By Glen Thompson
December 15, 2010
First, Coast Guard Beach is NOT publicly owned. It is owned by the Mental Health Trust, they simply allow the public to use it without objection.
Second, AMHT can only develop its property in accordance with local zoning, which in this case is Public Lands and Institutions. Therefore, they can build a park, a school, a prison, and like facilities but cannot build private residential housing or subdivide without a change in zoning. This will require the acquiescense of the local government (Planning Commission and Assembly) due to the change in character of use.
What the community has desired all along is a reasonable use of the property that will preserve public access to the beach, allow AMHT to develop the property and keep the character of the neighborhood intact. These are competing uses and thus the controversy.
About: "Former Assemblymember and 20+ year resident"
Received December 14, 2010 - Published December 15, 2010
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