Morro Bay councilman knew apartment not permitted
November 26, 2013
By KAREN VELIE
Morro Bay Councilman George Leage said a few days ago that his apartment was either properly permitted or grandfathered in, though he was aware that an application to permit the apartment had been filed in 2011.
Leage lives in an unpermitted apartment in his family’s sushi restaurant, Off the Hook, which is located in an area that does not permit residential use.
On May 3, 2011, Violet Leage, George Leage’s sister, applied for a conditional use permit for a caretaker unit at the building. Less than two weeks later, a project representative working for the Leages filed a request to rescind the application and asked for a refund of the application fee.
“It appears that there will be considerable more work involved for this permit so the applicant decided to not pursue this idea at this time,” the request says.
Leage said earlier this week that there were several caretaker units approved in the tidelands and that he believed his unit was either permitted or grandfathered in.
When asked about the conditional use application Leage said, “She (Violet Leage) was going to make sure it was right. It would have required sprinklers and been too expensive. I was legal there anyway.
“It’s no big deal, because I’m moving anyway.”