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By Kristina Pritchett

On Tuesday, City Council members unanimously approved a second reading for a zone text amendment that allows the potential use of three retractable gates in the Strand community.

There were no residents opposing the gates, but Council was asked how the city planned to pay for the gates. Councilman Scott Schoeffel said since the ordinance that was up for the vote was about just the potential use, the discussion of paying for the gates would occur later.

The Planning Commission unanimously approved to send the recommendation to the Council in July, saying it would be a benefit for security and public safety.

Previously, city staff said there isn’t a design set for the gates yet because the amendment is just for a potential use.

The amendment will head to the California Coastal Commission for review. Previously, city staff have said if it’s approved, it will come back to the city as a local coastal permit.

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