Henry Miller Memorial Library
January 28, 2015
by Herald staff
“It will take the California Highway Patrol, shuttles from the mouth of Carmel Valley and some creative on-site parking, but Big Sur’s Henry Miller Memorial Library is now fully legal.
On Wednesday, the Monterey County Planning Commission gave the library a unanimous thumbs-up to hold the series of events — from the Big Sur International Film Series and Big Sur Fashion Show to concerts and open mic nights — that the institution has become renowned for over the past three decades.
Library executive director Magnus Toren heralded the commission’s OK as the culmination of a 2 1/2-year effort to secure the permits that he said included plenty of work and compromise.
“This is really good for the library,” Toren said. “We’re taking this very seriously. It’s been a long time coming.”
Library board president Maria Teutsch said the hearing was so important to library supporters that some journeyed from the snowed-in East Coast to attend.
“The library is very important to Big Sur, but it’s also very important to the greater community,” Teutsch said.
Consultant Robert Carver told the commission it took ingenuity and a few “wrestling matches” to find a way to meet county standards for holding regular events drawing as many as 300 people onto the library’s less-than-an-acre grounds, just off Highway 1.”
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