What to do with the property formerly a power plant in Morro Bay? Everyone I have spoken to says “please keep the stacks!” They are a true Morro Bay landmark. Then what to do with the property?
Well, since the bay and estuary are true natural features, why can’t we establish a research center, using the old power plant property as the base of operations? It seems rather a common feature in other coastal locations, such as Newport, Ore., or Monterey. I am sure there are others. The employment this could bring to our region would be a positive, and since research is a technical function, the salaries would be “head of household” ranged.
We would have a better chance at maintaining that which we all came to the coast for in the first place: a small-town atmosphere with youth to invigorate the rest of the population. Given what has happened to Silicon Valley (where I formerly worked) or San Francisco due to rapid, virtually uncontrolled growth, traffic and property values are out of hand.
Out natural resources are a true wonder, and we should do everything necessary to maintain, protect, and understand them. Surely a foundation or educational institute could see the value and desire to become involved in a Morro Bay Regional Research Institute. MBRRI has a nice ring to it!
-- George Robertson - Morro Bay