What can Coastsiders expect in the future, when the storied tunnel that cuts through Devil’s Slide and smoothly links Montara to Pacifica finally opens?

The commerce group BNI, which meets locally at the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club every Thursday morning, seeks to answer those questions by hosting a two-part series, “Life after the Tunnel” and “Commerce on the Coastside.”

Both of those topics will be addressed at two meetings geared to offer the public a glimpse of what the future will look like once the $500 million tunnel project wraps up in November of this year.

The first of those meetings is set from 8 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 19, at the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club at 214 Princeton Ave. in Princeton.

On Thursday, Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Charise McHugh, serving as an expert speaker on the subject, will lead discussion focusing on how the tunnel will affect local businesses and if your business will benefit from this major improvement project.

McHugh will touch on how the local area urban residential plan is in place with growth control limits, but the new tunnel can potentially foster new businesses and increase commerce, particularly for the hospitality and consumer-driven local businesses. It also holds possible boons for local residents as well as business owners.

That discussion will link into the second part of the series, from 8 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, also at the yacht club. California State Sen. Jerry Hill is tentatively set as the speaker for that meeting, though that is not confirmed as of press time.

Coffee, pastries and a continental breakfast will be served at Thursday’s meeting. The 30-minute discussion will be followed by a shortened version of the BNI group’s typical business meeting, which involves local businesses sharing leads, ideas and referrals. r

For further information, and to RSVP, contact Bill Cook at (650) 255-0055 or Kevin O’Brien at 726-6328.

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Tyler Durden
Tyler Durden

"....On Thursday, Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Charise McHugh, serving as an expert speaker on the subject, will lead discussion focusing on how the tunnel will affect local businesses and if your business will benefit from this major improvement project..."

Oh yes an expert speaker. What makes for an "expert speaker" anyway?.Did she foresee how the dot.com bubble and subsequent bust would affect local businesses? Gee, what's the occupancy rate at the Ritz Carleton these days? Did she foresee how the subprime mortgage/illegal immigration bubble would affect the local real estate market? What's the foreclosure rate on the Coastside these days? Something tells me all this hype about the so-called economic impact of the tunnel is just one more bubble.

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