Off-Leash Public Affairs, episode 024
Few people know or appreciate that the park-like, lush lawn area in front of Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort (DoubleTree Hotel) actually is publicly accessible open space land along Cabrillo Bl. at East Beach in Santa Barbara. The hotel cannot exclude people from passive recreation and picnicking there, as a legal condition of approval from when the hotel project was planned 1979-1981 and approved by the City and California Coastal Commission.
__This history and the joys of the public open space are explained by David Stone, the Founder and Visionary of Take Back The Park, an annual event celebrated by him and 50 friends there one afternoon each July since 1987. This video was recorded from Take Back The Park XX (held 07 July 2007), with additional recording from the June 2008 interview with Dave Davis, the Santa Barbara City Planner for the hotel project at the time.
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