About Seaside, Cali

"Seaside-From Resort to Fort Ord and Back Again"

Seaside began as the Hotel Del Monte began, as a part of the City of Monterey. Because the subdivision of Seaside was located just a mile to the northwest of the hotel, the subdivision of Seaside was initially conceived as an outgrowth of the resort community and identified as a tourist destination.

Like so many other ambitious pioneers in the late nineteenth century, Seaside's founder, Dr. John Roberts left New York in 1887 for California and settled near relatives in Pacific Grove. He and his uncle bought 160 acres from the David Jacks Corporation, which he divided into 1,000 lots for sale as vacation property. He also made his home in the new residential area that bordered Monterey and the Hotel.

By 2009, the city is in the throes of redevelopment and gentrification, bustling with projects ranging from golf courses, 5 star resorts, conference facilities, new residential and commercial development, and plans for a mixed use, transit oriented, urban village that would transform the downtown. According to the City Manager, Seaside is working towards "a common vision both among the leadership of elected officials and the community at large," that brings Seaside into the Monterey Peninsula communities as an internationally recognized tourist destination.

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