Law Suit Claims Sunset Cliff Hotel’s Terrace On Public Property

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By Nathan Max / SignOnSanDiego / January 31, 2011

SUNSET CLIFFS — It would be difficult to find a more romantic setting to get married.  Ocean waves crash against the rocks directly below a white, picket fence. A concrete back patio overlooks the water. There is a panoramic view that goes on for miles on a clear day.

It is all part of the wedding package at the Inn at Sunset Cliffs, a tiny hotel on the San Diego coast. There’s just one problem, according to an environmental group. The terrace, they say, was illegally built on a sea wall that is public property.  Now, the issue is going to court.

Encouraged by local residents and surfers, the Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation has filed suit in San Diego County Superior Court against the hotel. The lawsuit is still in its initial stages and a trial date has not been set, according to Rory Wicks, an attorney representing the Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation.

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Robert Burns February 1, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Should it be helpful, I have the entire administrative record from the California Coastal Commission relating to the Sunset Cliffs Erosion-Control Blufftop-Republicans-Stabilization Boondoggle. I was not too interested in the niceties of who got to stand on the ocean’s tomb when such major issues were then at stake. While at it, the C.E.R.F. may want to look at the City’s miserable and chronic defaults on accessways along the cliffs, e.g., the loss of railings, sidewalks, and “raised beaches” long gone. Namaste


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