After a contentious Dec. 30 special meeting ended with a lot of hurt feelings and little resolution, Grover Beach is now facing two separate problems regarding its long awaited Lodge and Conference Center project.
According to City Manager Bob Perrault, the City Council will reconsider its approval of the lodge permit during its Jan. 21 meeting. Perrault said two issues forced this reconsideration.
Namely, the city deliberately failed to file a notice of completion with the Coastal Commission on time, largely because leaders were still discussing an anti-seawall provision in the lodge development plan.
The council had unanimously approved the permit during its Dec. 2 meeting last year, and Perrault said he was confident the council would approve the slightly amended permit on Jan. 21, and then file the notice.
In what Perrault said was a “separate issue,” the Friends of Oceano Dunes—an off-highway vehicle advocacy group—followed through on their threat to appeal the lodge project. The appeal was drafted on Dec. 23 and officially filed with the Coastal Commission on Jan. 2.
The appellant—Friends President Jim Suty, a San Jose resident—said he will attend the Jan. 21 meeting, adding that he hopes to work with the local community to solve the issues his organization has with the lodge project.
Suty said the council has “made it clear they’re standing by their decision” to remove Mayor Debbie Peterson from the SLO County Air Pollution Control District board, so his group will not “say any more on that issue.”