Billy Fried’s article in favor of allowing private homes to become hotels is personally offensive.
First, he connotes derogatory meaning to his opponents calling us “retirees ensconced in their mortgage free-home.” In his “limousine liberal” world it is a bad thing to have worked your entire life and become rich (I am sure he considers “rich” a four-letter word).
Furthermore, his idea that Laguna Beach is a resort town (or should be) is ridiculous. We have 13,000 residences and about 25,000 residents. Most of us live here year-round. Most of us have jobs somewhere in Orange County, but not in Laguna Beach unless we work from home. This is a fantastic place to raise children.
Yes, we have tourists, but mostly they are “day trippers.” If you look at the map, there are already plenty of places for tourists to lodge. We do not need to turn the entire town into a hotel.
Finally, I would like to know who or where are all of these poor wretched souls who are eating cat food and are on the verge of having to sell their million-dollar home just to make ends meet? Mr. Fried’s solution is to allow them to turn their house (our village) into one big hotel. My solution is simple. If you can afford to live somewhere, live there. If you cannot afford to live somewhere, don’t live there.
Bill Welch, Laguna Beach