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By  Forrest Castle

April 1, 2024 (Julian, CA) – The San Diego County Supervisors today voted to restrict Air BnB and other vacation rental homes in East County’s historic mountain community, following concerns raised by Julian residents over noise, fire and safety concerns at short-term rental properties.

To make up for transient occupancy taxes that the county will lose by eliminating individual vacation rental homes high-fire risk areas, Supervisors also approved plans for a new high-rise hotel on the hills above Julian, a historic gold-mining town.

“The new hotel will be made of faux logs in keeping with community’s pioneering character,” states a staff report written by Seymour Views. “It will combine the rustic charm of stacked log cabins with the picturesque appeal of Swiss chalets nestled on a mountainside amid stands of evergreen trees.”

A separate, circular citadel topped by a penthouse aerie—a design inspired by eagle nests--will be marketed for special events, such as destination weddings and corporate retreats, boosting tourism as well as county tax revenues.

Initial objections from the Julian Chamber of Commerce to the large-scale project were withdrawn, after the developer promised mitigation measures--building a faux-log parking garage and free public toilets to serve all visitors in the community.

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