Supervisor Brooks Firestone has floated a plan to preserve 43 acres of Gaviota land between El Capitan State Park and the Gaviota Tunnel by designating it cemetery land. Noting that 11 of the 43 acres are zoned for highway commercial uses, Firestone asserted the land would constitute a significant sore thumb on an otherwise open coastline. Since none of the groups currently fundraising to preserve Gaviota have the $3 million needed to buy the land, Firestone suggested to Craig Geyer – whom he recently appointed chair of the Goleta Cemetery District – that the district do it. Geyer, who noted the district could run out of plot land in about 40 years, said he’d bring the matter to the board for discussion.
Originally published 12:00 p.m., March 9, 2006
Updated 2:10 p.m., March 16, 2006
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