Comments on Monterey Bay Shores Resort Project Habitat.pdf

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Scott Cashen, M.S.—Independent Biological Resources Consultant
February 29, 2016
Mr. Laurens H. Silver
California Environmental Law Project
P.O. Box 667
Mill Valley, CA 94942
Ms. Aruna Prabhala
Center for Biological Diversity
351 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
Subject: Comments on the Habitat Protection Plan for the Monterey Bay Shores
Resort Project
Dear Mr. Silver and Ms. Prabhala:
This letter contains my comments on the revised Habitat Protection Plan (dated 11 Nov
2015) for the Monterey Bay Shores Resort Project (“Project”). I am submitting these
comments on behalf of the Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity, Audubon
California, and Monterey Audubon Society. I previously submitted comments on this
project on May 11, 2015, and August 13, 2015. I have attached those comment letters
and I hereby incorporate them by reference.
Security National Guaranty, Inc. (“Applicant”) plans to construct a 1.34 million ft2
mixed-use resort on a 39-acre parcel in the City of Sand City, California. In addition to
the development, the Project entails approximately 680,000 cubic yards of grading
(385,000 cubic yards of which would be disposed), 20.37 acres of “habitat restoration,”
public access trails and amenities, utility extensions and infrastructure, and related
development (e.g., roads, parking lots, signs, fences, and lights).
I am an environmental biologist with 23 years of professional experience in wildlife
ecology and natural resources management. To date, I have served as a biological
resources expert for over 100 projects throughout California. My experience and scope
of work in this regard has included assisting various clients with evaluations of biological
resource issues, reviewing environmental compliance documents prepared pursuant to the
California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) and the National Environmental Policy
Act (“NEPA”), and submitting written comments in response to CEQA and NEPA
documents. I have provided written and oral testimony for the California Energy
Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, and U.S. district courts. My
educational background includes a B.S. in Resource Management from the University of
California at Berkeley, and a M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the
Pennsylvania State University.

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