Hello Everyone,

Post Ranch Inn, Nepenthe, Phoenix Shop and Hawthorne Gallery reopening Thursday, April 20th.

Post Ranch, Nepenthe, Phoenix Shop and Hawthorne Gallery are all reopening on April 20th. We are all excited to reopen our businesses, and hope that the community will pass on this message to their friends. Post Ranch will be flying its guests by helicopter, flying to and from Del Monte Aviation, which is located at the Monterey Airport directly to Post Ranch along the coast. Post Ranch will only be open for breakfast and lunch for its in house guests, and dinner by reservation. Nepenthe will be open for lunch, dinner and cocktails. The Phoenix Shop and the Hawthorne Gallery will be open 7 days a week.*

We look forward to getting our employees back to work, and appreciate everything that CPOA and the community have done to get the trail built and support the business community and its employees.

* Presently, Highway 1 south of Pfeiffer Canyon is still closed to the general public so Nepenthe, Phoenix Shop and Hawthorne Gallery will be serving locals and customers of Post Ranch Inn. Highway 1 south of the Pfeiffer Canyon is expected to open to the public at the end of May and we’re looking forward to seeing everybody again.

Post Ranch Inn has posted a nice video promoting their helicopter service.
http://postranchinn.com/fly-to-big-sur/

Nepenthe/Phoenix Shop has an online store available. Also, the website camera has a view of the coastline.
http://nepenthebigsur.com

Hawthorne Gallery
http://www.hawthornegallery.com

Mike Freed on behalf of Post Ranch
Kirk Gafill on behalf of Nepenthe and Phoenix Shop
Greg Hawthorne on behalf of Hawthorne Gallery

Posted by: Stan Russell | April 19, 2017

Update from CPOA

Hello Everyone,

Now that the dust has settled to some degree, the Coast Property Owners Association would like to bring you up to date on developments that have been taking place during this latest community disaster and a look at what may develop soon.

As soon as it was known that the Bridge was condemned, a Unified Command system was instituted. The core community organizations at the center of this process were, and continue to be, the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade, the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce and the Big Sur Coast Property Owners Association. These three organizations immediately partnered up with Monterey County Office of Emergency Services along with other cooperating agencies including California State Parks, Cal Trans, Monterey County Sheriffs, California Highway Patrol, US Forest Service, as well as County Supervisor Mary Adams, Assembly Member Anna Cabellero, State Senator Bill Monning and US Congressman Jimmy Panetta and their highly capable, results oriented staffs.

It was this initial ad hoc group that coalesced to problem solve issues like the resupply of food for residents (estimated 450) trapped between Pfeiffer Canyon and Paul’s slide. It was also this group, in concert with Heather Lanier and Carissa Chappellet from Rancho Rico, that spearheaded the concept and implementation of a community trail on State Park property.

There are now ongoing efforts to establish a new normal on both sides of Pfeiffer Canyon.

At about the time the Community Trail was under construction a second group, the Big Sur Economic Recovery Taskforce, was formed by Supervisor Mary Adams. This group includes many of the same individuals and organizations populating the Unified Command as well members of the Monterey County Convention and Visitor Bureau, the Monterey County Hospitality Association and the Peninsula Chambers of Commerce. As implied by its title, the group’s focus is to work through obstacles to reestablish a robust tourism industry not only in Big Sur, but also throughout the Central Coast of California.

Currently, the group is focused on establishing parking solutions and alternate transportation modalities for visitors driving south from Carmel. Under discussion is parking to be developed at Molera Fire Camp, the Molera lower parking lot and around the ball field at Pfeiffer State Park. These locations would then act as loading zones for shuttle buses. To implement this strategy, a shuttle circulation plan between these points needs to be developed and a shuttle operator identified.

As part of the strategy for moving visitors, it has been suggested that local entrepreneurs may want to register themselves and their vehicles as UBER or Lyft transportation providers. One creative local has already taken steps to initiate an electric bicycle rental business.

Also under discussion is establishing a park and ride lot somewhere on the Peninsula (Marathon Flats, Rancho Canada) where employees could park and carpool and/or shuttle bus south to work.

South of Pfeiffer Canyon, the challenges are even more pronounced. The best-case scenario is that the Highway to the south will be open to the public, on some controlled level, by Memorial Day weekend. Until then, Helicopter guests visiting Post Ranch and public access through the Community Trail are the primary engines of commerce. Trail access by the public is predicated on a working parking-shuttle system operating on the north side of the Canyon.

That access will require a viable traffic turn-around solution somewhere near Loma Vista, completed Highway repairs up to and including at the Deli and some form of visitor transportation from the trailhead, to points south. Then there is parking for residents and workers using the trail to go north…… The next steps on these issues will involve Cal Trans Traffic and Construction Engineers in collaboration with adjacent land owners and the Unified Command.

Further South, the communities in and around Lucia, Pacific Valley, Treebones Resort and Gorda have endured great uncertainty due to the nearly constant closure of the Highway and, until recently, the closure of Nacimiento Ferguson Road. There is currently a request into Cal Trans to modify the open times for local and vendor traffic through Paul’s Slide and Mud Creek to allow for noon passage, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This would make life easier to manage for everyone as long as it does not add significant time to a full opening of the Highway to the public.

Many in the Big Sur Community are concerned with the degradation of both the environment and the quality of the visitor and resident experience. Traffic, illegal parking and lack of public restrooms are cited as major ongoing problems associated with living in and visiting Big Sur. With that in mind, this is an opportunity to pivot, hit reset, tackle proof of concept and provide some solutions to these problems.

The teams assembled above are working together toward positive outcomes. They are supported by the business leaders in Big Sur and the Monterey Peninsula as well as the political and agency decision makers in Monterey, Sacramento and Washington DC.

If you have any ideas or recommendations to contribute, please email them to me at info

Finally, on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Big Sur Coast Property Owners Association and the wider community, I’d like to thank the Community Foundation for Monterey County for their support and partnership in helping those impacted by the Sobranes Fire of 2016, and the winter storms of 2017. Additionally, I would like to recognize two members of the Hospitality Industry, specifically Mike Freed and David Fink, for their leadership in developing a campaign to provide economic relief to employees suddenly out of work. Well done Mike and David!

Butch Kronlund, CPOA

Posted by: Stan Russell | April 18, 2017

Note from Caltrans

From Caltrans

On Monday April 17th Mud Creek and Paul’s were opened late in the morning due to the rain event and the time it took to clear the road for safe passage. In addition the evening opening of Mud Creek did not occur without prior notice.

Mud Creek is very dynamic during rain events and for several days after. Yesterday morning when the crews arrived there was significant mud flow and the road took a long time to clear before it could be made passable. The crews worked diligently all day and had expected to have the road open for the evening opening. However later in the day the fog rolled in and the slide activity did not decrease. Due to the fog the crews were unable to continue working as the spotters were unable to see the slope above the workers and it was deemed to be unsafe to continue working clearing slide material and also unsafe to open to traffic.

We will do our best to get an email notification out if this occurs again. But due to the dynamic nature of Mud Creek during rain events we suggest using Nacimiento Ferguson Rd due to unplanned closures of Mud Creek.

We also appreciate your patience when opening times are delayed due to the overnight slide activity and the additional time that may be needed to open the road in the morning at both Paul’s Slide and Mud Creek.

My sincere apologies to those who were caught off guard.

Two photos (Monday, April 17) of Mud Creek on State Route 1 in Monterey County (PM 8.9).

*Same information as Thursday, April 13, with new information on parking area south of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge*

SR-1 Full Closure-Ragged Pt (SLO PM 72.87) to the Multi-Agency Facility “MAF”(MON PM 46.35).

* As roadwork to restore Mud Creek (PM 8.9) gets underway, effective Monday, April 17, residents going through Mud Creek (PM 8.9) will have an access window similar to Paul’s Slide, but longer to allow passage through both work sites. Resupply schedule on Fridays is also slightly longer.

* Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is open to the public. Public access on Highway 1, using Nacimiento-Fergusson, will be to Gorda (PM 10) to the south, and to Limekiln State Park (PM 20) to the north.

* Friday deliveries: Residents and deliveries will be allowed through at Paul’s Slide and Mud Creek once per week on Fridays between 5:00 am – 9:30 am, and 5:00 pm – 8 pm. Delivery vehicles are limited to 30 feet in length and up to 50,000 pounds.

* Residents have unlimited access between Gorda and Limekiln State Park and from north of Paul’s Slide to just south of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge.

Four gates are closing the roadway overnight at the following locations:
1) South end of Mud Creek (PM 8.8);
2) North end of Mud Creek (PM 8.9);
3) North end of Limekiln Creek Bridge (PM 21.07) and
4) North end of Hermitage wall (PM 22.42).
Emergency services will have overnight access to the locked gates.

Mud Creek (PM 8.9):
* As of Monday, April 17, there will be limited resident access through Mud Creek due to major restorative work above the roadway; access is limited to 5 am – 6:30 am and 6:30 pm – 8 pm. This will be for a minimum of four to six weeks and we will continually evaluate for opportunities to improve local resident access.

* For now, unlimited resident access will continue to be allowed daily if they are in between the gated areas of Mud Creek and Paul’s, or north of Paul’s Slide to south of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge closure.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6):
* As of March 22nd , there is limited access due to major excavation above the roadway; resident access is limited to 5:30 am – 6:00 am and 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm. This will be for a minimum six to eight weeks and we will continually evaluate for opportunities to improve local resident access.

* For the Friday opportunities to resupply, access is limited to vehicles weighing 50,000 lbs., with a maximum vehicle length of 30 feet.

* Work will performed 24/7 as conditions allow, and updates will continue to be provided.

IMPORTANT NOTE – CALTRANS PFEIFFER CYN. BRIDGE (PM 45.5):
* All vehicles must be cleared from the Rancho Rico area, the turnout south of the bridge by Friday, April 21 so that construction equipment can access this area.

* Demolition of the bridge is complete: The final span (span 1) came down Wednesday, March 22. Bridge debris clearing from the canyon is nearing completion and utility relocation has begun. ** Please stay clear of the area for your own safety and to allow the construction team to work on re-building this vital part of the road.

* All business north of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge closure are open to the public.

* Due to changing weather conditions, sections of State Route 1 may be closed at any time in the interest of public safety.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:
* Due to the nature of the construction activities, access will be subject to change on a regular basis.

* Another update regarding the Highway 1 Big Sur Coast will be provided mid-day on Thursday, April 20 or sooner if conditions change.

* NOTE: For information on emergency services only (not Caltrans inquiries) for the Big Sur Coast, you may contact Gerry Malais, Mon. Co. OES via email at: malaisg or Maia Carroll, Mon. Co. OES PIO at carrollm.

* **Caltrans wishes to thank all the agencies that have been working with us to help expedite the repairs and reconstruction of the Highway 1 Big Sur Coast-especially and most recently, utility companies PG&E and AT&T for their expedited work and support in the reconstruction efforts at Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge.

Jim Shivers
Acting Manager
Caltrans District 5
Public Information Office
(805) 549-3237

Creek on State Route 1 in Monterey County (PM 8.9)

Mud Creek on State Route 1 in Monterey County (PM 8.9)

Posted by: Stan Russell | April 14, 2017

Big Sur Marathon Employee Highway Passes

Hello Big Sur Businesses,

Employee passes for Sunday morning are available once again at the River Inn motel front desk.

Employees will need a pass if they are traveling from town and need to be at work earlier than the first southbound caravan will arrive in Big Sur (the first SB caravan leaves Otter Cove at 8:35am, and should arrive in the Big Sur valley around 9:30am).

To use a pass, the vehicle must be south of Otter Cove NO LATER THAN 5:30am, so south of Rio Road no later than about 5:15am. Leave yourself a few minutes margin to be safe. The passes will expire at 6:00am.

Also, remember that the posted caravan schedule is an approximation only – actual times may vary depending on several factors.

Please arrange for someone to pick the needed passes up at the River Inn between 9am and 5pm any day this week.

For more Big Sur International Marathon race day information or to download a printable Caravan Schedule visit http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/2017marathon.html

Posted by: Stan Russell | April 14, 2017

From Monterey County Health Department

From Monterey County Health Department

We have a link on the County site dedicated to Big Sur. We will update it weekly (and our Facebook page) and push the info to the blog as well.

Hope you are both doing well.

Rob

http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/health/environmental-health/recycling/big-sur-waste-management-updates

Rob Durham, MA
Management Analyst II
Supervisor-Recycling & Resource Recovery Services
Monterey County Health Department | Environmental Health Bureau
1270 Natividad Rd.
Salinas CA 93906
Phone: 831 755-8979
Fax: 831 755-4780

Photos: 1) Two photos of Mud Creek (PM 8.9)—before (12 feet tall by 10 feet wide by 8 feet thick) and after blasting a boulder 2) Two photos at Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Construction Site—relocating of utility poles—utility photos courtesy of Kyle Evans for Caltrans.

*Same information as Monday*

SR-1 Full Closure—Ragged Pt (SLO PM 72.87) to the Multi-Agency Facility “MAF”(MON PM 46.35).

· As roadwork to restore Mud Creek (PM 8.9) gets underway, effective Monday, April 17, residents going through Mud Creek (PM 8.9) will have an access window similar to Paul’s Slide, but longer to allow passage through both work sites. Resupply schedule on Fridays is also slightly longer.

· Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is open to the public.

· Public access on Highway 1, using Nacimiento-Fergusson, will be to Gorda (PM 10) to the south, and to Limekiln State Park (PM 20) to the north.

· Friday deliveries: Residents and deliveries will be allowed through at Paul’s Slide and Mud Creek once per week on Fridays between 5:00am – 9:30am, and 5:00pm – 8pm. Delivery vehicles are limited to 30 feet in length and up to 50,000 pounds.

· Residents have unlimited access between Gorda and Limekiln State Park and from north of Paul’s Slide to just south of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. Four gates are closing the roadway overnight at the following locations: 1) south end of Mud Creek (PM 8.8); 2) north end of Mud Creek (PM 8.9); 3) North end of Limekiln Creek Bridge (PM 21.07) and 4) north end of Hermitage wall (PM 22.42).

o Emergency services will have overnight access to the locked gates.

Mud Creek (PM 8.9):

· As of Monday, April 17, there will be limited resident access through Mud Creek due to major restorative work above the roadway; access is limited to 5am – 6:30am and 6:30pm – 8pm. This will be for a minimum of four to six weeks and we will continually evaluate for opportunities to improve local resident access.

· For now, unlimited resident access will continue to be allowed daily if they are in between the gated areas of Mud Creek and Paul’s, or north of Paul’s Slide to south of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge closure.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6):

· As of March 22nd , there is limited access due to major excavation above the roadway; resident access is limited to 5:30am – 6:00am and 7:00pm – 7:30pm. This will be for a minimum six to eight weeks and we will continually evaluate for opportunities to improve local resident access.

· For the Friday opportunities to resupply, access is limited to vehicles weighing 50,000 lbs., with a maximum vehicle length of 30 feet.

· Work will performed 24/7 as conditions allow, and updates will continue to be provided.

IMPORTANT NOTE – CALTRANS PFEIFFER CYN. BRIDGE (PM 45.5):

· Demolition of the bridge is complete: The final span (span 1) came down Wednesday, March 22. Bridge debris clearing from the canyon is nearing completion and utility relocation has begun.** Please stay clear of the area for your own safety and to allow the construction team to work on re-building this vital part of the road.

All business north of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge closure are open to the public.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

· Due to the nature of the construction activities, access will be subject to change on a regular basis.

· Another update regarding the Highway 1 Big Sur Coast will be provided mid-day on Wednesday, April 19 or sooner if conditions change.

· NOTE: For information on emergency services only (not Caltrans inquiries) for the Big Sur Coast, you may contact Gerry Malais, Mon. Co. OES via email at: malaisg or Maia Carroll, Mon. Co. OES PIO at carrollm.

· **Caltrans wishes to thank all the agencies that have been working with us to help expedite the repairs and reconstruction of the Highway 1 Big Sur Coast—especially and most recently, utility companies PG&E and AT&T for their expedited work and support in the reconstruction efforts at Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge.

Mud Creek (PM 8.9)

Mud Creek (PM 8.9)

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Construction Site—relocating of utility poles

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Construction Site—relocating of utility poles

Today’s Date: April 12, 2017
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z Cruz (bilingual) or Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALTRANS RELEASES RENDERINGS OF NEW PFEIFFER CANYON BRIDGE ON STATE ROUTE 1

MONTEREY COUNTY – Caltrans has released three renderings of the new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge to replace the structure that was damaged by winter storms this season and demolished last month.

The new bridge will be constructed using steel girders and will extend 320 feet above the canyon and will not include columns which were part of the original structure built in 1967. The elimination of the columns will prevent this bridge from being damaged by future landslides.

This new bridge is estimated to cost $24 million dollars and is expected to be accessed by the public in mid-to-late September.


Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Preliminary Rendering


Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Preliminary Rendering


Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Preliminary Rendering

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway work zones.

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll freenumber at 1-831-423-0396 or can visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon

Please click on the link to view our bridge recent demolition video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh9zE3RqNVQ

CALTRANS
Date: April 11, 2017
District: Headquarters
Contact: Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3237
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALTRANS REMOVES DAMAGED PFEIFFER CANYON BRIDGE, PLANS TO QUICKLY RE-BUILD

MONTEREY COUNTY – The Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on State Route 1 was closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic February 15, 2017, after heavy rains caused a landslide under the structure damaging one of its main support columns. The bridge, which was built in 1968, was demolished over the span of a week. Engineers used a 6,000 ton wrecking ball and other equipment to strike precise points on the bridge to force it to break apart.

In this Caltrans News Flash, we interview a bridge construction engineer and structure representative about plans to expedite the rebuilding of the expanse between the Big Sur community and the Monterey/Carmel area to the north.

This video can be viewed at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/paffairs/newsflash/

This News Flash is the 127th in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans’ activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans does to enhance California’s economy and livability. To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or go to http://bit.ly/1ez3LYz


Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Preliminary Rendering from the video

Posted by: Stan Russell | April 11, 2017

Big Sur International Marathon Caravan Schedule

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Dear Coastal Residents & Businesses:

The 2017 Big Sur International Marathon will go on!  Now in its 32nd year, this world-renowned race will again be welcoming 9,000 runners and walkers from 49 states and 35 countries to participate in six different distance events along the coastline on Sunday, April 30, 2017.

Despite the major difficulties experienced by so many residents and businesses on the Big Sur coast in the past year, we’ve received many positive comments from the Big Sur community to continuing the race with the traditional point-to-point route.  Here are a few examples:

‘We are fully supportive of the Big Sur marathon moving forward and are happy to assist in any way we can. It will bring much needed revenue to the area as well as a feeling of stability for not only the loyal marathon runners but for the community as well.”

“I think the Big Sur community needs something like the Marathon to give us some feeling of normalcy.  It would be a shame to cancel such a historically important event – not to mention the contributions to our non-profits.  It would be a huge loss for them at a time that their resources are being spread thin. I would like to see the Marathon run as usual…”

Though the loss of Pfeiffer Bridge will eliminate most northbound traffic, we will still make accommodations for our car caravans to travel between Carmel and Big Sur on race day to help residents, employees, and guests get up and down the coast.  We will use our same schedule as in previous years:

NORTHBOUND TRAVEL — New for 2017 only: The area between the MAF (start line) and Pfeiffer-Big Sur State Park will be closed beginning at 3 a.m. in order to erect the start line and new bus turn-around area on the highway.  Residents living south of Big Sur State Park will need to exit prior to 3 a.m. or join in the first northbound caravan at 7:20 a.m. Residents north of the park may depart prior to the first caravan as long as they are north of Rio Road by 7 a.m. After that time, residents will need to travel north in an established caravan listed above.

SOUTHBOUND TRAVEL:  Only vehicles WITH PASSES are allowed south of Otter Cove after 4 a.m. Travelers to the Highlands may cross Rio Road until 7 a.m.  All southbound travel needs to be in Big Sur by 6 a.m. No travel south of Pfeiffer-Big Sur State Park after 3 a.m. due to construction of new bus turnaround area.

If you have any questions on race day travel, please contact our office at 831-625-6226.

Sincerely,

Doug Thurston

Race Director

To view Marathon Course Map
http://bigsurcalifornia.org/2017marathon.html

Letter to coastal residents v2.pdf

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