A preview of the August 11, 2017,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

Aug. 11 - 17, 2017

Dear Readers,

You may have thought the controversy had been resolved, but is anything ever really? This week, when the city council met to review the highly restrictive new policy on beach fires, a dozen residents told the council fires need to be completely banned. Mary Schley reports. 

A baby sea otter rescued from Carmel Beach Wednesday morning was too ill to survive, aquarium officials said, leading to a very sad ending for the pup. Mary Schley has that one, too. 

Illegal campers nearly caused another wildfire in the Big Sur backcountry, but this time they were caught. Chris Counts has that story. 

Concours Week is here, and we have a special section for you full of wonderful features about the unique cars, the colorful participants, the myriad events, and the charities that benefit. Plus, on the front page, we have two stories about major development projects finished just in time for the big week to get under way.

Flanders Mansion was back on the city council agenda this week, in a session the mayor aptly described as "still beating a dead horse." Orphaned rhinos are getting a helping hand thanks to some locals' knitting and crocheting skills. The city is extending its crackdown on short-term rentals. Another condor chick has been born in the wild, and this one is especially important. I'd like to proudly note that The Pine Cone is the subject of a video profile released this week by the Columbia Journalism Review. You can learn what makes this newspaper different by watching the video here. And my editorial very helpfully explains to all the visitors for the car events why local real estate prices are so high.

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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