In a ruling hailed as a great victory for property rights advocates, a state appeals court unanimously allowed a San Luis Obispo man to build his dream 10,000-square-foot mansion in Harmony. The decision came as a blow to the California Coastal Commission (CCC), which had tried to block the proposed development on the grounds that it would impede views of the land from people at sea. Arguing that such views were worthy of protection, the CCC recommended cutting the square footage of the house in half. Had the commission prevailed in this case, the ruling might have had significant impact on the large-scale Naples development proposed along the Gaviota Coast.

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