December 5, 2013
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By Stephanie Denton
Here are my notes from the Ocean Beach Planning Board Meeting – Wed., Dec. 4th.
The planning board meeting opened up with a modification to the agenda bringing the CVS Pharmacy ABC License Type 21 to being the first of action Items to be addressed tonight. The CVS representatives presented their Proposed OB Community Benefits Package which was created by meetings between CVS and members of the Town Council and Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association.
Gretchen Kinney Newsom president of the Ocean Beach Town Council spoke as the floor was open to the public and reported to the Planning Board that CVS has cooperated with all of the OB Town Council’s requests and that she now supports CVS coming into the neighborhood.
CVS has vowed on their word that they will follow through with the proposals in the OB Community Benefits Package.
CVS vows in their Community Benefits Package to a variety of Alcohol Security Measures, 2 of which were modified by the board. It was clarified that there will be no bottles of liquor less than 755ml for sale. In support of local brewery’s who largely sell 22oz bottles of their product, CVS will allow the sale of these although single beers will not be sold otherwise.
December 4, 2013
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By Matthew Wood
It’s officially the holiday season in Ocean Beach: The OB Christmas tree has been planted in the sand.
The 60-foot-or-so star pine was cut down Tuesday morning from the yard of the Kuhn family at 4879 Coronado Ave. and transported with much fanfare to its spot near the boardwalk just off Newport Avenue and Abbott Street.
“Whenever we do a tree, we want to find one that can be donated,” said OB Town Council president Gretchen Newsom, who said the tree’s roots were coming into the house and it needed to be cut down anyway.
“It was identified as already needing to come down. We try and go local first, but we’re not interested in just cutting down a tree.”
Even though it traveled just a few blocks, it was quite a journey. Crews came out around 8 a.m. on Tuesday and spent nearly three hours taking the tree down and putting on the back of a 48-foot trailer for the ceremonial ride through OB.
The first snag came at Cable and Del Monte, when a few branches had to be sacrificed in order for it to make the left turn.