Bottoms Down At Butterfly Beach

During the most recent Montecito Association Land Use Committee meeting, Bernie MacElhenny, a known Santa Barbara and Montecito developer, proposed, or re-proposed (he floated this balloon a couple of years ago) the introduction of a restroom and a concession stand on a small chunk of land that he owns across from 1154 Channel Drive (see full account in Guillaume Doane’s “Local News” section on page 28).

Is he serious? Maybe.

MacElhenny’s Project Description reads thusly: “the need for restrooms has been present for decades at Butterfly Beach and we are interested in providing the community with an attractive solution. We would like to provide two restrooms and service them on a regular basis. Two small restrooms would be an asset at Butterfly Beach and a concession stand would make it feasible. This would serve the general beach user very quietly.”

Along with the proposal, Bernie supplied illustrations of nearly a dozen choices, from a basic single stand-alone porta-potty unit to deluxe trailer restroom facilities.

While these following examples are not the exact models that Mr. MacElhenny proposed, they should give a good idea of what is available. The Elite Series by Porta Kleen, for example is an elaborate trailer described as the “perfect answer for higher volume, high class events. This upscale restroom trailer reflects an elegance that will surely impress.” The unit offers “elegance at every turn with black ceramic fixtures, gold metal detail, and oak trim with simulated marble walls.” Fitting for Montecito? Perhaps.

But (if you’ll excuse the expression), if that isn’t good enough for Butterfly Beach, there is the Luxury Liner by Premier Executive Trailers, LLC. This offers similar amenities to the Elite Series along with a premier stereo system to soothe beachgoers with jazzy grooves or even classical music for the sophisticated restroom user. Each unit offers porcelain flushing toilets, interior and exterior lighting, oak vanities with brass faucets, pergo (synthetic hardwood) flooring, oak trim, and mirrors.

As for the concession stand… MacElhenny’s packet offered many options, ranging from a small pushcart to a full-sized restaurant on wheels.

If we could be serious for a moment, Butterfly Beach was packed with people this summer, and even Miramar Beach was so jammed it was nearly impossible to find parking. The last thing we would want to do is add another reason for people to come to what was once a “community” beach.

Montecito’s Upcoming 2006 Election

The following candidates and positions will be on your November ballot.

Cold Spring School (3 seats open): Michael Hieshima, Ann Tro, Darren Caesar (he may run).

Montecito Union School (3 seats open): Karen Anderson, Robert Nagy, Carissa Smith (all three are incumbents).

Santa Barbara School District (2 seats open): Suzy Cawthon, Rosanne Crawford, Thinker Bill Hackett, Magdalena Maddox, Robert Noël (incumbent), Kate Parker

Montecito Fire District (1 seat open): John Venable (incumbent)

Montecito Sanitary District (1 seat open): Deirdre Cannata (incumbent), Judith Ishkanian

Montecito Water District (2 seats open): Sam Frye, Robert Puddicombe (incumbent), Dick Shaikewitz

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