To avoid what could be a lengthy and costly legal battle, the City of Pacific Grove is giving up the effort to get the Monterey Bay Aquarium to pay rent for the city-owned land it occupies.
“We would be fighting for years in court, even if we won, we might not be able to use the money the way we want anyway” said city manager Jim Colangelo.
That ís because Colangelo said the city could be bound by California State Lands Commission restrictions on how revenue can be generated from businesses that sit on
tidelands. The city’s intent was to use the higher rent from the aquarium for various city services, Colangelo said. About 20 percent of the aquarium complex sits in Pacific Grove, while the rest is in Monterey.