Ms. Bonnie Neely, Chair
California Coastal Commission
Central Coast District Office
725 Front Street, Suite 300
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4508
RE: Approve the Monterey Bay Shores Ecoresort: Making a Difference
Dear Madam Chair and Commissioners:
It is my pleasure to write a letter of support for the Monterey Bay Shores Ecoresort planned on the coast of the Monterey Peninsula. This proposal demonstrates how one can make a difference by utilizing visionary and sustainable design approach and applying it to a development. The ecological and sustainable features of the Ecoresort are very impressive, as are the minimal environmental impacts and protection of coastal resources. Look at the habitat and dune restoration features, the creation of new habitat for the western snowy plover. Or, the water conservation features which are cutting edge. At a time of scarce water resources, that is a very welcome change. I am particularly impressed with the design that "fits" into the dunes and protects viewshed from Highway 1 and across the Monterey Bay in Monterey and Pacific Grove. Most importantly, we need beach and public access for the public as well as more visitor serving accommodations. That is great!
The Stewardship that the development team has demonstrated exceeds the standards of the Coastal Act and is a welcome change to the traditional type of design. By incorporating the precious "five elements" of planet earth, earth, water, air, sun and energy, this proposal rises above all others, it sets a threshold, and makes a difference. It also provides up to 500 Green Jobs that President elect Obama is encouraging us to create. Let's join his efforts. This is our future!
The Monterey Bay Shores Ecoresort deserves an expedient approval, as proposed, of the Coastal Development Permit.
cc. Dr. Charles Lester & Dan Carl, Central Coast District Office,