Stories to keep an eye on for 2013 [corrected]

Developments, lawsuits, fireworks and, of course, surfing are on the horizon for the new year.

January 02, 2013|By Alicia Lopez

Poseidon Desalination Project

We will keep a close watch on Poseidon's plans and update the community on its permit request from the California Coastal Commission and any movement made toward the desalinization project.

An earlier version of this story erroneously referred to the Poseidon Desalination Project as the Poseidon Recycling Project.

The idea for the plant is to convert seawater into drinkable water to provide a steady supply for Orange County with the aim of producing 50 million gallons of drinkable water a day for Orange County.


Not everyone is happy about the project. Some worry about the marine life in the area and some worry about the cost to taxpayers.

But as of now, things are moving in the right direction for the company, which just completed financing issues for its Carlsbad Desalination Project, and if the state commission approves its request permit, they are hoping to have the plant complete by 2017.


Pacific City

All eyes will be on the hole. Pacific City is supposed to move forward with development plans for the downtown site.

DJM Capital Partners announced in late November that it purchased about 11 acres of the vacant 31-acre site designated for the Pacific City project.

Pacific City seeks to bring 516 residential units, shops, restaurants and an eight-story hotel to the site on Pacific Coast Highway between First and Huntington streets. Crescent Heights, a Florida-based development company, sold the land to Santa Barbara-based DJM and owns the remaining 20 acres.

DJM plans to turn 6.5 acres of the land into an outdoor shopping center and 4 acres into an eight-story hotel.

The plan is to get designs approved in January and open in 2015.



What kind of sparks will go off this year should the council decide to permanently lift the fireworks ban remains to be seen.

This will be the second July that Huntington Beach will allow "safe and sane" fireworks as part of a two-year trial.

Last July — after the holiday — the council tried to get a permanent lift of the ban on the ballot, but ultimately voted 4 to 3 to leave things as they are.

With residents complaining of "war zone" like neighborhoods and delayed response from police on the Fourth, it doesn't seem likely the holiday will go smoothly for everyone. But others want the sales allowed for the purpose of fundraising and the general spirit of the holiday.

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