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8 Encinitas stories to watch in 2014

8 Encinitas stories to watch in 2014

From the Encinitas Community Park making its debut to tougher rules for bars, here’s a rundown of eight stories that will define Encinitas over the next year.

Appeal sparks debate over zoning of former Ecke Ranch property

Appeal sparks debate over zoning of former Ecke Ranch property

ENCINITAS — With 16 public speakers, Wednesday night’s council meeting set off a debate over which kind of groups can operate on the former Ecke Ranch property, purchased last year by the Leichtag Foundation.

Encinitas will study potential arts venues

ENCINITAS — The City Council at Wednesday night’s meeting directed staff to begin a feasibility study on locations that could host a community arts venue.

Nonprofits get OK to set up in barns at former Ecke Ranch property

Nonprofits get OK to set up in barns at former Ecke Ranch property

ENCINITAS — The Leichtag Foundation’s Food Justice Program and other nonprofits will move into two existing barns once used for flower-growing operations at the 67-acre Ranch on Saxony Road.

Leichtag Foundation ‘rebooting’ agriculture concepts at former Ecke Ranch property

Leichtag Foundation ‘rebooting’ agriculture concepts at former Ecke Ranch property

New Leichtag fellowship program playing a role in Sukkah structures

Hydroponic farm offers glimpse into Ecke Ranch’s future

Hydroponic farm offers glimpse into Ecke Ranch’s future

ENCINITAS — Pierre Sleiman began experimenting with hydroponic farming in his garage as a college student four years ago. These days, his company, the newest tenant on Ecke Ranch, is on the cutting edge of organic farming.

Potential land gift ‘once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity’ for Botanic Garden

Potential land gift ‘once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity’ for Botanic Garden

ENCINITAS — The San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas has longed to expand its grounds for years.

Foundation has plans for Ranch; deal not yet closed

Foundation has plans for Ranch; deal not yet closed

ENCINITAS — Some details about possible uses for portions of the Ecke Ranch are starting to surface even though the deal for the property is not yet complete.

Ecke Ranch property sold to Carlsbad-based nonprofit

Ecke Ranch property sold to Carlsbad-based nonprofit

ENCINITAS — The Carlsbad-based nonprofit Leichtag Foundation signed an option agreement April 6 to acquire the 67-acre Paul Ecke Ranch facility at 441 Saxony Road.