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After nine years of grassroots efforts, Heal the Ocean's plan to convert homes on the world-famous Rincon Point from septic tanks to a sewer system in the name of better water quality seemed poised to become a reality this fall after a majority of homeowners approved the plan. Closely scrutinized by a gaggle of lawyers, the vote sanctioned by the Carpinteria Sanitary District officials (pictured above) is currently in limbo as legal jockeying continues to run rampant, guaranteeing that the issue will see at least a 10th year of fierce public debate in 2008.

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