••• Noozhawk looks into why the Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore Santa Barbara—ugh, that name—has yet to reopen, but it comes up empty-handed, beyond “there are rumors that layoff notices have gone out to some employees.”
••• “The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office reported that the Montecito home belonging to Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi was burglarized on the Fourth of July. Deputies said the home appears to have been targeted because of the owners’ celebrity status. The Sheriff’s Office described the items that were stolen as high-value jewelry and watches.” I don’t mean this unsympathetically—being burglarized definitely leaves you feeling violated and vulnerable—but perhaps Degeneres’s well-known watch-collecting habit was as much a factor as the couple’s fame. —KEYT
••• Chris Goldblatt “founded the Fish Reef Project, with the mission to turn empty seafloor into thriving marine ecosystems again by implementing manufactured fish reefs. His goal for California is what he calls a ‘simple solution’—a two-acre pilot reef in the middle of Goleta Bay made from natural rock. ‘The kelp beds off Santa Barbara are for the most part gone,’ Mr. Goldblatt told the News-Press. ‘El Niño scoured the bottom, and there’s no recharging of the system. You just don’t have any material for the kelp to attach to.’ The project isn’t just focused in Goleta Bay. Mr. Goldblatt has reef projects in Papua New Guinea, Jamaica, Africa and Hawaii too.”
••• “With the submission of a navigation risk assessment to the Army Corps of Engineers, the Ventura Shellfish Enterprise is one step closer to bringing aquaculture to the Santa Barbara Channel. The effort has been in the works since 2017 to establish permits for fishing interests to lease 2,000 acres of water off the Ventura coast.” —Pacific Coast Business Times
••• “Paso Market Walk, a 16,000-square-foot mixed-use development at 1803 Spring St. in Paso Robles, is opening for outdoor dining and curbside pickup on Aug. 1. The Market Walk features an upscale restaurant built into a restored Victorian residence, as well as The Lofts at Paso Market Walk, which has six short-stay suites (including two studios, two one-bedrooms and two two-bedrooms). The soon-to-open development also has a dozen other commercial tenants, many of them with spaces in a public market, where restaurants and food counters share a common dining space.” —Pacific Coast Business Times
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