By Bob Tagert
Dawn Richardson…A True Beach Babe
Before the Chesapeake Bay Bridge was built in 1952, Washingtonians would escape the bustle of the city by taking the train to North Beach and Chesapeake Beach to get out of the summer heat to sit on the beach, play the slot machines and enjoy everything this beachside area offered. However, when the Chesapeake Bay Bridge opened up, the Atlantic Ocean became the desired destination and the beaches along the Chesapeake began to suffer the economic loss. The landscape in North Beach changed a bit after that.
Born in 1972, Dawn’s hometown had become a destination for motorcycle groups in the early 70’s. The economy was slow but it was home to her and her friends. Dawn attended Beach Elementary School in nearby Chesapeake Beach, Northern Middle School and graduated from Northern High School in Owings, Maryland. “Everyone knew everyone and we would look out for each other, that is what it was like growing up here. Sometimes I wish it was like that now,” she remembers.
Right out of high school she was hired by an environmental firm in Annapolis and began taking night courses at a local community college. She advanced with the company earning a promotion to Business Development Coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Region. Although she enjoyed her job, the commute was beginning to take its toll and she chose to take a job closer to home, and in 1990 her life began to change.
In 2003 Tropical Storm Isabel destroyed many of the waterfront homes and the boardwalk. The storm also destroyed some vacant and decaying buildings that would have taken years to remove by conventional means. The storm accelerated the revitalization of North Beach. Since then, the waterfront has been rebuilt with multi-story homes, a condominium and one of the best boardwalks and beach on the western side of the Bay.
With her children now in school Dawn had time to return to the work force and what better opportunity than to work for the town where she was born and help market its many new amenities to the region. She was offered the position of Marketing Administrator by Mayor Frazer and the deal was completed in 2011. This certainly was the right person for the right job and the beach bunny was home at last. She has excelled in this position and is an intregal part of the community.
When I asked her where she got her sparkling, yet slightly mischievous personality, she simply says, “My mother…why not!” Even though she is outgoing she says, “My friends say that I have the “voice of reason.” Not a bad combination for someone who is responsible for the marketing of her hometown and has to make sure everything is done right and on time!