From the Former Owner of Paul's Resort
In My Quiet Time, I Dream of Sonoma
February 24, 2016
Once upon a time/a long time ago. When Paul's was still open, I spent the evenings, as I was privileged to do many times, listening to unforgettable music played by an incredibly talented musician, my father Paul Marcucci.
The thought entered my mind that this will not go on forever. That some day the music will stop. Nothing goes on forever. I tried to capture the moment, and other memories after that. What the mind forgets, the heart remembers.
I have been approached for years by people wanting to buy my property, but I considered it my home, and had no desire to sell. But nothing goes on forever.
When I was approached by "Splash" to purchase the property, my heart was opened to the idea. How could that be since I was always so strongly attached to the past and the property? I believe strongly that it was divine intervention.
I had three concerns weighing heavily on my heart. One: What will become of the tenants??? Some had so little income. How can you ask for what isn't there?
"Splash" handled the situation generously beyond expectations. All found other places. One concern lifted.
My other concern were the cats. One count years back was 33. Ending with 15. Who's going to take care of the cats?? Well, the tenants found them homes, and some friends took some. Only 3 remain, and they are ferals.
Last, but not least -- the Little League Baseball field. I was told in the beginning that they could remain. I was at peace with that decision.
Later, my husband and I were called to a private meeting. "Splash" wanted to explain something to us before word got out and was misunderstood. They were under no obligation to do so, but from the beginning Paul Favaro and Michael Woods have been upfront and considerate beyond any expectations.
When they started to explain that it was not monetarily feasible to keep the Little League on the property, my heart sank.
But they continued to explain a plan. They would work with the Little League in their transition across the street to Maxwell Park.
In its place, they proposed multi-family residential apartments with affordable housing components and market rates.
How can I or anyone else oppose a proposal like that? Especially when there is such a desperate need??
My family and I through the years have accommodated a few renters. Now it can continue on a larger scale. I see it as a win-win for all. The Little League moves across the street with possible better accommodations, and those in need have a roof over their heads.
If people pull together and work together for the betterment of all -- "Looks good to me!"
This is something I could be proud to leave as a legacy.
- Yvonne Marcucci Thibault