town. When are they going to fix the streets up here in Bixby Highlands and other streets in North Long Beach. It costs me three times this year just to get my wheels alined.
Nancy Wride (Editor) June 03, 2013 at 01:36 AM
What happened to your wheels? Thrown out due to bumpy streets? I was just up there today at the Expo building on Atlanta, but not on residential streets.....
Roy Hess June 04, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Pot holes that has been reported to the city and as today, Nothing has been done.
Nancy Wride (Editor) June 04, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Eesh. Are you in the 9th?

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