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Recount Lets Hotel Site Be Sold

A recount of a Hermosa Beach ballot measure has confirmed initial election results, giving the city the go-ahead to sell off the site of the former Biltmore Hotel for condominiums and commercial space.

Parker Herriott, an activist who has been fighting for years to turn the property--four-fifths of an acre at 15th Street and The Strand--into a park, paid $625 for the recount of Proposition H.

The retabulation Dec. 6 by the county Registrar-Recorder’s Office failed to overturn the proposition’s 40-vote margin of victory, enabling the city to sell the beachfront land to developers and use the millions of dollars in proceeds to buy open space elsewhere in the city.

Herriott sponsored a competing ballot initiative, Proposition G, which lost by 605 votes last month. That measure would have reserved the land for a park. Herriott said this week that he plans to continue his fight against development on the site by sponsoring another ballot initiative that would overturn the results of Proposition H.

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