H-MORRO BAY

Nov 14, 2013 9:03 PM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News

Morro Bay residents have mixed feelings on future of power plant

The Morro Bay Power Plant and city officials continue to wrestle with what to do with the property where the current plant sits.

"Those stacks have been here as long as the rock. No, not quite, but as long as I've been here," said longtime resident David Orr.

They've become as much of a landmark as the rock itself. For 60 years the Morro Bay Power Plant smoke stacks have sat, looking over the beauty of this small town.

Last week, plant owners announced it would officially shut down next year. We wanted to find out what residents would like to see happen to the future of the property and its iconic stacks.

"Well, I'm so used to seeing those three stacks that I kind of like them," said resident Norris Essex.

He moved to Morro Bay three years ago and says the 450 foot stacks were the first thing he saw driving in.

"But you know, if they decide to put a park there or something like that I could go for that, too," said Essex.

While many say the stacks should stay, others think the land is just too valuable.

"I think it's about 100 acres of prime ocean front real estate that if they can't figure out something better to do with it, it's really too bad," said Morro Bay resident David Nelson.

Others think the stacks just need a little beautification.

"Some artist I believe out of Pismo was proposing or had the idea to paint them. Paint them you know, like a mural," said David Orr.

Dynegy, the plant owner, says there are no plans at this point to tear down the plant.

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