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Land Conservation Groups Buying Rare Undeveloped Coastal Bluff On South Coast For Preservation

Two non-profit groups buying 21 acres of land on the Carpinteria Bluffs slated for development to keep it instead as open space

A scenic South Coast bluff with an incredible panoramic view of the Santa Barbara Channel has been the proposed site of a luxury resort for decades.

But, some people dreamed of preserving the more than 20 acre site as open space. Now, thanks to two local conservation groups, the community has a chance to make that dream come true.

KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that two conservation groups have reached a deal to buy the property for six million dollars.  The total effort will cost $7.9 million dollars, including money for cleaning the land, building trails, and creating an endowment. 

The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, and the Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs says $5.5 million dollars has been pledged so far, and they need to raise an additional $2.5 million dollars in the next year.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.