I have this peculiar little hang up. If you're going to spend all day in a meeting or a workshop about beach stuff, and it's held within a stone's throw of the beach, you should actually go to the beach. Even if it's only for five or ten minutes early in the morning and there's a high tide and a bitterly cold north wind.
I like the Edmonds waterfront. I guess that's because despite its developed setting, there are still beaches and most of them are publicly accessible. It's a far cry from the large spit that once separated a big salt marsh from the Sound (map is from 1872) - the marsh that's left is a small remnant of the original and the barrier is segmented into a few artificially confined pocket beaches - but I wish we could figure out how to do this with some of our other small town waterfronts.
And here are a couple of earlier posts from April 2009, when it wasn't quite so cold as this Monday morning two weeks ago.