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CRA Hosts - Reimagining the Village: How do we Emerge?
Wednesday, May 06, 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM PDT
Category: Carmel Residents Assoc

Wednesday May 6 - 2:00 PM - "Reimagining the Village: How do we Emerge?"


  • Mayor Dave Potter will discuss the challenges the City faces, possible options to reopen and how you can help 

  • Councilperson Carrie Theis will represent the challenges the hotels in town face going forward

  • Anthony Carnazzo, the owner of Stationaery restaurant will present what his industry could look like

  • Carmel Chamber CEO Jenny MacMurdo will discuss the status of businesses in town and how she is helping

  • Tim Allen of Tim Allen Properties and CarmelGives will discuss the state of the real estate market

  • Dale Byrne, Board Member of the Carmel Residents Association will moderate

You can participate by submitting your questions and ideas. Send them to [email protected] or click here to fill out an anonymous form.

The program will be a Zoom webinar and will allow some level of interaction with the panelists. The meeting will be limited to 100 attendees and you must register to attend. It will be recorded for viewing shortly after the event is completed. If we exceed the 100 registrations we will live stream the event on YouTube Live during the event. 

Registration is required. To register in advance click here.

(Our Calendar will have the latest information on how to attend)

Program Overview

While we will have a number of interesting and engaging online programs over the coming weeks, this one has taken on some serious overtones with what has happened to our beautiful Village over the past few months. In a blink of an eye our it has been virtually shut down by a county order, with not a tour bus in sight and no revenue from tourism coming into the City. Unfortunately, this unthinkable tragedy will mean our Village will never be the same. The commercial district will come back but not to what it was before. Empty storefronts will need to be filled eventually...but with what? Will there ever be or should there be tour busses like before? Will we need as many hotels, art galleries and wine tasting rooms? What are the economics of running a restaurant or hotel with social distancing and extensive cleaning requirements?

The Carmel Residence Association has, for 33 years, taken a long-term approach to protecting the character of our Village-in-the-Forest. And, we will continue to do that. The focus of this panel discussion was originally to look back at how 15 Carmelites created a report back in 1991 that was to dream about the Village when we celebrated our millennium in 2016. However, after speaking with Mayor Potter it has become clear that our focus now needs to be working with all constituents to get our City open again. We all love the quiet streets but, for better or worse, our City budget and the livelihoods of our business owners depends on the hotels, restaurants and shops being open and busy. So, we are changing the focus of this panel discussion to a more short-term perspective. How can we slowly and safely emerge to start the rebuilding process.

We want your ideas and questions to help us prepare for this panel discussion. You can send them to us at [email protected] or use this form. Please include you name and email if you would like to join in the discussion online.