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New Developments in Oceanside and Carlsbad

With the group of residents on Laurel Rd. in Fire Mountain continuing to address the speeding and traffic concerns that tend to plague Fire Mountain, we’ve been following a few of the latest in business developments that will impact our local roads and surrounding freeways.

Saturn Property Vista Way

You may have noticed the recent demolition happening on the corner of Vista Way and Jefferson. The property is owned by Nissan Corporation and while waiting to be sold the location has been home to a few temporary businesses such as the Home Depot nursery, a Halloween store, a Christmas store, and a Christmas tree lot.

Recently we learned the demolition is part of a contingency on the sale of the property to Scripps Health. The City of Oceanside has had held developer meetings with Scripps regarding the building of a clinic and physicians offices on the site. The public has not been notified of the status and only residents within 300 ft. of the property will receive a notice once permits are filed and the yellow notification signs go up.  The zoning in that area allows a building height of up to 50 ft. or approximately 4 stories. The city planner on the project did not have a response to questions regarding concerns about how increased traffic or building height will be addressed.

—- UPDATE (11/6/2013) According to a city employee the Scripps project was given a pass as it doesn’t meet the commercial zoning plan.  Nissan has simply bulldozed the buildings to make it more marketable. We will update as more information is available.—–

On the other side of the 78 freeway, in Carlsbad, the Westfield, Plaza Camino Real (sometimes referred to as the “ghetto mall”) has also started renovations. According to the Westfield web site:

The regional mall, originally constructed in 1969, will be renamed Westfield Carlsbad when completed in November 2014. The renovation plans include:


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The SPOT Home and Garden Sale plus a Ton of Local Weekend Events!

This weekend is shaping up to be BUSY! If you haven’t noticed all the local events on the side bar here’s the run down:

Screen Shot 2013-10-03 at 4.10.08 PMFriday October 4th, 7am Through Sunday October 6th 3pm: The Home and Garden sale benefitting SPOT is always a sure thing if you want to pick up some really great plants, especially gorgeous succulents. I picked up a pepper plant a couple years back and it’s still going crazy in my garden! The sale starts tomorrow, follow this link for more information.

October 5th, 9am: The Surfrider foundation is holding a beach clean up starting at the Oceanside Pier. Everyone is welcome to help!

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October 5th at 10am: Always fun for the pets and great people/pet watching is the The Mission San Luis Rey annual St. Francis Festival and Blessing of the Animals. Animal adoption organizations are on site and hey! animals need blessings too!

October 5th 12pm: The Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest is a family style event and will have both domestic and craft beers from the likes of Stone Brewing on hand. Check the web site for details.

October 5th 12pm: The Vista Rhythm & Brews Music Festival presented by Mother Earth Brewing and Back Street Brewery kicks off it’s second year. Tickets are $30 and you can get them right here.

Octover 5th, 4 pm: The 3 mile Walk to end Alzheimers starts at 4:00 pm at the Oceanside Pier. If you can’t make it to the walk, support Fire Mountain locals the Swifts reach their goal!

October 5th 6:30 pm: Photojournalist and author Kirk Lee Aeder is giving a book talk and signing at the Oceanside Museum of Art. Special guests, former pro surfers, Mike Cruikshank and Peter “PT” Townend will also make an appearance

Screen Shot 2013-10-03 at 5.37.46 PMOctober is Kids Free Museum Month! There is a long list of museums and attractions all over San Diego county including the Oceanside Museum of Art,  The California Surf Museum, the Encinitas Lux Art Institute, The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, The Birch Aquarium, the SD Model Railroad Museum and many more with free admission for kids the entire month of October. —UPDATE: Even more FREE attractions can be found here, including Legoland, Sea World and more!

October 6th, 10am: The Oceanside Museum of Art has upped Free Museum Month by hosting Free Family Art day this Sunday. The museum is free and kids and parents can create small works of art that reflect the exhibits currently on view

Weekends in October: Legoland Brick or Treat has fireworks and a “Brick or Treat” trail for the kids. Definitely a good way to get your money’s worth out of that costume!

With a high temperature of around 87° should be nice weather for any of these events, so go on, get out and do something!