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Lagoon Resort Gets OK

A controversial plan to build a resort hotel-restaurant on land bordering a coastal lagoon was approved by the Oceanside City Council Wednesday night. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us the project likel

Lagoon Resort Gets OK

A controversial plan to build a resort hotel-restaurant on land bordering a coastal lagoon was approved by the Oceanside City Council Wednesday night. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us the project likely faces another hurdle before construction starts.

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Before a standing-room only crowd, the Oceanside City Council gave the OK for the Coastal Lagoon Hotel project on a 3-to-2 vote. The 82-room hotel would be built on four acres west of the Coast Highway and alongside the Buena Vista Lagoon. Mark Massara is the Sierra Club's Director of Coastal Programs. He says the council made a bad decision.

<b> Massara: </b> We're terrifically disappointed. It's a lost opportunity for a critically important wetlands and estuary conservation efforts.

Massara says the decision will likely be overturned on appeal to the California Coastal Commission. Jim Bartell represents the property owner. He's confident the project will survive any future challenges.

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<b> Bartell: </b> Based on the fact that both the planning commission and the city council certified the environmental impact report.

Oceanside estimates the project would bring in $7 million in taxes over a 10-year period. Ed Joyce, KPBS News.