CANNON BEACH - The Cannon Beach City Council denied a ballot Measure 49 claim to build a motel and extend a seawall during its meeting Tuesday night.

Irving and Jeanette Stevens, who own the Ecola Inn, originally wanted to extend an existing seawall north by 105 feet and build a motel behind the wall. They filed a claim in 2006 under ballot Measure 37, contending that land-use restrictions adopted by the city after they bought the midtown property in 1958 prevented them from developing the land. They sought either a waiver of the restrictions or compensation of $2.8 million for the lost use of their land.

In January 2007, the city granted a waiver that removed some of the restrictions. However, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, which has jurisdiction over Oregon's beaches, denied the claim.

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