Aliso Beach concessionaire Michael Weiss hoped to get California Coastal Commission approval of amenities for which he once thought he had permits.
Those hopes were dashed by a letter to Orange County Parks Director Mark Denny from the commission staff giving Denny until today to respond to the commission threats to take legal action to resolve the placement of storage containers on the sand and the removal of vegetation on the beach without official approval. The letter requested removal of the containers by July 16.
"I have been told that I cannot get a permit to have the containers on the sand," said Weiss, who was awarded the lease for the Sands Café and concession stand by the county. "I have driven along the coast from San Diego to Santa Barbara and I found many businesses that have containers on the sand, and my assumption is that they all have permits — so why can't I?"