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Caruso wins approval for beachfront hotel on Montecito site
Caruso wins approval for beachfront hotel on Montecito site

The Montecito Planning Commission approved a plan Wednesday by Los Angeles shopping mall developer Rick Caruso to build a new, luxury version of the famed beachfront Miramar hotel that has been closed for more than a decade. The approval ends 15 years of wrangling over the site 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles as two previous owners tried unsuccessfully to rebuild the hotel as the site languished and became an eyesore in the wealthy community just south of Santa Barbara. The approval means Caruso could break ground this summer on the 170-room hotel off Highway 101, nearly 15 years after the original resort -- a vacation destination for California families for decades -- was shut. ...

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