Excess Gaviota

A preliminary plan to sell off a portion of county-owned land along the Gaviota Coast took a baby step forward this week when the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to declare a small portion of the Baron Ranch surplus property. The county purchased the 1,092-acre avocado and cherimoya ranch for $7.5 million in 1990 as a buffer zone for the adjacent Tajiguas Landfill. But with $4.7 million still owed on the property and agricultural operations netting only about $93,000 annually, the board directed staff to seek potential surplus acreage on the property last May; a pre-existing 140-acre single residence lot was identified as the most feasible hunk. The supervisors plan to inspect the site in person and get public input before moving forward, most likely reviewing the matter again on March 21

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