Seaside Market owners honored for donation to repair entrance stairs at San Elijo Campground


Friends of Cardiff and Carlsbad State Beaches honored Seaside Market and its owners, John and Pete Najjar, on Sept. 20 on the entrance stairway in the San Elijo Campground.

Seaside Market recently donated $20,000 for the repairs of the stairway, which provides the community of Cardiff with direct access to the beach.

Friends founder and board member Bill Wisenor and Executive Director Kathleen Kooiman, along with California State Park Rangers and maintenance crew, helped install an octagonal brass plaque engraved with “Seaside Market” on the top landing of the stairway.

Friends of Cardiff and Carlsbad State Beaches is committed to improving visitor experience by supporting infrastructure repairs and improvements made possible by donations such as those made by Seaside Market and the Najjar family. It is the group’s hope that the 1.2 million community members, campers, beachgoers, and visitors who walk these stairways every year will feel a personal thank you to Seaside Market.

Ken Hays Construction, along with Friends volunteers, absorbed the costs of labor, enabling Seaside Market’s donation to cover materials.

Photos by McKenzie Images