Give them their right to build

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    Having parents living in Carmel, Calif., my wife and I find ourselves visiting that area frequently. We, in Malibu, almost had a small beginning of our own quaint Carmel-style European “village lane.” The approved plans and grading that began on the “Beaurivage Village” of Daniel and Luciana Forge in 1991 stopped and has never been able to resume.

    They began with the demolition of a two-bedroom house on their property followed by the initial grading. Heavy rains that winter postponed the grading shortly after the work had begun, and the City of Malibu was incorporated, placing a moratorium on commercial building. Opposition to this project still exists today and is in full force from the Santa Monica Mountains Task Force, Sierra Club Angeles Chapter, with Dave Brown the Conservation chair.

    I am certainly concerned with protecting our natural environment, hoping that preservation has a legitimate motive. Solstice Creek runs through their property before it spills out onto the ocean. This creek is something that the Forges want to preserve as well, maintaining the integrity and beauty that nature has provided as it appears today. Recent construction up the creek on the public park property had heavy equipment disrupting the land at the edge of the creek as well as in the creek bed. Trees were also removed in this area.

    The reintroduction of the steelhead trout to Solstice Creek is an environmental goal. All said and done to the tune of an estimated $5,666.66 per fish. I don’t know how we justify our tax dollars at almost $6,000 a trout without a thorough environmental impact report based on the current parkland construction that has transpired.

    The present stipulation that the Forges contribute a significant financial amount for a traffic signal at the Pacific Coast Highway and Corral Canyon Road intersection seems unfair. The adjacent Solstice Canyon State Park, also accessed by Corral Canyon Road, is currently constructing an amphitheater and restroom facilities requiring many septic tanks. It appears that a much higher volume of traffic is anticipated to the state park rather than to the 28- or 32-room Forge Lodge accommodations.

    On Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m., in the Hughes Laboratories Auditorium is the rescheduled special meeting for the Forge Lodge final hearing. I would like to encourage anyone who has an interest in our rights of “our land of the free” to attend this meeting in support of the Forges’ right to build.

    Frank D. Lawrie