Hotel Site's Connection to Boom Boom Room to be Preserved
That changed last night.
|Photo by Janine Kahn|
|From rowdy watering hole to wine bar for the site of the Boom Boom Room.|
When the Planning Commission approved the garage, it was revealed the new hotel on the Coast Inn site might include retail space and a restaurant/wine bar, and the location of an interpretive center dedicated to the property's gay past was still to be determined.
That ignited fears that any trace of the Boom would disappear, and the exhibit would be shoved in a corner only accessible to hotel guests.
The City Council, in approving early plans for the hotel, called for a good faith effort to include a historical marker to the Coast Inn's significance to the gay community. The council reaffirmed its approval of the plans Tuesday night but now called for a wine bar over part of the old Boom.
The council vote was preceded by stories from members of the community about the site's importance to gays, including a videotaped presentation from Bob Gentry, a Laguna Beach mayor in the 1990s and Orange County's first openly gay elected official.
All agreed the rundown site needs renovation, and property owner and former AIG executive Steven Udvar-Hazy was thanked for taking on the project.