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Montecito poised to decide on a modern version of Miramar Hotel
Montecito poised to decide on a modern version of Miramar Hotel

When Michael Chenoweth was growing up in Pasadena, his parents would load him and his four younger siblings into the car and head north on Highway 101 to spend long weekends at the Miramar Hotel. The kids would frolic in the surf, tease the sharp-eyed French lifeguard named Jacques and swim out to the floating deck bobbing in the sea. At night, they would gather for dinner at the beachfront restaurant and on the Fourth of July watch fireworks scatter glitter across the dark sky. Time spent at the Miramar was magical for Chenoweth, now 45 and with children of his own, as they were for generations of Californians whose families traveled annually to the storied hotel and its blue-roof...

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