Environmental Group Says Inn At Sunset Cliffs’ Terrace Illegally Built On Public Seawall

SAN DIEGO — A small hotel in Sunset Cliffs is facing a legal battle after an environmental group claimed part of the hotel was illegally built on public property.

The Inn at Sunset Cliffs has a terrace that overlooks the ocean which it promotes as the perfect setting for weddings, but the Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation says the terrace was illegally built on top of a public sea wall.

“They’ve basically taken that land on top of the sea wall and made it for their private use,” said attorney Livia Borak, who is working on the case for the environmental group, which has filed a lawsuit against the inn. “We’d like them to remove that structure… and open that back up to the public.”

When 10News contacted the Inn at Sunset Cliffs, representatives for the inn had no comment on the lawsuit. According to court documents, the inn denied that any of their facilities are on public property.

“That’s what they claim,” said Borak. “We disagree.”

The group’s complaint said the inn has received code compliance violation notices from the city of San Diego.

“Those have said, ‘You don’t have the right to use this structure. It’s illegal,'” said Borak. “Some of the associated structures are also illegal.”

The notice from the city also said the inn does not have proper facilities to hold weddings. In court documents, the inn said the lawsuit provides no benefit to the public.
So far, no court date has been set.

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