Trancas Canyon Nursery Eviction Rescinded

A representative for the mall owner says her client looks forward to working on a new lease agreement.

and Sea Lily will stay open at Trancas Country Market—at least for now. A representative of the mall owner wrote a letter to the city Saturday that the eviction notice had been rescinded, and that a new lease arrangement was possible. Saturday was supposed to be the final day of the 30-day eviction notice period.

“We recognize the significance and importance of this community resource not only to the principals of the nursery business, but to the community as well,” wrote Linda A. Bernhardt, a land-use consultant for the law firm Loeb & Loeb, in a letter addressed to the . “We will continue our dialogue and look forward to working with the nursery on a new lease agreement.”

The letter is attached to this article.

A meeting took place Thursday between owners and supporters of Trancas Canyon Nursery and Sea Lily and representatives of Zuma Beach Properties LLC, which owns the mall. Bernhardt in her letter described the session as “a positive meeting and helpful to quell the rumors and innuendo in the community about our client's project and the plans for the existing site, including our client's relationship with the nursery.”

Sea Lily is located within Trancas Canyon Nursery, and subleases from it. So the future of Sea Lily is dependent on what happens with Trancas Canyon Nursery.

Carla McCloskey, whose daughter Caytlyn owns Sea Lily, said it was good the two businesses were not evicted, but she noted there was nothing in writing that would prevent this from happening tomorrow.

“But that’s not the plan if [Zuma Beach Properties] are honorable people as they have presented themselves,” McCloskey said. “We are in the process of making an interim agreement and getting all the paperwork in order.”

There has been a huge community outpouring of support since the eviction notices were issued last month. Facebook pages have been created, a rally took place in front of the nursery on Sunday and supporters addressed the City Council last week.

At the council meeting, council members asked city staff to look into whether the recent city approval for the redesign of Trancas Country Market included an obligation to keep Trancas Canyon Nursery and Sea Lily open. In an email sent Tuesday afternoon to Malibu Patch, wrote that this investigation had taken place, and that more information could be obtained from . The planning manager could not immediately be reached for comment. 

J. Flo May 04, 2011 at 02:55 AM
Again, 100% because of this new outpouring of citizen emotion and concern over the nonstop losses of so many of our small beloved businesses, this coming Monday night at City Hall Pam Uhlich's "Formula Retail Ordinance" is being resurrected and brought back to the council. Monumental and vital! It's a step towards protecting the Malibu so many people love and live here for. Needed protection for our small businesses. So imperative to keep our voices as a community loud and steady! This is the beginning - so hope people get involved and come. It's the last discussion on the City Agenda Monday, we were told that if we are there at 8:00 we'll be on time to express our community desire for a move level playing field. SO important to go and be heard!
Pamela Conley Ulich May 04, 2011 at 03:21 AM
Power to the people! Congratulations to everyone who took a stand! Bravo!
Julie Eamer May 04, 2011 at 06:13 AM
Thank goodness for people who get involved!!!!!!!
Randee Bieler May 04, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Thank U Malibu, Randee Bieler
Susan Stiffelman May 04, 2011 at 09:43 PM
Please, everyone, stay involved. While we hope that the owners of the Trancas development will offer a reasonable and fair lease to Carlos and Debbi, we are also aware that nothing has been signed. Stay connected, and voice your views this Monday at the council meeting!


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