Mark McDermott

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Coastal Commission

considers downtown plan

The California Coastal Commision, meeting this Thursday at the Redondo Beach Main Library, will consider the Downtown Specific Plan adopted by City Council more than two years ago. Commission staff last month sent a list of 27 recommended changes to the plan, which is intended to protect the small town feel of the city’s downtown district, many of them centered on increasing visitor use and access.

“The magnitude of what they are asking us to do isn’t a simple change to the text,” said Anne McIntosh, the city’s Community Development director. “They are asking for whole additional policies before the approval of the Specific Plan.”

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The meeting begins at 9 a.m. The library is located at 303 N. PCH in Redondo.

Bite at the Beach
The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 5th Annual Bite at the Beach, featuring 25 local restaurants and 25 breweries and wineries, Saturday, Aug. 11 from 3 to 6 p.m. at MBS Media Campus (1600 Rosecrans Ave.). Tickets are $45 general admission, $65 VIP. See ManhattanBeachChamber.com for more information.

Roundhouse update

The City Council Tuesday night received an update on the Roundhouse Aquarium construction project. A change order in the windows —  originally intended to be fiberglass — caused a two-month delay, Public Works director Stephanie Katsouleas told council. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of September, and reintroduction of marine life will take a month, she said.

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