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Del Mar forum presents pros and cons of Measure G

Posted at 11:34 PM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 15:26:27-05

DEL MAR, Calif. (KGTV) -- The City of Del Mar hosted a forum Thursday in which the ballot measure known as Measure G was discussed ahead of the March election.

Measure G would allow for the development of a luxury resort called Marisol on the bluffs along 3350 Camino Del Mar.

The Marisol site plan involves a 65-room hotel and 31 villas. It would also feature dining and cocktail lounges. Additionally, there is a plan to build 22 affordable housing units and 10 low-cost hotel rooms.

The proposal is an alternative to an approved plan to build gated estates on the property.

Many Del Mar residents support the plan because developers would also create public access to the beach below. Supporters also say the project would pump roughly $6 million to the city through a combination of transient occupancy taxes, sales taxes, and property taxes.

However, opponents argue that the development is too big and will bring too much traffic. They also raise environmental concerns and say that the beach below is already accessible.

Opponents also fear that if the measure passes, the city would have limited or no oversight over the development.

Supporters counter that argument, saying that the project would still be subject to the standard review process.