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May 9, 2019
California to fine developer for building pricey beach hotel
Sunshine Enterprises faces $25 million in fines and fees after obtaining a permit for a property with moderately priced rooms, but then building a boutique hotel with rooms rates up to $800.
By CHRISTOPHER WEBER
Official say the developers of the Shore Hotel in Santa Monica, California, perpetrated a “bait and switch” while violating the state’s landmark Coastal Act, which enshrines public access to beach areas.
LOS ANGELES — A developer on Wednesday faced a record $25 million in fines and fees for constructing a high-priced hotel on the Southern California coast after initially obtaining a permit for a property with moderately priced rooms, in what state officials called a “bait-and-switch” building scheme.
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