Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin introduced and distributed the city's official 2012 commemorative coin to the rest of the city council during Tuesday's council meeting.
The coin, designed by 15-year Redondo Beach resident Ivett Garay, showcases the city's commitment to the Blue Zones Project, formerly known as the Healthways-Blue Zones Vitality City initiative, which encourages healthy living.
The design of the coin incorporates the view, beach activities, King Harbor and even the weather while tying into the Vitality City theme. The runner's hair mimics the view of the Palos Verdes Peninsula; the sailboat represents King Harbor; the cyclist and the runner represent popular activities on the Strand; and the shining sun pattern in the background symbolizes the area's beautiful weather.
Garay is a freelance illustrator who specializes in avian and wilderness drawings, according to documentation from the city. She saw the coin design contest as an opportunity to describe what she enjoys about living in Redondo Beach.
Along with her husband, Rob, Garay enjoys biking along the beach, running the Strand, swimming in the ocean and twilight walks down to the pier.
Each year, the city hosts a contest to design that year's commemorative coin, which is given to visiting dignitaries and recipients of special community awards.
The 2011 coin celebrated the 20th anniversary of Wyland Wall 31, also known as the Whaling Wall, on the AES power plant, while the theme for the 2010 coin was "navigating the world of information."