Seaside falls short for All-America City honor

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ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) -- The city of Seaside has fallen short in its bid to be designated an "All-America City."

The city was among 26 finalists for the national award given to communities that demonstrate the ability to solve problems with the assistance of local residents, organizations and city officials.

In an awards ceremony Friday, Seaside was not among the 10 cities picked.

The Daily Astorian reports an All-America Committee spent 18 months submitting Seaside's application and preparing for the trip to Kansas City to tell its story.

Seaside representatives talked about accomplishments that include creating a skate park, building a library and developing a tsunami evacuation plan.

Mayor Don Larson called the opportunity to participate as a finalist for the competition a "real privilege."

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Information from: The Daily Astorian, http://www.dailyastorian.com