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As owner of the neighboring Casino San Clemente, I take issue with your recent article stating “stakeholders look to refurbish San Clemente icon,” the Miramar Theater.
The Miramar is privately owned by a wealthy group of savvy investors who actually consciously choose not to refurbish this San Clemente icon and certainly don’t need any fundraisers, finance help nor public grant money in the off chance they ever choose to renovate their property themselves. Currently, they have been trying to dump/sell the property for years; albeit at an astronomical price to cover their bad investment.
They don’t care. The Miramar owners refuse to water their lawn, trim their one remaining tree, fix the broken asphalt, even paint the building or fix the piano sized hole in the theater roof unless it’s by outright city imposition of lien. They don’t care. Please refer to the long rap sheet of community complaints to Code Enforcement about the Miramar. It is public record and years long.
I admire Mr. Divel’s passion for trying to “save” this icon. It is worth saving, but it is not our building to save, and in fact the current owners are far from needing any “saving” except perhaps from their flagrant lack of concern and lack of basic property maintenance.
I would encourage the city of San Clemente to buy their historical resources to really “save” them; otherwise please default to strongly enforcing negligence codes on private properties while we, the public, wait for the Miramar owners to face the music of the current real estate marketplace.
I would encourage the city to spend public grant monies on public properties for the public good. Or if the city chooses to spend public grant monies on private historical icons, there are many of us who equally deserve to be in that line. Stop the discrimination.
In the meantime, although we admire Mr. Divel’s passion, we believe the life raft he throws is at a passing pirate ship.