Seaside. 1 City (1990 pop. 38,901), Monterey co., W Calif., on Monterey Bay, in a fruit region; founded 1887, inc. 1954. Its economy is based largely upon tourism. California State Univ. Monterey Bay is there, on the former site of Fort Ord.

2 Planned resort community, Walton co., NW Fla., on the Gulf of Mexico. Designed by architect-planners Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, authors (with Jeff Speck) of the pro-planning, anti-sprawl Suburban Nation (2000), Seaside was built in the mid-1980s according to neotraditional 19th-century house-construction and community-layout principles, with the aim of fostering social interaction. In contrast to the condominium towers, malls, and general overdevelopment of the Panhandle's "Redneck Riviera," Seaside is the pioneering landmark of the "New Urbanism," its houses and facilities designed by various contemporary architects, its streets traveled by pedestrian and bicycle traffic. While many have praised Seaside's architectural excellence, other have criticized its sterility and lack of organic spontaneity.

Seaside is a city in Monterey County, California, USA, with a total population of 31,696 as of the 2000 census. Seaside is the home of California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB), which is on the site of the former Fort Ord. It is also the home of the Bayonet and Black Horse golf courses, once also part of the Fort Ord military base and now open to the public and host to PGA Tour events.


Seaside is located at (36.615810, -121.833957).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.0 square miles (23.2 km²), of which, 8.8 square miles (22.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (1.45%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 31,696 people, 9,833 households, and 7,394 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,591.3 people per square mile (1,385.9/km²). There were 11,005 housing units at an average density of 1,246.9/sq mi (481.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 49.21% White, 12.61% African American, 1.04% Native American, 10.09% Asian, 1.29% Pacific Islander, 18.41% from other races, and 7.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 34.48% of the population.

There were 9,833 hs out of which 42.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.21 and the average family size was 3.59.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.2% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 34.4% from 25 to 44, 15.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 103.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $41,393, and the median income for a family was $43,259. Males had a median income of $29,204 versus $26,424 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,183. About 9.3% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.9% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.

Seaside's High School is home to the 2006 CCS Small-Division Football Championship winners, the Spartans led by coaches Alfred Avila, Quentin Crosby, Michael Drain, Jeff Quenga, Matt Avila, Pastor Joe Kamp, and Bryan Shaw. The football game between rival Monterey High School attracts nearly 5,000 people every year.

Message Mountain

Message Mountain is part of popular culture in Seaside. It is a large dune near the junction of Fremont Blvd and State Route 1. People write messages on the dune with ice plant. It is a popular place for birthday messages, wedding proposals, and congratulation messages. It is also known as "The Big Dune."

Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses

Bayonet Golf Course, designed in 1954, was built on the Fort Ord military base. It was named after the Army's 7th Infantry division. The course was allegedly designed to play to then-commanding officer General Robert McClure's terrible slice, and thus has a series of holes nicknamed "Combat Corner" with substantial doglegs. Black Horse, named after the 11th Cavalry, followed in 1964. Until 1997, the golf course was only open to members of the military; in 1997 it was purchased by Seaside and opened to the public. The course has been under renovation for several years. It now meets USGA specifications, and has one new and eight redesigned holes. Both Bayonet and Black Horse overlook Monterey Bay, and are par 72 courses.

Notable Natives and Residents

Herman Edwards

"Herm" Edwards is currently the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. He had previously coached the New York Jets. Edwards was born in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey and raised in Seaside, California. Edwards is the son of Herman, Sr., the late Master Sergeant, and Martha. Herman Sr. met Martha while he was stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army. Edwards played college football at Monterey Peninsula Junior College in 1973. Edwards hosts an annual football camp at CSUMB sponsored by The Youth Foundation.

Tony Curtis

Tony Curtis is currently the backup tight end for the Dallas Cowboys. He attended and graduated from Seaside High School in 2001 and went on to attend college at Portland State. He attended open try outs for the Cowboys and was put on the practice squad in 2005. Head coach Wade Phillips promoted Curtis after a strong pre-season to back up TE. He had 3 catches for 3 touchdowns in the 2007 season.

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