Many of our local Carpinteria businesses have been forced to close their doors due to Covid-19. This leaves a few empty buildings on Linden Avenue, which is our main thoroughfare for tourists, and a way to collect taxes to keep our mom-and-pop shops going.
The proposed Surfliner Inn would help bring back tax money for the city. It is not too big for our town, it’s only 40 rooms. It would take up only half of the train station parking lot, and those lost parking spots would be replaced, plus 31 more. The most important aspect to point out is that the families proposing this project are local. They know the importance of keeping Carpinteria the quaint little beach town that we all love.
Please go to the Surfliner Inn website and look at the plans. Speak with the families that are proposing this and make sure you get all of the facts before striking it down. We need to keep Carpinteria local. We need business and tourist tax dollars to put shops back in the empty buildings, and not leave them for only the LA area developers to afford. Let’s not let fear make our decisions, but learn about this proposal first, and above all, keep an open mind.