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Mailbag: Village Entrance 'long overdue investment'

March 25, 2013

How many years does it take for a world renowned artist colony to build a Village Entrance? You know, that inviting reminder to tourists who support the very existence of its attraction and the revenue brought in to our town.

Neighboring communities such as Dana Point built a bridge that goes from an empty lot to a Denny's. Now Newport has one of those bridges that takes one no where also. Not to mention the millions of dollars Santa Ana invested in its art projects over the past five years.

This may inspire our leaders to take this project seriously for our tourists, our artists and our townspeople to maneuver easily, delight in all of our festivals, and give a little homage to the artists during summer's festival season and beyond.

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The artists who live here should be a constant reminder, yet it seems most of us are scrambling to make a living in one of the world's most expensive real estate markets. I think it's time to take this project seriously while we it's on the table again.

Let's come together for the arts and be at the meeting Tuesday and indeed support a long overdue investment into the future of our lovely livelihood.

What are we waiting for?

Karen Petty

Laguna Beach

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Chamber supports Pearson's Village Entrance plan

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased that the City Council is seriously considering a plan to move forward with the Village Entrance. As we all know, this project has been under scrutiny and review, multiple times over, for the past 18 years. It is exciting and encouraging to see this important city asset move forward.

The chamber is very supportive of the original concept that Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Pearson and Councilwoman Toni Iseman originally agreed upon. Although perhaps an interesting concept that we have not actually seen fully fleshed out, the chamber has concerns regarding Iseman's alternative for the following reasons:

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