Carpinteria Poised to Buy More Blufftop Land

Property Owners Forced to Sell After Not Making Tax Payments

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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The City of Carpinteria is positioning itself to acquire an additional 27 acres of oceanfront property located between City Hall and the 53 acres of developed open space better known as the “Carp Bluffs” for about $1.6 million. The owners of the 27 acres got so far behind on their property tax payments that the County of Santa Barbara was prepared to sell the land at a public auction at the courthouse steps this Tuesday.

Carpinteria City officials put the county on notice they wanted to buy the land, and by so doing, squelched the scheduled auction. City officials will have roughly 90 days to secure the funds to pay off the property taxes owed by the land’s owner, Carpinteria Partners.

Carpinteria Mayor Al Clark said he’s hoping private donors will kick into gear to help defray the costs involved — as they did in raising the $3 million needed to secure the Carpinteria Bluffs over a decade ago. Clark said the additional real estate would be used as open space and public park land, suggesting that the golf driving range there now could probably remain. He said that a portion of the property includes the public trail that runs above the seal rookery, a popular visitor destination.

Although Carpinteria is not overflowing with cash reserves, Clark said the funds exist to buy the property. He noted that Carpinteria Partners acquired the land only after the previous owners had fallen so far behind in their property tax payments that the land was sold off at a forced auction.


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Parks and open space yes. Hotels, spas, and oil rigs no. Carpinteria is fortunate.

spacey (anonymous profile)
June 25, 2013 at 1:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Very fortunate indeed. I wish Goleta or the County had the resources,to take care of the Naples mess.

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
June 25, 2013 at 1:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm relieved to see this. Hope it happens and the area remains hotel free forever. There are a lot of places that can and should be developed. This area is just not one of them.

Native1 (anonymous profile)
June 25, 2013 at 3:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The citizen of Carp raised money to buy the bluffs ..
Santa Barbara and Goleta citizens can do the same.

loneranger (anonymous profile)
June 25, 2013 at 3:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This is pocket change. Come on Carp, make it happen!

iamsomeguyinsb (anonymous profile)
June 25, 2013 at 4:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"Carpinteria Mayor Al Clark said he’s hoping private donors will kick into gear to help defray the costs involved"

Defray?? This means taxpayer monies will be used to purchase land and next year the city will be cutting services because they foolishly spend money that doesn't belong to them. Enviro's always never have a problem spending others peoples money then complain when services are cut.

Let it go to auction, if people want to keep it open space they will pony up. Plain and simple.........

Priceless (anonymous profile)
June 26, 2013 at 7:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

good land for a skateboard park .

sourdough (anonymous profile)
June 26, 2013 at 7:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This is great! Good model for Gaviota.....Supes, are you listening?

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
June 26, 2013 at 8:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Priceless, you mean like Carp residents did last time there were bluff parcels available? Because that did happen. People gave generously in the community because it was important to them.

Native1 (anonymous profile)
June 26, 2013 at 7 p.m. (Suggest removal)

And you all call me a Socialist ;)

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
June 26, 2013 at 7:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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