A preview of the March 13, 2020,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

March 13 - 19, 2020

Dear Readers,

While the coronavirus hasn’t infected anybody in Monterey County yet, its effects are suddenly and dramatically being felt everywhere. Kelly Nix has an epic rundown of all the school closures, event cancellations, prevention efforts and emergency preparations underway from Sunset Center to CSUMB.

At least a dozen passengers from the infected cruise ship that docked in Oakland earlier this week are under quarantine at the Asilomar conference grounds in Pacific Grove. While most people are barely aware they’re there, not everyone who knows is happy about it. Kelly Nix and Chris Counts have that story.

One of the Monterey Peninsula’s most celebrated gourmands and restaurateurs, David Bernahl has declared bankruptcy in federal court, with details that read like a Charles Dickens novel. Kelly Nix has that story, too.

The city council passed an emergency declaration amid concerns people aren’t worried enough about the virus. The Carmel Foundation has closed all its buildings and called off all programs — even lunch. Even more limits have been imposed on Car Week events in town, and private parties may be next. If you’re looking for something fun to do, there are quite a few things that haven’t been cancelled. A “craft” winery has gotten the go-ahead to open on residential property in Carmel Valley. Demolition of two homes has been OK’d by the planning commission, but the decision about a third has been delayed. What passes for progress at The Pit on Dolores Street is the possibility of a new sidewalk. If you don’t want your children to play in the mud, don’t send them to a certain Big Sur school. Speaking of diversions, we have a colorful special section, “In Your Dreams,” full of stories about some of the Monterey Peninsula’s most colorful and interesting homes. And my editorial says if you’re looking for reason to be optimistic about the fight against the coronavirus, look no further than South Korea.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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