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Santa Barbara’s El Encanto leads new wave of luxury hotels

By   /  Friday, December 21st, 2012  /  Columns, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara’s El Encanto leads new wave of luxury hotels

The South Coast quietly ushered in a new era of luxury hotel construction on Dec. 18 when Orient-Express took the wraps off the rebuilt and remodeled El Encanto, a once-faded gem located on Santa Barbara’s Riviera. With a few dozen media types, movers and shakers, and Mayor Helene Schneider looking on, Orient-Express Regional Managing Director Read More →

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The bulldozers are coming: Derelict Miramar cottages to be leveled in December

By   /  Friday, November 30th, 2012  /  Features, Real Estate, Tourism  /  Comments Off on The bulldozers are coming: Derelict Miramar cottages to be leveled in December

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Editorial: Moving dirt on Miramar should be top priority

By   /  Friday, June 29th, 2012  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Moving dirt on Miramar should be top priority

Santa Barbara County’s Board of Supervisors has narrowly approved a new tax rebate for hotel mega-projects. Now it will be up to Los Angeles developer Rick Caruso to walk the walk and start moving dirt at the much debated, long-delayed Miramar Hotel and Cottages in Montecito. And it will be up to the Board of Read More →

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County: Wage rules apply to hotel rebate

By   /  Friday, May 11th, 2012  /  Law, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tourism  /  2 Comments

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Caruso’s tourism tax break could sidestep prevailing wage laws

By   /  Friday, April 13th, 2012  /  Columns, Law  /  Comments Off on Caruso’s tourism tax break could sidestep prevailing wage laws

The L.A. builder might avoid the prospect of having to pay high-ticket wages while revamping the Miramar.

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Editorial: Hotel tax break puts politics ahead of policy

By   /  Friday, March 9th, 2012  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Hotel tax break puts politics ahead of policy

The proposed decade-long bed-tax rebate is loaded with unintended consequences.

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$15M tax break might jump start Miramar

By   /  Friday, March 9th, 2012  /  Top Stories  /  2 Comments

Los Angeles-based Caruso Affiliated is one step closer to breaking ground on Miramar Beach Resort & Bungalows in Montecito after the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted to move forward on an ordinance that would give hotel developers a 10-year tourism tax break. Rick Caruso’s development company, which is at the helm of the Read More →

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