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The city of Carmel-by-the-Sea is one square mile in area, with a population that has remained steady at between 4,000 and 4,100. Through the diligent efforts of dedicated and hard-working citizens and their elected and appointed officials, Carmel-by-the-Sea has retained much of its heritage and the quality of life which drew those first settlers to its midst.

Carmel-by-the-Sea was first incorporated as a City in 1916.  It was founded by artists and writers - among them Jack London, George Sterling, Mary Austin and Robinson Jeffers. Carmel-by-the-Sea is resplendent in rich natural beauty and prides itself on its white sand beach, luxuriant landscaped bluffs, verdant urban forest, natural parklands and roadside greenbelts.

Annual revenues are between $12 million and $14 million per year, and the City employs approximately 72 full-time equivalent (FTE) people. The City has a June 30 fiscal year end, with a requirement to file an audited financial statement with the California State Controller’s Office.

Establishing Ordinance

THE CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA is hereby determined to be primarily, a residential City wherein business and commerce have in the past, are now, and are proposed to be in the future subordinated to its residential character; and that said determination is made having in mind the history and the development of said city, its growth and the causes thereof; and also its geographical and topographical aspects, together with its near proximity to the cities of Pacific Grove and Monterey and the businesses, industries, trades, callings and professions in existence and permissible therein.

Adopted by Ordinance No. 96 passed on this 5th day of June 1929.