A preview of the March 31, 2017,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

March 31 - April 6, 2017

Dear Readers,

When the Panetta Institute brought its respected lecture series to Sunset Center during the renovation of the Monterey Conference Center, the whole town seemed to be pleased. But two years in, it turns out there was never any agreement with city hall about security costs, which means the institute is suddenly facing a very big bill. Mary Schley reports. 

Danger on the water: A 9-year-old boy tragically drowned at Monastery Beach Tuesday while playing at the surf line, while on Monterey Bay a few days earlier, a kayaker was attacked by what was said to be a great white shark. Mary Schley and Chris Counts have those stories. 

Two weeks ago, when the city council decided not to loosen the rules governing counter service in the city's restaurants, the move was seen as a possible threat to the existence of Carmel Belle. But is that really true? Mary Schley has that one.

The library's park branch will be closed for several months for painting and carpeting upgrades. Monterey County has more women serving on the bench than men. What does that mean for the way the county's trials and other court hearings are conducted? One of the Monterey Peninsula's most distinguished former residents has passed away at the age of 89. In Big Sur, a jade hunter had to be rescued Thursday after a "large boulder" rolled onto her leg. Also, a footpath around the closed Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge is now available during daylight hours. A jury has convicted a Fresno man for robbing a Highway 1 gas station and store last summer during the worst of the Soberanes Fire. We have a special section for you featuring some of our community's most successful Women in Business. And my editorial explains why, despite their concerns over the future of their restaurant, the owners of Carmel Belle have a lot to be grateful for -- even where city zoning laws are concerned.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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