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Settlement with neighbor clears way for Paraiso Springs resort project in south Monterey County.

Asaf Shalev of the Monterey County Weekly

The location of the proposed Paraiso Springs project, in the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains near Soledad. c/o Google Earth After 15 years, the last remaining challenge to a proposal to build a massive resort in South Monterey County was a neighbor of a project who sued the developer and asked the County Board of Supervisors to reverse its approval. But on Jan. 27, the night before the board was set to decide on the Paraiso Springs resort project, Cynthia Pura suddenly withdrew her appeal.

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Only 20 minutes by car west of Arroyo Seco.

Pura and the developer, Thompson Holdings LLC, reached a last-minute settlement, according to Mike Novo, a county planner handling the project. The terms of the agreement remain unknown as attorneys for both sides did respond to requests for comment.

The site of the project at the foothill of the Santa Lucia range near Soledad hosted a historic resort which shut down in 2003 after decades if disrepair due to fire and floods. The resort will include about 180 units with extensive amenities for tourism, with the hope that the site’s natural hot springs and surrounding wine country will attract visitors. Political and business leaders in South County see the resort as a potential economic engine for an area with limited employment opportunities. The Monterey County Planning Commission approved the project unanimously in October 2019.

2018 AMGEN tour of California
passing through Arroyo Seco
2018 Arroyo Seco Duck Race Fest

Video provided by Alex Rauber:

One minute after the start of the race.

The leaders nearing the Arroyo Seco Rd. & Carmel valley Rd. intersection.

Photo by Luke Dietz.

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2018 Funeral of Bruce Dodson

The Arroyo Seco Fire Department in their dress uniforms prepares to participate in the funeral of Bruce Dodson, a beloved and well respected member of the SoMoCo Board of Directors.  


From left to right (Fire Chief, Dawne Funkey, fireman Daniel Dietz and new recruits Kyle Barnett and Les Millard)

ASCA Community Center
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