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Goodland Hotel in Goleta sold for $41 million

By   /  Thursday, October 1st, 2015  /  Latest news, Real Estate, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Goodland Hotel in Goleta sold for $41 million

The Goodland Hotel in Goleta was sold to KHP Capital Partners for $40.9 million in September, property records show. The 158-room lodge was developed by Makar Properties, a privately owned real estate development company based in Newport Beach. Makar acquired the former Holiday Inn in June 2013 for $24 million and opened as The Goodland in Read More →

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Vintner uncorks his best in second Santa Barbara venture

By   /  Friday, September 18th, 2015  /  Columns, Small Business, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Vintner uncorks his best in second Santa Barbara venture

  Synergy convinced David Potter to locate his second Santa Barbara wine venture at The Mill, a newly renovated 1904 building that has been converted into an artisan marketplace. Since 2007, Potter has owned Municipal Winemakers, whose no-frills tasting room in the city’s Funk Zone offers his everyday-priced wines. His new brand, named Potek after Read More →

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3 months after oil spill, Santa Barbara region recovering

By   /  Friday, August 14th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on 3 months after oil spill, Santa Barbara region recovering

  Even though Plains All American Pipeline underestimated the extent of the Refugio oil spill, Santa Barbara businesses and residents are feeling less of a sting than expected since the rupture fouled the Gaviota coastline and its wildlife about three months ago. Plains, the Houston-based oil company responsible for the spill, said in a quarterly Read More →

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Tri-county cities test limits of home sharing

By   /  Friday, August 7th, 2015  /  Latest news, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Tri-county cities test limits of home sharing

As peer-to-peer rental services like Airbnb grow, cities throughout the tri-county region have struggled to adjust to the increasingly popular trend. Just as Netflix revolutionized TV and Uber changed transportation, home-sharing sites like Airbnb are transforming the tourism industry. Travelers can stay longer and spend more money because of cheaper lodging options. Businesses get more Read More →

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Santa Barbara may add legal muscle for claims against oil spill pipeline operator

By   /  Thursday, July 16th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara may add legal muscle for claims against oil spill pipeline operator

The city of Santa Barbara is looking to add some legal muscle as battle lines are drawn against its behemoth foe, Plains All American Pipeline. City Attorney Ariel Calonne, in a statement released July 16, is recommending that the Santa Barbara City Council retain special legal counsel to assist as co-counsel in preparing and pursuing Read More →

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Refugio State Beach to reopen July 17

By   /  Friday, July 10th, 2015  /  Latest news, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Refugio State Beach to reopen July 17

Refugio State Beach, which was closed after an oil spill May 19, has been cleared by California State Parks to reopen at noon July 17. Officials completed a site assessment of the state beach and deemed it safe for the public. All recreational activities will resume, including swimming, camping and fishing. Non-state park areas to Read More →

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‘Making things right’ after Refugio oil spill more than lip service

By   /  Friday, July 3rd, 2015  /  Central Coast, Editorials, Energy, Opinion, South Coast, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on ‘Making things right’ after Refugio oil spill more than lip service

Plains All American Pipeline, the Houston-based company responsible for the oil spill near Refugio Beach on May 19, should stop the bullshit. Plains’ aversion to providing honest answers about the spill was on full display June 26 at a joint oversight hearing by the Assembly Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Select Committee on the Read More →

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