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Most Read of 2021: Hotel Laguna happenings, oil spill fallout, and toll road fire

A year into the pandemic, Laguna Beach celebrated reopenings and confronted some setbacks in 2021. Community members eagerly read about Hotel Laguna reopening the doors to its first floor and art festivals restarting after a year off because of COVID-19. The Independent also delivered timely, essential updates on the Orange County oil spill and firefighters efforts’ to contain a June brush fire that could have spread quickly. Here’s a round-up of several of our most-read stories from the past year.

Hotel Laguna Partially Reopens

Mayor Bob Whalen used a pair of giant scissors to cut a ribbon at Hotel Laguna’s
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