Visit San Luis Obispo County Honor Fire Services and Noreen Martin at the Opening Ceremony of Sunset Savor the Central Coast.

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It was a beautiful Saturday morning at Santa Margarita Ranch on September 26th. Sunset Savor the Central Coast was one hour away from opening the gates for the Main Event festivities as San Luis Obispo County dignitaries, VIP attendees, and members from the US Forest Service, CAL FIRE, San Luis Ambulance, Santa Margarita Fire Department and the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office gathered under the California Grown Pavilion for the opening ceremonies.

Visit San Luis Obispo County honored the Fire Services of SLO County by presenting the first annual Tourism Hero Award to Fire Chief Robert Lewin, accepting on their behalf. Visit SLO County wanted to say thank you for their exceptional bravery and dedication to keeping not only the county, but the town of Santa Margarita and Santa Margarita Ranch safe during the Cuesta Fire. A total of 123 fire engines, 113 fire crews, 27 dozers and 28 water tenders were deployed to the area, which at it's peak reached 2,446 acres. These men and women worked tirelessly, and for that we can't say thank you enough for what you do everyday.

Noreen Martin received Visit San Luis Obispo County's Tourism Champion Award for 2015. Ms. Martin has represented San Luis Obispo County as a commissioner on the Visit California Board since 2012 and she dedicates her time to many boards and organizations within the region including the Economic Vitality Corporation, Economic Strategy Project, Rabobank Regional President’s Advisory Council, Cal Poly University Athletic Director’s Council, Cal Poly University President’s Local Economic Development Committee, and the Cal Poly University Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration Advisory Council. Noreen Martin is the CEO of Martin Resorts, which is one of the area's Top 20 employers, and we cannot thank her enough for everything she has done and will continue to do for this county.

2015's Sunset Savor the Central was a great success and we can't wait to enjoy with you again next year!