A preview of the July 14, 2017, edition
        of The Carmel Pine Cone

July 14 - 20, 2017

Dear Readers,

With wood fires directly on the sand at Carmel Beach a thing of the past, some residents are asking why their replacements — a handful of metal fire pits — can't be placed along the entire beach instead of just the south end. Mary Schley reports.

An early morning roundup of unwanted striped bass in the river lagoon netted 62 — all for the benefit of the river's native steelhead trout. But some steelhead advocates aren't pleased. Chris Counts has that one.

The campground proposed by state parks at the former shooting range at Fort Ord has been approved by the coastal commission despite opposition from a handful of activists. Kelly Nix has the details.

The city council has made it official: Glen Mozingo will be the new city attorney. And councilmembers seem very pleased with their selection. Mary Schley explains why.

A plan for a new condo on top of Cantinetta Luca restaurant has been enthusiastically received — except for its emergency staircase. A motorcyclist was killed Thursday in a very unfortunate accident on Carmel Valley Road. A Pebble Beach homeowner will get his new driveway, regardless of his neighbor's vehement objections. The sand plant in the Marina Dunes will soon be a thing of the past, thanks to an agreement between the state and the plant's owner. A trio of harbor seals are enjoying their newfound freedom in the waters off Pebble Beach. We have a special section for you about the 2017 Carmel Bach Festival, which gets under way this week and promises lots of surprises. And my editorial praises officials for having the sense to ignore all sorts of silly protests over the last week and approve one minor project and two badly needed ones.

As always, I invite you to send me any questions, comments or concerns about our newspaper, and to contact me if you need help making the most of it on your computer, smartphone or tablet.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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