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Santa Barbara County Supervisors Nix Proposed Historic Designations For Beach Structures

Posted on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 3:51pm


Santa Barbara County Supervisors rejected a proposal to give a 1930’s era beach cabana, and a funicular at a Hope Ranch beach historic protections, which would clear the way for their renovation.

Owners of Marsupial Properties had asked the county’s Historic Landmarks Advisory Commission to approve the designation for the structures on the 1500 block of Roble Drive, which the did, sending it to county supervisors for final consideration.

But, supervisors questioned whether both structures were historic. County Supervisor Janet Wolf suggested a lesser historical designation, which would offer some protections,  bu not allow the owners to refurbish, and expand the facilities in the way they had proposed.

The cabana and funicular are technically not in compliance with the county’s Coastal Land Use Plan, which encourages the removal of non-conforming structures.  However, the exception is historic structures, which can be exempted from the plan.

The Historic Landmarks Commission is being asked to look at the issue again, and outline options for supervisors.


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