County Approves Zipline Project

Zipline project applicant Stu Gildred (left) at the County Board of Supervisors (July 19, 2016)
Paul Wellman

Facing dozens of people wearing “I Love Ziplines” T-shirts, the county supervisors green-lighted a zipline project in the Santa Ynez Valley on 7/19. After the project was approved by the Planning Commission in January, a neighbor quickly appealed, citing concerns about access to the site, as well as noise and environmental impacts. This week, project applicant Stuart Gildred pledged to give 80 disadvantaged kids per month a free ride. Prices otherwise are $110 for adults and $85 for kids. Supervisor Janet Wolf opposed the project, saying, “This is potentially setting a precedent in our ag land.”

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