Catching a wave on a foggy afternoon at Pleasure Point.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)
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Morning Lookout: A deep dive on Pleasure Point and another helping of Eaters Digest

Hello there, Lookout friends! Today is Friday, July 22, and a sunny day is ahead for Santa Cruz County, give or take some marine layer, with temps in the 70s to the low 90s.

We might also see some smoke from the Anzar fire, which is burning just east of the county line near Aromas; per Cal Fire, it had burned 100 acres and was 25% contained as of 7:30 a.m. Friday, forcing evacuations.

Closer to home this morning, we’re rolling out our latest Area Guide, with Neal Kearney taking us on a tour of Pleasure Point, with history, landmarks, famous folks and more.

Over on the Westside, meanwhile, UC Santa Cruz is getting $89 million from the latest state budget for its Kresge College renewal project, which will boost on-campus housing — very much needed in the current market.

And not that we need another reason to welcome Friday, but Lily Belli delivers one anyway with her latest Eaters Digest — so please, put on that bib and come along as we slurp up the day’s top headlines.

Pleasure Point’s rough edges have smoothed — a blessing and a curse for diehard locals

The overview of Pleasure Point.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Pleasure Point’s beat-up beach cottages are being torn down to erect multistory, multimillion-dollar homes. For lifelong Point denizens like Neal Kearney, the changing face of an iconic neighborhood — one of California’s last gritty surf ‘hoods — has been a yin-and-yang experience. The cost of living has soared, sending many longtime locals packing — and yet it’s become a livelier, friendlier scene that’s a nicer and safer place overall. Get the full tour here, with Pleasure Point history, landmarks, local lore, famous folks and more.

LOTS MORE GUIDES: From the Westside to the San Lorenzo Valley, summer events to foodie faves, Lookout maps it all out

EATERS DIGEST: Vamonos Comida opens in the Octagon and farewell to Funk’s Franks

Comida Vamonos opened in the Octagon in downtown Santa Cruz this week.
(Lookout Santa Cruz)

Belly Goat Burgers owners open a Mexican cantina in the Octagon, Chicago-inspired food truck Funk’s Franks says goodbye, and a few summer pleasures to enjoy before the season’s gone. Consume the latest from Lily Belli.

MORE LOCAL FOOD AND DRINK: Get all of Lookout’s coverage in one place

DAILY DIGEST

A solid tuneup for the weekend — though no weekend in these parts is complete with Weekender, Wallace Baine’s tour of Santa Cruz County’s arts and entertainment scene. Of course, you’ll get all of the goodies Lookout has in store by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and you can also keep tabs throughout the day by bookmarking our website.

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Enjoy your Friday, have a safe, relaxing weekend, and good luck to everyone running Wharf to Wharf — I’ll see you out there!

Will McCahill
Lookout Santa Cruz