Redondo Beach Waterfront Revitalization
No sooner had the Redondo Beach City Council approved the CenterCal EIR than a new impediment (depending on which side of this you are on) has developed. Here's the latest twist.
Groups including Rescue Our Waterfront, Building a Better Redondo and the South Bay Parkland Conservancy announced the filing of a lawsuit against the City of Redondo Beach over the approval of the Final Environmental Impact Report of CenterCal Properties Waterfront.
The groups believe that the FEIR as approved by the City violated the California Environmental Quality Act, the California Coastal Act and local coastal zoning. On top of that they allege that the proposed boat ramp facility proposed for Mole B is inherently dangerous. This is likely to be part of an ongoing battle of this crucial initiative.
For the sake of a brief discussion, lets assume that all parties are sincere in their positions and have some valid points and let's look for some common ground.
- For example, can anyone make a case that this prime stretch of ocean front real estate is being put to its best and highest use?
- Can we create a better presentation on the Redondo Beach Waterfront and one that can drive revenues into the City?
Many people Redondo Beach residents would prefer a revitalized waterfront that is a destination for fun and relaxing. And even if the immediate Pier vicinity becomes more crowded there will always be the option for keeping the status quo just a little further south down the coast.
So let's get past just disagreeing 'bout stuff and get something done.
Shade Hotel Redondo Beach Opening
On a somewhat related note, after many delays the Shade Hotel Grand Opening is now set for November 18th and will be a welcome addition to the waterfront.
There will be 54 rooms, a rooftop pool, meetings, and restaurants.