A preview of the July 31, 2015, edition
        of The Carmel Pine Cone

July 31 - August 6, 2015

Dear Readers,

There's a new garbage company in town, and most people seem happy with the promise of better service, but as bills arrive from GreenWaste, quite a few people are also shocked at what they're suddenly being charged. Mary Schley has the story.

The U.S. Postal Service has given Carmel P.D. the OK to start patrolling the post office lobby, which presumably means the end of cozy and undisturbed nights for the vagrants who've been sleeping there. Mary Schley has that one, too

Proposals from state parks for new facilities at local parklands are drawing heated opposition, especially from people who live nearby, and a state parks official has responded to some of the most popular objections. Chris Counts has the details.

Despite a recommendation from the city council, the planning commission decided no changes were warranted to the renovation of the Forest Theater. The much-despised paid-parking kiosks on Ocean Avenue are gone, and the two-hour limit has been restored, just like nothing ever happened. The ownership of a popular Ocean Avenue restaurant has been clarified — a little — even as another downtown restaurant is embroiled in a legal dispute. The county has weighed in on whether short-term rentals are allowed in Carmel Highlands and Big Sur. And my editorial says if you think there are too many tourists in the Monterey Peninsula this summer, wait a minute. 

Thank you for your interest in The Pine Cone. As always, I am available to respond to your questions, comments or concerns, and to offer advice about how best to read it on your computer, smartphone or iPad.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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