LONG BEACH - A presentation was given last week at a meeting of the newly formed Long Beach Peninsula Lodging and Restaurant Association (LARA) by three of the five property owners of 10th Street oceanfront land, which is the most likely spot for a convention center in Long Beach at this time.

The property is jointly owned by former state Senator Sid Snyder, Pacific County Planning Commission Chair Rob Snow, Cottage Bakery owners Bob and Judi Andrew, Midway Printery owner Frances O'Neil, and Marion Marsh, owner if Marsh's Free Museum.

The three property owners clarified many aspects of the project for those who attended last Wednesday's meeting. The assembled membership of LARA, which represents a growing cross-section of hospitality establishments throughout the community, unanimously expressed their appreciation to the property owners for their willingness to address the group and answer questions.

Having heard the property owners' perspective, members of LARA said they would still like an opportunity to ask city of Long Beach representatives a variety of questions about the project.

LARA Interim President Bob Hamilton received written questions from a few members, but asked that those who had not yet submitted their list to do so at the next meeting or via e-mail to: bob@breakerslongbeach.com.

A committee will be appointed to develop a coherent list of questions and a meeting with city officials will be sought.

Due to the length of the discussion about the conference center hotel, there was time only for a brief discussion about by-laws and organizational formats for LARA These issues will be taken up again at the next meeting, along with the election of officers.

The next meeting of LARA will be Wednesday, March 20, at 3 p.m., in the meeting room at The Breakers in Long Beach. Representatives of all lodging and restaurant establishments in the area are welcome and urged to attend.

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