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Newport Beach

September 22, 2000|Mathis Winkler, (949) 574-4232

Stop the Dunes Hotel, an activist group opposing the proposed resort with 470 rooms and 31,000-square-feet of conference space, has endorsed growth-control Measure S.

If approved in November, the measure would put to a citywide vote any development that creates an increase of more than 100 peak-hour car trips or allows dwelling units of 40,000 square feet over the general plan allowance.

"What [Measure S] will do for us is require a vote of the people before the Dunes [project] can be passed," said Susan Caustin, the co-chairperson of Stop the Dunes.

Measure S opponents questioned the importance of the announcement.

"Measure S [supporters] are essentially the same people as Stop the Dunes [supporters,]" said Tom Edwards, co-chairman of the Measure T campaign, also known as the Traffic Phasing initiative.

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