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State Coastal Commission Set To Look At Removal Of Unpermitted Special Events Site At Santa Barbara County Resort

Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2013 6:51am


The State Coastal Commission is set to look at a proposed agreement today calling for a Santa Barbara County resort to remove an unpermitted blufftop wedding and special event site, and restore the land.

Commission officials say the former owners of the Bacara Resort, in the Goleta area removed trees, and costal sage brush without permits to create what’s known as the resort’s East Terrace property.

The report says while the work didn’t destroy environmentally sensitive habitat, it did remove important natural resources.
It also says the site is potentially archeologically important.

The resort isn’t fighting a cease and desist order. It’s stopped using the site for weddings, and special events.

In a letter to the commission, former resort owner SB Luxury Resorts says it will assume financial responsibility for restoring the site. In February, SB Resorts sold the Bacara to BRS Investment Properties.

The Coastal Commission is meeting in Santa Barbara County this week, at El Capitan State Beach.


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