Tami Estrada, San Clemente
It’s election time and there is a lot of debate on how, when and where San Clemente should grow.
I was recently reminded that change can be good and actually enhance our city if done while maintaining our unique culture and small town appeal.
Sunday, The Cellar Wine Bar and Restaurant opened it’s doors and gave San Clemente patrons a warm hug. The Cellar poured champagne, wine and shared tasty treats to thank its customers for business and celebrate their 5 year anniversary. The Cellar is one of many establishments on Del Mar that exemplify great change – adding diversity and yet maintaining a cozy feel. We can boast that SC has a unique Wine Bar (and Cheese Monger), other restaurants such as The Shore with their music, along with classics such as Carbonara and Fisherman’s (the pier!) are fine and special establishments that add to SC character but more importantly contribute to our community by participating in fundraising events (SCHS, Casa Romantica) etc.
I choose to support those businesses that support SC and honor our sleepy surfer but sophisticated vibe.
I’ll not be supporting gaudy digital signage and outlet malls or any type of major expansion until our smaller, privately held SC owned business are thriving.
I hope our elected civic leaders follow a similar thought—that will be deciding factor in my vote.