Higgins bids farewell at Chamber meeting

Wendy Higgins and George Vetter at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce coffee meeting, the last before Higgins heads to a new job in Washington state.

Wendy Higgins enjoyed her last Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Wednesday morning meeting, as she prepared to say farewell to the city where she has lived and worked.

Higgins was Chamber of Commerce president before the business community encouraged her to run for office. Higgins was elected to City Council in 2008; her term expires at the end of this year. As a 34-year area resident and The Ocean Lodge’s general manager for 14 years, she has balanced a full-time job with councilor duties. While she is moving next week, she will serve out her City Council term until the end of the year.

“We have an amazing group down here,” Higgins said. “As a community, we have come so far, with our city government and our chamber. I’m ecstatic about where you guys are.”

When Higgins first became involved with the chamber, “there was no money here,” she said. “The city wasn’t supportive. Now we’re in a really good place.”

Higgins will be going to Escape Lodging’s Lodge at Columbia Point, in Richfield, Washington, an 82-room resort hotel in the state’s wine country.

“Cannon Beach has such an amazing reputation,” Higgins said Wednesday. “ Where we were and where we’re going is just amazing, I’m really proud to have been a part of that. I’ll always be a part of this community.”

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