The Lack of Sand at Local Beaches

••• KEYT on the dearth of sand at local beaches (including Hendry’s Beach, above), due to “a storm surge at the same time of an astronomical high tide [….] Long timers say, be patient, the beaches will come back, in part because of the normal cycle, and also because debris basin sediment is getting trucked to Goleta Beach. Richard Payne was on a dog walk and said, ‘the stuff that they are putting up in Goleta is going to come south this way and refill all this stuff.’ The rest will be left up the currents.”

••• “The Santa Barbara County Planning Commission unanimously approved a cannabis dispensary conditional use permit Wednesday, which will be located at 4235 State St. [two buildings west of the Dutch Garden] as one of the six county-permitted dispensaries. […] The Sunstone Cannabis Market, set to open in early 2024, will be an expansion of the Sunstone brand that includes Sunstone Winery in the Santa Ynez Valley.” —Noozhawk

••• Even the California Coastal Commission thinks that Santa Barbara County’s ill-conceived cannabis ordinance needs to be revisited, reports Newsmakers. As long as voters keep reelecting the same people who created it, however, nothing is likely to change.

••• County supervisor Steve Lavagnino said he won’t run for reelection once his current term expires. —John Palminteri

••• A profile of “G and Ry Roslie’s Slo Curio Studio + Gallery, a cool new art studio in a funky live/work neighborhood on Santa Barbara’s Eastside. G is a Korean American artist/maker who uses naturally dyed textiles to create abstract modern pieces that reflect the world around us. Ry is an assemblage artist who uses primarily recycled materials to create functional light fixtures that are true works of art.” Right: G’s “View from Mesa Lane.” —Independent

••• “Homeowners in Santa Barbara soon can build slightly larger and taller accessory dwelling units, the City Council decided this week. State Street commercial property owners also will be able to build an accessory dwelling unit on the second floor of their properties, as long as they already have a primary residential unit or propose to build one. The changes are part of a suite of revisions spurred partially by state law and local needs.” —Noozhawk

••• “Construction set to start later this year on Goleta Train Depot Project. […] A project to build a major new train depot in Santa Barbara County has received a huge state grant. […] The Goleta Train Depot will be a state of the art facility which will link train, bus, bicycle, and pedestrian passengers. It will be built next to the existing Amtrak platform on South La Patera Lane.” —KCLU


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