Coast Guard Station Rio Vista helps clean up Rio Vista

RIO VISTA, Calif. – The crew of Coast Guard Station Rio Vista volunteered to take some time out their busy schedule to give back to their community Monday by participating in a community service project.

In preparation for the annual Rio Vista Bass Festival, the city of Rio Vista wanted to make sure Main Street felt warm and inviting for the thousands of visitors who will converge on the downtown area. When the Coast Guard crew heard that the city was searching for volunteers to give the dilapidated and vacant Rio Vista Hotel a face lift, crew members took off their uniforms and put on their painting clothes.

The Rio Vista Hotel is located on Main Street, in the center of the downtown area of Rio Vista. The hotel has been vacant for several years and city officials wanted to spruce up the downtown area for the upcoming 62nd annual Bass Festival. After discussions with the owner, city officials were able to come to an agreement; if the owner would pay for the supplies, the city could find volunteers to clean and paint the exterior. The hotel is situated near many of the events during this year’s festival. Main Street will be center stage for many exciting events, including a classic car show, motorcycle show, and an art exhibit.

After a little bit of elbow grease and a lot of paint, the crew from Station Rio Vista was able to get most of the exterior primed and ready for a finish coat. The crew also installed blinds in the second and third floor windows. Their hard work was certainly noticed by many local residents. Several city officials, including the police chief, Chamber of Commerce president, and Rotary president, stopped to say thank you.

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