Resort or refuge? Coastal Commission to consider Pebble Beach project
From March 8-10, the California Coastal Commission will be meeting
in Monterey at the Hyatt Hotel, and it is likely the Pebble Beach
Company plan and Measure A will be on the agenda. The Pebble Beach
Company's proposed project area is almost 200 acres and includes
a new golf course, 33 luxury homes, 160 new hotel rooms, a driving
range and a new equestrian center-all in the Coastal zone. This
massive project is proposed for an area thickly forested with native
Monterey pines and which also has multiple wetland habitats with
healthy populations of wetland vegetation, defined under the Coastal
Act as Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area.
The plan would require cutting down 17,000 trees. The plan also
threatens coastal dune habitat and rare maritime chaparral. Nineteen
species of plants in the project area are considered to be rare
or endangered, seven of which are State and/or Federally-listed.
When the project sailed through the approval process at the Board
of Supervisors last March, for weeks domestic and international
papers from as far away as London and Australia wrote scathing reports,
especially concerning the chopping down of so many native trees.
The Coastal Commission has the power to modify or deny the project.
Over 20 private persons and organizations including the Ventana
Chapter have filed appeals with the Commission requesting that they
deny the project.
How to help
Please plan to attend these hearings. Help save these trees and
the habitat for all the plants, animals and birds that will be adversely
affected by this massive project. For more information on times,
dates and location, go to: www.coastal.ca.gov.
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