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Hotel Laguna could reopen restaurant and lobby soon

Laguna Beach residents and visitors may soon be able to return to one of the city’s iconic coastal landmarks, as city officials reaffirmed their intent to have the lobby and restaurant at the Hotel Laguna reopen in short order.

Marc Wiener, the city’s community development director, indicated during a report to the Laguna Beach City Council that he hoped that the restaurant could reopen to the public by the end of August.

“Hotel Laguna is a jewel of Laguna Beach, and we are incredibly excited to be reopening its doors to the community as an updated and refreshed new gathering

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Laguna Beach City Council reaffirms decision to reopen Hotel Laguna restaurant and lobby

The renovated restaurant at Hotel Laguna overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Photo courtesy of Laguna Beach Co.

Hotel Laguna’s restaurant and lobby could open to the public by Aug. 31, a senior city staffer said Tuesday during a wide-ranging discussion with the City Council.

In the wake of public scrutiny of a June 29 closed session meeting about the historic hotel, the City Council voted 3-2 (Councilmembers Toni Iseman and George Weiss opposed) to concur with city staffers’ approvals to reopen the hotel lobby and restaurant.

“We’re looking forward to finally welcoming the community back to Hotel Laguna,” Laguna Beach Co.

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Laguna Beach partially lifts stop work order on restoration of Hotel Laguna

Restoration work can resume at Hotel Laguna on its restaurant, lobby, bar and kitchen after the city of Laguna Beach partially lifted a stop work order on the historic landmark that had been placed when officials discovered exterior work was occurring without a permit.

A statement released Wednesday by the city said building inspectors confirmed the interior work done by developer Mo Honarkar on the hotel meets required construction standards, but that no work will be allowed in other parts of the hotel until Honarkar and his team submit a comprehensive plan for the overall restoration of the property and

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Laguna Beach boosts COVID-19 relief package to $2 million, adds hotel grants

The Inn at Laguna Beach’s Pacific Terrace overlooks the ocean. Courtesy of Classic Hotels & Resorts

The Laguna Beach City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to increase funding for its COVID-19 relief package to $2 million, ramping up programs to assist local businesses, workers, and residents enduring the pandemic’s economic fallout.

The Council’s latest appropriation is $600,000 for the LB CARES Hotel Program, which will grant hoteliers up to 50% of the transient occupancy tax they collected from overnight guests during the Fourth Quarter of 2020. The City Council approved a minimum grant of $5,000 and a maximum of $100,000 per

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