A preview of the July 9, 2021, edition
        of The Carmel Pine Cone

July 9 - 15, 2021

Dear Readers,

With problems like too many tourists and increased fire danger, Big Sur needs new laws to address them, residents say. But will the coastal commission go along? Chris Counts reports.

Coronavirus cases in Monterey County have increased a little, but health department director Dr. Edward Moreno says he sees no indications of a surge. Mary Schley has that one.

Icky balls of tar have once again started washing up on Carmel-area beaches. Where are they coming from? Mary Schley has that story, too.

A downtown accident involving an out-of-control SUV, several cars and a bicyclist Friday morning could have been a lot worse. Bixby Bridge will be closed overnight for three weeks for repairs to its concrete and rebar. The city council has approved a new mail delivery contract that could result in sharply higher rates. The coastal commission says it’s still waiting for answers from Cal Am before it makes up its mind about the desal plant. Two Monterey County tow truck operators engaged in a “predatory towing scheme,” the D.A. says. The city has hired a law firm to help it deal with plans for cell phone antennas in town. Fines for breaking the city’s permit rules have been increased sharply, but a new committee will help forestall problems with development plans early on. Former city hall employee Deanna Allen has been put on probation for embezzlement and falsifying records. Laguna Seca will be welcoming back fans with back-to-back race weekends. The Ryan Ranch disc golf course may be reopening soon. A fundraising barbecue at the River Inn is in the works for Rachael Short. Carmel’s art walk returns this weekend after a long Covid absence. Dennis Taylor recounts the history of Santa Catalina’s glory days on the volleyball court. Neal Hotelling explains why some local neighborhoods have meandering streets (hint: it has something to do with Yosemite National Park). We have a special section for you, “Staycation,” full of ideas for non-traditional summer activities. And my editorial says it’s been disproved once and for all that, despite what it’s mayor may say, Marina is not a bad place to live.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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