A sign for the new year: Carlsbad celebrates installation of landmark

Hundreds of spectators cheer Jan. 8 as the Carlsbad archway sign is lit for the first time at its new home at the corner of Carlsbad Boulevard and Carlsbad Village Drive. (Photo by Scott Allison)

North Coast Current

Residents and officials celebrated the installation of Carlsbad’s new downtown sign Jan. 8 with fanfare at a 5:30 p.m. ceremony.

Hundreds of spectators joined Mayor Matt Hall in lighting the sign, which spans Carlsbad Boulevard in front of the historic former Twin Inns building. The Carlsbad High School Drumline, under the direction of Peter Manzi, performed underneath the sign during the lighting ceremony.

The effort to install the sign, which is based on a version that existed in the 1930s, was spearheaded by Carlsbad real estate agent Carlton Lund. After 14 years of work to get the sign in place, it was installed on Dec. 29.