Woo-hoo! EIR Certified!
Thursday was a huge step toward our dream of a Horse Park. The Seaside City Council certified the EIR. They also approved the Specific Plan and the General Plan, which will require a second vote November 17. Please let the council members know of your support, ask them to fully approve both next week.
The Specific Plan has a new name. It is now the “Central Coast Veterans Cemetery, Monument Village, and Seaside Horse Park.” These were recommendations made by city staff to more fully link the projects to the City of Seaside and the Fort Ord National Monument.
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We are very excited to be moving forward and want to extend our gratitude to all of you who wrote letters, sent checks, sent emails, attended endless meetings, and cheered us on with your enthusiasm. Without our amazing supporters we would not have gotten to this place. Thank you, thank you!
There are still a number of steps that need to be taken, and we will be asking for your help again, but getting the EIR certified is HUGE. Let’s rest for a moment in the joy of it!
The Board of Directors
We’ve had many questions regarding the recent Monterey Downs events. Primarily, “how does this effect the Monterey Horse Park?”
The short answer is that we’re not sure. We know that, in the face of law suits by KFOW and Landwatch, the City of Seaside decided to rescind their approvals of the General Plan and Specific Plan, to de-certify the EIR, and to send the projects back to the Seaside Planning Commission for modifications.
Over the past 20 years, horse parks in other Western States have contributed greatly to their communities. There is much more information regarding the economic impact of horse parks on local communities. Soon let’s be reading about the impact of the Monterey Horse Park on Seaside!
For anyone who has participated in a horse show, be it at the national, state or local level, there is no doubt that these activities generate a lot of money. The American Horse Council’s Economic Impact of the Horse Industry on the United States study includes some impressive statistics that confirm the significant impact of the horse show industry.
Home to more equine events than any other city in the world, Oklahoma City is the venue of choice for more than a dozen top national and world championship horse shows, attracting riders from across the nation – and world – each year.
Not only do Oklahoma City horse shows provide family fun entertainment, they make a substantial contribution to the city’s economy.
Horse Shows in the Sun, Inc. is pleased to release the results of an extensive economic impact study of their 2014 horse show series held each January – March at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, Florida.
Horse Shows in the Sun located in Thermal, CA is a seasonal venue offering a series of 8 horse shows each winter. Each week brings 3000 horses, 10,500 horsemen and horsewomen and 25,000 spectators to Thermal. Most importantly, $120,000,000 is added annually to the local economy in money spent on food, lodging, living expenses and entertainment. Imagine what a year round facility such as the Monterey Horse Park could bring in!
This Thursday, November 10, the EIR Certification will once again come before the Seaside City Council and this time we hope there will be a vote.
Thursday night’s Seaside City Council meeting was well attended by numerous MHP supporters and board members. A number of persons from the hospitality industry, real estate, and chambers of commerce spoke in favor of the three projects, as well as private citizens of Seaside. The Mayor and Council were forced to continue the meeting to November 10 due to a last minute legal submission of a multiple page document, but we remain optimistic and will keep you informed.
FIRST ROUND OF COUNCIL VOTES. We need every Horse Park supporter to demonstrate their support! Click through to RSVP or send a supportive email.
Horse Parks are the wave of the future across the nation. Over half of our states have horse parks, many funded by the state itself. Horse Parks provide millions of dollars in revenue to their communities.