A preview of the March 15, 2013,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

March 15 - 21, 2013

Dear Readers,

The local real estate market got a tremendous shot in the arm last week when a Pebble Beach oceanfront mansion sold for $22.5 million — a price level not seen since long before the Great Recession. The buyer is anonymous and few details are available, but it's a remarkable story nonetheless.

Speaking of mansions — would you want to lease Flanders Mansion for $8,500 a month, spend $1.2 million to restore it, and have to give it back to the city in a few decades for no return? Several people apparently want to, the city says. Mary Schley reports.

Environmentalists and federal officials envision a hiking trail the length of the California coast, but how will it be paid for and all the obstacles be overcome? An upcoming public meeting in Big Sur will try to provide some of the answers. Chris Counts has that one.

Two of what must be the dumbest burglars in history were apparently caught downtown last week. Competing plans to renovate the Scout House were aired before the cultural commission Tuesday. A collapsed section of Highway 1 through Big Sur will reopen later this summer, but the job hasn't been easy, by any means. A preserved fetus discovered in storage at a local museum is the subject of a spirited debate over what should be done with it. Cal Am is ready to start picking contractors for the new desal plant. And my editorial offers a brief lesson in human nature and war, and what whales would surely have to say about it.

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