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ASHLY FOX, San Clemente

Another gas station, another outdated and backward approval by our council that has me scratching my head.

Every time I drive by the abandoned gas station on Palizada and the other one on S. El Camino Real, I scratch my head and wonder what kind of business would be profitable if they bought contaminated land, remediated it, and redeveloped it.

I am still scratching my head.

I still have yet to find an answer to the urban blight those abandoned lots represent in our city.

In 2012, in a time when we knew retail would become obsolete, we tricked the voters into voting against a measure to responsibly redevelop North Beach, and instead council approved a “high end” outlet that has never really been successful or “high end.”

Now, we are looking to continue this outdated and short-sighted thinking with another gas station? It is the norm, not the exception, that environmental costs of cleaning up abandoned gas stations far exceed the value of the land on which they sit.

Did council not get the memo that gas-powered cars will no longer be sold in our state by 2035?

This is a short-term win for the gas company with a long-term losing proposition for the residents and our city. San Clemente needs to rethink their development. Do we want to be a city of the future or one that is stuck in the past?

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