Carmel-By-the-Sea Flanders Mansion, Measure I (November 2009)
The question on the ballot was, "Approve discontinuance and abandonment of, and authorization to sell, Flanders mansion property public parkland. Shall discontinuance and abandonment of the Flanders Mansion Property (APN 010-061-005) as public parkland, and authorization to sell the Flanders Mansion Property "with Conservation Easements and Mitigation" as passed on May 12, 2009 by the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea City Council by Resolutions No. 2009-30 through 2009-33, be approved?"
Voters who wished to vote by mail had until October 27 to do so; otherwise, voters went to the polls on November 3.
The sale of Flanders Mansion
Flanders Mansion is a National Register Property located in the Mission Trail Nature Preserve. The city council of Carmel-By-The-Sea voted in December 1999 to sell the property. The "Flanders Foundation" was formed to resist the sale. The Flanders Foundation has filed a variety of lawsuits against the city since 2005 to prevent the sale of the property, costing the town over $800,000 in legal fees.
The city originally purchased the 15+ acre Flanders property, including the Mansion, in 1972 for $275,000. The mansion was built by the Flanders family in 1920.