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Adieu, DR. RICH!
Rich Simons | Upper East 11th

Every month for several years, Rich Simons has answered readers’ most perplexing questions. But now that Del Mar is entering a sort of “nirvana” period, it seems unlikely that anyone will ever be perplexed again. So this would seem to be a good time for Dr. Rich to go on sabbatical. Right after this last piece!

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Q: There seems to be a lot of chatter around town about “short term rentals.” It seems that some people are advocating for them, and some not. How short is short and what difference does it make? What does it all mean? – t.s.

A: What I think it means is that the founder of our village, Col. Jacob Taylor, wherever he may be, is smiling. And why? Because his grand vision for Del Mar is about to be realized at long last. And what was that vision? Can there be any doubt? – The first thing he did was to build a huge HOTEL! Plus a couple of cute little cottages to be rented out to families. Clearly, he intended that our hillside-village-by-the-sea should be a community of houses both large and small, available for families of all sizes.

Now more and more of our home owners are finally beginning to understand the Col.’s vision and are beginning to implement it, offering their homes for lease or rent to families (or individuals) wishing to breathe in the ocean air or dip their toes in the water. (In this connection there is considerable interest in rebuilding the steps at 10th street, as well as the “natatorium” at its base, where people can bathe without fear of sharks.)

Unfortunately some of our home owners didn’t understand this vision when they bought their properties. That accounts for the “chatter” you referred to. I’m sure it will soon die down to a mere whisper.
And there you have it, dear reader. Our village is at rest. God’s in his heaven and all’s right with the world. We can be mighty proud of the events in our backyard: 1) what is very possibly the largest gun sale event in California; 2) the loudest music event; and soon to come 3) the guaranteed largest pot-smoking event ever!

And finally there is the crown jewel: our downtown area that is virtually unchanged since 1974. This is a huge magnet for families wishing to show their kids how people used to live back then. We should never forget that.



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